Car Care Myths

August 21st, 2013 by

oil change at Cox MazdaDo I need to change my oil every 3,000 miles? Should I warm up my car before a long trip? These are some common car care myths that just won’t seem to die. Knowing the truth behind these and other myths will not only help you to feel more informed, but can also save you mucho bucks in the long run.

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  • Do I need to change my oil every 3,000 miles? This may have been true in the past, but most vehicles can go much, much longer between oil changes. Improvements in both engine and oil technology have helped to contribute to this increase. Many cars can go roughly upwards 7500 miles. The best way to find out, though, is to check your car’s service manual. There you’ll find a schedule laid out by the manufacturer that says when you need to take care of things like oil changes, as well as other essential services.
  • Should I warm the car before a long trip? Letting your car idle in the driveway doesn’t do as much good as you think to warm up the engine block. The car isn’t running at high enough RPMs to make that big of a difference. What you should do is take it easier on your car for the first few miles.
  • Should I inflate my tires to what it says on the side of the tire? This number is the pressure the tire can safely hold. The pressure recommended for your vehicle should be listed on a sticker on the driver’s side door jamb. Making sure your tires are properly inflated will not only help to increase their overall life, but will help to increase your fuel economy.
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