Auto repair is complicated, which is why most people leave most of the work to professionals. Additionally, many of those inexperienced people start up rumors or misconceptions that get passed on and on. Even in the auto repair business, there are myths that our customers swear to be accurate. However, today we finally get to set the record straight. Below are some misconceptions that are simply false!
Myth #1: Premium gasoline will better your vehicle's performance.
Yes - premium gasoline may be more expensive than regular and mid-grade. But, price does not always correlate with quality or performance. Premium is only fitting for high-performing vehicles that require fuel with a higher octane level. It would be best if you always filled up with the fuel grade that your vehicle manufacturer recommends.
Myth #2: You need an oil change every 3,000 miles.
The interval you replace your engine oil depends on many different factors, not just the number of miles you've driven since your last service. It also depends on how you handle your car, the type of vehicle you own, and the type of oil your vehicle requires (synthetic, semi-synthetic, or conventional), which is why we don't recommend following the 3K rule.
Myth #3: Going to an independent repair shop will void your warranty.
Your vehicle warranty is active until the expiration date, regardless of where you choose to service your car. Dealerships will make it seem like you can only go to them, but there's nothing illegal about exploring other options. You can go anywhere as long as you save your receipts to prove that you received the necessary maintenance services.
Myth #4: You need to replace all your tires at once.
You can replace individual tires as needed so long as they're the same brand, model, and size as your other tires. Just like your socks or shoes, you don't want mismatched tires. Moreover, you don't always need to replace a new tire if you have a hole in one. If the damages are on the sidewall or are more than a quarter-inch in diameter, a professional can restore it.
Did any of these revelations surprise you? Knowing what's right and wrong about your vehicle maintenance is the first step to proper car care. For all your automotive needs, please do not hesitate to call or visit Auto Clinic Care!