Keeping your car properly maintained is a lot of work, and it’s a veritable nightmare to a lot of people who are unfamiliar with the ins and outs of how cars work. That is, after all, why auto service centers like Savannah Car Care exist. It’s nice to have some help with your car, and there’s nothing wrong with handing it to professionals if you just don’t want to deal with it!
With that being said, everyone can benefit from a little bit of basic car knowledge — especially if they’ve bought into widely perpetuated myths that might prevent them from servicing their car when it’s needed.
There are all kinds of falsehoods that are commonly shared about car maintenance. At Savannah Car Care, we want to help everyone in Georgia to have a healthy, functioning car, so we’re here to debunk some common car care myths.
Don’t give in to the following falsehoods!
Myth: Running the AC Eats Up Your Gas
Did you know that this myth is so widely perpetuated that the Mythbusters themselves did an episode on it? They tested the idea of open windows versus air conditioning, and how each one affects gas mileage. Ultimately, the car running the AC got the better mileage because of the wind resistance that’s created with open windows.
The myth here is that many people opt to open their windows instead of using the air conditioner, because the AC system has an effect on gas mileage.
This isn’t totally false — the air conditioner does use additional gasoline, but in reality, the amount is so small that it’s basically negligible. The overwhelming majority of people won’t see an obvious difference in their mileage if they frequently use the AC system.
For our Georgia clients, this is good news — you don’t have to fear the air conditioner during our blistering hot summers!
Myth: Your Car is Fine if the Check Engine Light is Off
Many people are familiar with the ever-present “check engine” light that seems to haunt them no matter how much work is done to their car. This insidious little indicator loves to sneak up on people and fill them with impending dread about repair costs that could potentially cost them hundreds of dollars.
That’s why it’s a huge relief when the light isn’t on! Many drivers feel like the world is their oyster, that they can go wherever they want with their car worry-free until that dreaded little light turns on.
Unfortunately, the check engine indicator isn’t always reliable, both in the problems it flags, and the ones it doesn’t catch. Instead of relying on this little light to warn you of your car problems, it’s a good idea to have a routine maintenance checkup with your local mechanics to get ahead of any issues that may be building up in your vehicle.
Myth: The Oil Should Be Changed Every 3,000 Miles
While your car won’t be damaged by frequent oil changes, you might actually be getting them more often than your car needs if you’re sticking firmly to the “every 3,000 miles” recommendation that is standard among most auto repair shops.
The truth is that this is a standardized recommendation that’s a catch-all for most vehicles. If you want an exact figure for how long your car can go without an oil change, you’d benefit from checking your owner’s manual. Some cars can go for 5,000 miles, some for 7,000. Some can even go all the way up to 10,000. On the other hand, you might have a car where you should err on the side of safety and stick to the 3,000-mile model.
The point we’re trying to make is that every car is different, and by knowing the maintenance requirements that are specific to your model, you can end up saving money in the long run!
Auto Service in Savannah
That concludes part one of our most common car maintenance myths. Check back for part two! In the meantime, know that we’re just one phone call away if you’re ever in need of mechanic services in the greater Savannah area.
Savannah Car Care is made up of qualified professionals who know everything there is to know about vehicles, and we’re committed to putting our customers’ needs first, no matter the situation. Contact us today!