The 5 Most Common Car Maintenance Myths - Busted!

Do not be misled by common car maintenance myths! Our latest article breaks down the top five misconceptions. 

Keeping your car in top shape requires accurate information, but there are plenty of myths circulating about car maintenance that can lead you astray.

Myth #1: You Must Change Your Oil Every 3,000Km

Busted: The 3,000-km oil change rule is outdated. Most modern cars can go longer between oil changes, typically around 5,000 to 7,500 km, depending on your vehicle and the type of oil used. Regularly check your car’s manual for manufacturer-recommended intervals and be sure to check the sticker we placed on your windshield on your last service.

Myth #2: Premium Fuel Makes Your Car Run Better

Semi-Busted: Unless your vehicle specifically requires premium fuel, using regular unleaded gasoline will not harm your engine or decrease performance. Premium fuel offers no benefits if it’s not needed. Keep in mind that 98 Unleaded usually includes additives that can ‘clean’ internal parts of the engine to improve fuel consumption and long-term reliability. That, however, will not make your car perform better, go faster or get a substantial enough better mileage. 

Myth #3: You Should Warm Up Your Engine Before Driving in Cold Weather

Busted: Modern engines are designed to run efficiently in cold weather without the need for extended warm-up periods. Idling your car excessively only wastes fuel and can harm the environment.

Myth #4: Engine Additives Can Fix Anything

Busted: While some additives can improve fuel efficiency or help with specific issues, they won’t magically fix major engine problems. Regular maintenance and quality oil are more effective in ensuring your engine’s health.

Myth #5: You Must Always Inflate Your Tires to the Maximum PSI Listed on the Sidewall

Busted: The maximum PSI listed on the tire sidewall is not the recommended pressure for your car. The correct tire pressure can be found in your vehicle’s manual or on a label inside the driver’s door frame. Overinflating your tires can lead to a harsh ride and uneven tire wear. 

Accurate knowledge is the key to keeping your car in optimal condition. 

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