Car Care Myths Debunked

November 29, 2017

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The cooler weather is here and with it comes some car care myths!  For instance, should you warm up your car's engine before driving it?  At one time that was true but today's cars heat themselves fairly fast. Just get it, start it, and start driving. The sooner the engine warms up, the sooner it reaches its maximum efficiency and delivers the best fuel economy and performance. A confusing item is the proper tire pressure.  While your tire has one pressure setting your car has another one.  So which one to follow? Well it's important to realize the tire pressure number on your tires is generally the maximum tire pressure and not the ideal setting. Always go by the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure, which is usually printed on a sticker on the driver’s doorjamb or inside the fuel-filler door. Finally, should you change your car's motor oil every 3,000 miles?  Although oil companies and quick-lube shops like to promote this idea, it’s usually not necessary. Most vehicles driven under normal conditions can go 7,500 miles or more between oil changes. Nearly all new models have a monitoring system that alerts the driver when the oil needs changing based on your driving habits.  So you can extend change intervals to 10,000 or 15,000 miles, so go by the recommended oil-change schedule in your owner’s manual.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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