Welcome to part two of our blog series about common car maintenance myths! In this post, we’ll go over more common auto care misconceptions that could potentially be costing you money in the long run!
Myth: Punctured Tires Should Always Be Replaced
Saying that you need to replace every single punctured tire is like saying that you need to get a cast every time you scratch your arm. Do you like saving money? Then don’t buy into this myth! You probably have some notion of how much money tires cost (hint: it’s a lot), and you almost certainly want to avoid this cost if it’s superfluous.
Many punctures can be easily patched, and when the job is done by an experienced mechanic, you can bet that it will be just as airtight as it was before you ran over that nasty nail.
Tire holes are often small, subtle problems that wear at you over time. Many of these do not require such a drastic change as swapping the tire. Before you consider buying a whole new one, consult with your local car technicians to verify whether or not it’s patchable.
Myth: Every Repair Requires a Professional Touch
As car care experts and mechanics in the Savannah area, we’d be remiss to not take advantage of any opportunity to recommend our services to you. Of course we want you to come into our auto care center, but we also believe in being genuine to our customers and serving their needs first, and the truth is that we’d be lying if we said that every single maintenance job under the sun needs the touch of car experts.
There are many simple repairs that can be done on a DIY basis. If you want to save some money, you can elect to do jobs such as replacing your air filter and rotating your tires by yourself. You can even replace certain components on your engine very easily if you have the exact problem pinpointed and you know which part will fix it!
The caveat to this is that fixing problems yourself takes a lot more time, and you’re at the mercy of your own knowledge and expertise. Consulting online sources for information is useful, such as message boards and Youtube, but sometimes these can be misleading. By taking your car to your local mechanics, you’ll have a one hundred percent assurance that the problems are being properly diagnosed.
Myth: Premium Fuel is Always the Best Choice
We’re going to shut this one down real quick — for the majority of cars, there is absolutely no difference in performance between premium and standard grade fuel.
That isn’t to say, however, that there are no differences in the fuel grades at all. But the differences in the fuel scale up, not down. That is to say, there are certain engines that require premium fuel. You will definitely notice a difference if you use lower quality fuel on those. But for an engine that only needs standard fuel, nothing will change if you opt for premium.
That’s why you should be informed about which fuel type your car needs. Again, some vehicles require premium-grade fuel, and that’s that. You’ll damage them in the long-term by using anything less than the caliber that they need. We’ve had clients that have driven their car for years, unaware of the fuel requirements.
This is another problem that can be easily solved by referring to your owners’ manual. It pays to be educated on this essential aspect of your vehicle!
Myth: My Engine Needs to Be Warm Before I Drive it In the Cold
If you live in Savannah, you’re probably all too familiar with the sweltering hot summers that can be followed by piercing cold winters. In these cold seasons (like right now), your car may behave differently than it does in hot weather.
Many cars don’t perform as well in freezing cold conditions — engines run hot, after all, and many components are slower and less efficient when they’re cold. One common misconception is that you should let your engine get nice and steamy before you drive it in the cold, which supposedly improves performance and reduces the chance for cold idling in older cars.
While driving a hot car is indeed safer and more efficient, you don’t have to sit around and wait for it to warm up before you take off. That’s because your car heats up significantly faster when the engine is active. By just driving it after you start it, it’ll get to its ideal temperature much faster than if you just sat there waiting. For more tips on car maintenance during winter, check out our page on winterization!
Expert Mechanics in Savannah
Now that you’re a little more informed on common car care myths, do what’s best for your vehicle by taking it into Savannah Car Care if you have need for any maintenance! Our mechanics are highly qualified auto technicians, and we can help you to take care of any problems that might be giving you trouble. Customer service is our number one priority and we will do everything in our power to leave your car in the best possible condition it can be in when we return it to you. Contact us today!