Spring Season is officially here, even if Mother Nature is refusing to believe it and put the cold weather to bed. We’ve had some unusually chilly days and rogue winter precipitation, but it’s going to end eventually. It’s time to pull the car out of the garage and start thinking about getting your car ready for spring and summer driving.
We’re debunking six car maintenance myths so you can save time and focus on what your car needs.
Myth 1: Extended Oil Changes are ok for your vehicle’s engine
The most important service for your vehicle is the Oil Change. Engine oil breaks downs over time and can turn into sludge, which can damage internal engine components, resulting in costly engine repairs. Changing the engine oil and filter at its required interval will protect and extend the life of your engine. Oil change mileage intervals vary for different car models. Typically, conventional oil is 3,000 to 5,000 miles, and synthetic oil is around 5,000 miles to 7,000.
Myth 2: Some fluids, such as Antifreeze and Transmission fluid do not need to be changed
If you look in most glove box owner’s manual, you may see that the car maker has no recommendation for fluid changes, other than engine oil. Some manuals state that certain fluids can last 100,000 miles or more. All fluids can break down over time, and neglecting these fluids can cost you! Listen to your mechanic and take his/her advice on when these fluids need to be changed.
Myth 3: Follow the Tire Sidewall Pressure guidelines
The psi figure on the side of the tire is the maximum pressure the tire will hold safely, but doesn’t take into consideration your particular car and how it balances braking, handling, gas mileage, and ride comfort. Look for the motor vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations; it’s usually on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb, in the glove box, or on the fuel-filler door.
Myth 4: Let your car warm up
Outdated advice. Driving the car is the fastest way to warm up a modern engine, and the sooner it warms up, the sooner it delivers the best mileage and performance. Just remember not to rev the engine during the first few miles.
Myth 5: Use dish soap to clean your car
Detergents strip off a car’s wax finish which can lead yours to rust. Pay a little extra and stick with the car-wash liquid, which cleans without removing wax. Don’t forget about the undercarriage where salt and road grime can sit for extended periods of time.
Myth 6: A car battery will recharge after a jump and few minutes of driving
Not even close. It can take hours of driving to give the battery a full charge, especially after a cold winter. All those power accessories in your car draw so much power that the alternator has little left to recharge the battery. You can check to see if the battery will still hold a charge by having your battery tested. If it can, several hours may be needed on a battery charger to give the battery a full charge.
We recently read a survey about customer behavior and how they choose a mechanic. Reputation was the most important factor provided by both men and women, closely followed by price, then trust. Wouldn’t it be great if you could find all three in one place? Osceola Garage has been serving the Putnam County Community for over 25 years and is proud to offer an excellent reputation, car care clinics, and unbeatable prices. We know car maintenance is important but more important, are the people driving them. If you’re looking for a new mechanic, choose one that sees the person first and takes the time to explain car maintenance to you. Our doors are always open, and we stand behind our serviced cars with our $26,000 Lifetime Protection Plan.