As you scroll your social media feed, listen to the radio, talk with family and friends, or even browse blogs, you’re sure to come across unsolicited advice from well-meaning (but often ill-informed) people. But when it comes to taking care of your car, it’s very important to know the difference between real advice and urban legend.
Here are three car care myths, and the truth behind them, that you need to know!
Myth: The tire pressure written on the tire wall give you the best inflation for performance.
Properly inflating your tires means maximizing your miles per gallon and increased safety. But before you use that gas station air pump, beware. The number on the side wall indicates the maximum pressure the tire can hold, but that’s not always the best level. Other factors, like tire balance, comfort, handling, and mileage, affect the optimum inflation for your tires this pressure is usually listed in your owner’s manual or on a sticker in the door.
Myth: Your battery can be fixed with a jump start.
You should ALWAYS have your battery tested after receiving a jump start. Problems with the alternator, age or corrosion of the battery, and accessories could be draining the battery. A jump start is a temporary solution, but it won’t solve these issues.
Myth: Premium grade fuel performs better than regular grade fuel.
Using a higher octane gas won’t hurt, but it won’t help either. But even though using a grade that is LOWER than what’s recommended in your manual recommended can save a few bucks at the pump, it CAN have negative effects. The higher-octane number is meant for high-compression engines because the fuel is less prone to igniting early in the engine. Stick with the type your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends.
The next time you hear a rumor or tip about car care and maintenance, call our experts at 719-481-4393. We’ll help you get to the truth so you can make the best decisions for your family and your vehicle! To learn more, stop by the shop in Monument or request an appointment online.