Myths abound in every culture around the world. Even in first world countries, where people are supposed to be modern and logical, myths can be found in every corner. Take for example the world of motorized vehicles – it is as modern as can be, but the myths are there! Have you fallen for any of these myths? Take a look.
Myth #1: Change your oil every 3,000 miles.
I know a lot of people who follow this myth to the T. Some even change their motor oil before they reach the 3,000-mile mark. The truth is that you HAVE TO change your motor oil on a regular basis. This can make or break your engine. However, 3,000 miles is not the mark anymore. This is especially true for newer models. Indeed, experts say that you can easily go twice that distance before having to change your oil. The safest bet is 5,000 miles.
Myth #2: Warm up your engine before you go.
Again, a lot of people tend to do this. Perhaps it is because of habit, but it really is not necessary anymore. Fuel-injection systems have done away with the need to let the engine idle for a bit before taking off. Don’t waste your time and money doing this.
Myth #3: The higher the octane rating, the better your car will perform.
Not true. Cars are made with a certain octane rating in mind. Just because this kind of gasoline has a higher octane rating doesn’t mean that your car will be better running on it. Check what kind of gasoline your car is designed for and stick with that. There is no need to spend extra when there really is no benefit.