Let’s Debunk Some Car Care Myths For Your New Car or Truck!

April 26th, 2010 by

So you just bought a new car or truck and you are wondering about maintenance and oil changes etc. Or maybe your thinking I have an older car and every month I do this or that and it doesn’t seem to help at all. Did you know that you could be spending money on things you think will help and actually they aren’t helping at all? You could even be causing damage to your car without knowing it. Well Consumer Reports put out a great little article on car care myths. I think if you read through this you may find that you are making a few mistakes yourself. Look at it this way when you head to your Cincinnati Cadillac dealer for some maintenance you’ll have a little bit more insight on your car or truck.

Myth: If regular-grade fuel is good, premium must be better.
Reality: Most vehicles run just fine on regular-grade (87 octane) fuel. Using premium in these cars won’t hurt, but it won’t improve performance, either. A higher-octane number simply means that the fuel is less prone to pre-ignition problems, so it’s often specified for hotter running, high-compression engines. So if your car is designed for 87-octane fuel, don’t waste money on premium. Only use premium if your car’s owner’s manual says “required.”

Myth: Let your engine warm up for several minutes before driving.
Reality: That might have been good advice for yesteryear’s cars but is less so today. Modern engines warm up more quickly when they’re driven. And the sooner they warm up, the sooner they reach maximum efficiency and deliver the best fuel economy and performance. But don’t rev the engine high over the first few miles while it’s warming up.

Myth: A dealership must perform regular maintenance to keep your car’s factory warranty valid.
Reality: As long as the maintenance items specified in the vehicle owner’s manual are performed on schedule, the work can be done at any auto-repair shop. If you’re knowledgeable, you can even do the work yourself. Just keep accurate records and receipts to back you up in case of a warranty dispute on a future repair.

See  Consumer Reports for the cool video and additional information on car or truck care myths.

What do you think about these myths?

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