There are many rumors or misconceptions that get spread surrounding cars and auto repair. While some of them can be true, many of them are not valid. Today, we are here to set the record straight with some automotive myth-busting.
Myth 1: Inflate your tires to the number shown on the tire sidewall.
When most people go to fill up their tires, they need to know how much to fill them. They often look at their tires for guidance. Unfortunately, the numbers on the sidewall are the maximum pressure your tires can hold, not the optimal psi. You can look at your owner's handbook or the driver's door jamb sticker for optimal pressure levels.
Myth 2: Premium fuel boosts performance.
Premium gas may be the most expensive fuel grade, but adding it to your car doesn’t guarantee it will do anything for your car’s performance. Premium gas is for vehicles that require a higher octane. You should always use the fuel type recommended by your manufacturer. It may save you some extra money.
Myth 3: Replace all your tires at once.
If your car isn't four-wheel drive, you can safely change a single tire or a pair of tires as long as they are the same size, brand, and model.
Myth 4: You have to get an oil change every 3,000 miles.
More than 45% of drivers believe this myth to be true. While this is the standard number, oil change intervals are dependent on driving habits and what your automaker recommends. Nowadays, with synthetic oils, most drivers can go up to 5,000-7,000 miles before needing an oil service.
Myth 5: Maintenance has to be done at the dealership.
Most people believe that they’re bound to have their vehicle serviced at the dealership in order to keep their warranty valid. However, you actually go wherever you please. In fact, you can find better quality service at Bimmer Motor Specialists. As long as you keep a record of your maintenance, your warranty will hold.
Did some of these myths surprise you at all? If your vehicle is due for maintenance, please do not hesitate to call or visit our auto repair shop in Coppell, TX today.