When it comes to vehicle maintenance, it seems that everyone has a different opinion about what's right and wrong. Unfortunately, this uncertainty leads many to fall victim to auto myths. To put this uncertainty at bay (pun intended), here are the five most common auto myths that we hear:
Myth #1: You don't need to get your tires aligned
Truth: You do. A proper wheel alignment does four very important things.
- Reduced tire wear and provides maximum tire life
- Enhances fuel economy
- Improves handling
- Increases overall driving safety
Myth #2: Off-brand gas will hurt your car
Truth: It all has to meet the same standards, but you should follow the grade required by your vehicle.
Myth #3: You need to change your oil every 3,000 miles
Truth: While this may be true for older vehicles, most newer vehicles are designed to go 7,500 miles or more between oil changes, under normal driving conditions. However, it's always a good idea to check your vehicle's owner's manual for the recommended mileage.
Myth #4: Inflate your tires to the pressure shown on the tire's sidewall
Truth: Contrary to popular belief, the figure listed on the tire's sidewall is the maximum tire pressure that the tire can hold. The correct tire pressure is usually listed in the driver's side doorjamb or in the glove compartment.
Myth #5: Top off your brake fluid when it gets low
Truth: Topping off your brake fluid when it gets low is not beneficial. A drop in fluid level generally indicates a bigger problem, such as worn out brake pads or leaky engine fluid. In this case, you'll want to get your car to your local Tire Discounters as soon as possible and let our expert staff take care of the rest.