Myths About Car Service and Maintenance

April 29th, 2013 by

There are some pretty bad myths out there about the best way to care for your vehicle. Without the right knowledge, it’s impossible to know what’s good for your car and what’s not. We’ll bust some of these myths, and it won’t take any explosions, crashes, berets, or snazzy mustaches.

  • Myth: You need to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles. This is a case of old knowledge becoming irrelevant. Most vehicles today can go much longer than 3,000 miles before they need to get their oil changed. Between 5,000 and 7,500 miles is typical. The best way to find this out is to check your vehicle’s manual for your service schedule.
  • Myth: Letting your car warm up in the morning is a smart idea. Dad used to do this before long road trips. While the idea sounds right, your engine isn’t running at high enough revolutions to really create the heat needed to do what you want it to do. You’re only just putting wear on your systems and wasting gas. Instead, drive a little more slowly when you get started in the morning, taking it easy when you accelerate. This will help to get the oil going and reduce overall vehicle wear.
  • Myth: I need higher octane fuel to protect my vehicle. Unless your vehicle specifically calls for more expensive fuel, stick to the cheaper, lower octane stuff. Modern vehicles are designed to take lower octane fuels and typically have sensors that change the timing of firing to offset knocking. On this note, though, it is wise to get your gas from large gasoline companies, rather than from ones you’ve never heard of. These smaller names will sometimes skip on important additives that help to protect your engine and prevent excessive wear.
  • Myth: Air-conditioning burns gasoline, so I’ll open the windows instead. Compared with the energy it takes to power your car, the energy it takes to run your A/C is relatively small. Opening your windows, in fact, creates more drag, which means your car is working harder to keep moving.

Come to Cox Mazda for Your Service Needs

It’s no secret that regular maintenance is vital for the well being of your vehicle. Like we said, looking in your manual is the best way to find out when you need service like an oil change. If you’re overdue, our professional service team would be happy to help you out. Schedule service at Cox Mazda when you’re ready.