As long as automobiles have been around, there have been tips and tricks to get the best out of your vehicle. Some are true and are great for keeping your vehicle clean and healthy. But there are also myths that have circulated that are patently false. In some cases, following the advice can lead to investing more of your money than needed or even an early demise for your vehicle.
When it comes to keeping your vehicle happy and healthy, here are five falsehoods you want to avoid.
Myth: You Should Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles.
Don’t listen to the quick-lube shops and oil companies, trust your owner’s manual. In it, you can find the recommended distance between oil changes. Most cars can go over twice as many miles as the myth says before it needs an oil change.
Myth: Inflate Your Tires to the Maximum Pressure
On the tire’s sidewall, there’s a PSI figure that tells you the maximum pressure the tire can safely hold. Just because you can fill it to that PSI, doesn’t mean you should. Check the automaker’s recommended pressure for the safest and most comfortable ride. It’s usually on a sticker in the glove box, driver-side doorjamb, or on the fuel-filled door.
This myth will hurt your wallet more than your car. Most cars do just fine on regular-grade fuel and shelling out the extra money for premium will make no difference.
Myth: Wash Your Car with Dishwashing Liquid or Laundry Detergent.
Stick with carwash liquid. Dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent can strip off the wax from your car’s exterior. Carwash liquid won’t. Plus, it’s a waste of detergent and dishwashing liquid.
Myth: A Battery That’s Been Jump-started Will Recharge After a Few Minutes of Driving.
Nope. It can take several hours of driving before a car battery is fully recharged. Your best bet is to bring it home and hook it up to a battery charger for most of the day.