5 Car Maintenance Myths That Are Complete BS

Unlike in the past, owning a car nowadays is as easy as counting one to three. Dealers have become more flexible with their offers, allowing people to acquire vehicles with only a small amount of money needed. However, not everybody is well-informed when it comes to car maintenance.

Automotive care is important, but most car enthusiasts fail to grasp its significance. As a result, they wind up spending shitload of money to things they shouldn’t be spending to in the first place. Here in Idle Monkey, it’s about time that we dispel any myths involving car maintenance.

If you plan to save up – which most us of do – then you better continue reading.

#1. Replacing Oil Every 3,000 Miles

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This is actually true in the past when technological advances in car maintenance barely happened. But now, we’ve got synthetic versions of oil. Thanks to these, your vehicle can last for thousands of miles over the sacred 3,000 mark. In order to get the most out of your car, be sure to go for synthetic oil. But make sure the version or make you’re going to use is similar to that of your owner’s manual. As much as possible, go for the 5,000-mile oils.

#2. Only To Dealers Should You Run For PMS

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PMS (preventive maintenance schedule) or other car care procedures aren’t confined to dealers only. This is the biggest BS in the history. These dealers do this for the purpose of raking you boatloads of money. What matters the most is the kind of maintenance that gets done, not the technician that does it. And, oh, don’t be caught up with their warranty validity. Let them be. As long as you perform PMS on schedule, any expert can do it.

#3. Replacing One Tire Is Unacceptable

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Most tire service centers would recommend you to replace (at least) two tires just to ensure the same tread depth. But since they prove to be costly, you can always get away with one. This is especially true to some front-wheel and rear-wheel drive makes. But of course, if you think your tires still have an acceptable tread depth, there’s no need to change. The key here, though, is to replace tires using the same brand, tread pattern, size, and even speed rating. Otherwise, your car will be wearing a running shoe and a slipper.

#4. Replacing Tires After Running Over A Nail

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It holds true that a tire after being hit by a nail or something sharp may underperform. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to replace it with something new. Unless if you’re rich enough to do so, right? You see, there are plenty of tire shops out there that are capable of repairing the damage. They have the technology to do, so why not take advantage? They usually use a rubber patch method, which, from time to time, has proven to be very effective.

#5. Using Low (Or Standard) Quality Fuels Is Okay

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Believe it or not, this is actually bad for your car. When it comes to car maintenance, one of things that you need to remember always is the fuel quality. You can’t just use low-end fuels just because you want to save money. A few nickels and dimes for a higher quality are already enough to make a huge difference. Don’t settle for less if you don’t want to burden yourself with engine damage and poor overall performance. Besides, if you decide to own and drive a car, you better be ready for the costs involved.

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