Some motorists often make the mistake of following certain myths, thinking that they can save more on their maintenance costs if they follow these tips. More often than not, these myths only add to your expense instead of helping you out.
Here are some of the most popular and widely followed myths:
- Changing your engine oil every 3,000 miles
This is actually not true. What you should do is to follow the instructions in your car manual and do not listen to the sales pitch of oil companies. Most vehicles can drive up to approximately 7,500 miles or more before they need to change their engine oil.
Replacing your oil before it is due is just a waste of money and product. On the contrary, if you are a heavy user and you often use your vehicle for towing or off-road traveling, then changing your oil every 3,000 miles may not seem like a bad idea. Make sure you get the most out of your oil before you decide to replace it.
- Use a laundry detergent to wash your car
- Opening your windows is more cost-efficient than turning on your air conditioner
Switching on your AC will definitely require more fuel but opening your windows doesn’t really save you gas. In fact, an open air builds upwind resistance making your car less aerodynamic which actually makes you use more fuel. You are basically using the same amount of fuel when you’re using your AC or your windows are down.
- Premium gas is better than regular gas
Technically this may be true to some extent. It is more applicable to certain vehicles designed with high-compression engines. However, most standard vehicles are not built with this.
In effect, you won’t be able to maximize the benefits of using a premium gas. Most cars require using a regular gas.
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