5 car maintenance myths (and the truth behind them)

February 14th, 2018 by

When it comes to car care, what goes on under the hood is a mystery to some people. That’s why it’s important to bring your ride in for routine car maintenance at our Orlando auto service center and let the professionals take care of it. However, it never hurts to have knowledge on your side so you can make educated decisions about what’s best for your ride. Toyota of Orlando is busting the top five car maintenance myths for you so you can feel more confident about your ownership!

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Myth #1: You need to schedule an oil change every 3,000 miles. 

False. With new oils and new technology, your car can actually run longer than 3,000 miles. In fact, some synthetic oils can last up to 10,000 miles before needing a change. Here’s the caveat, though – if you’re using traditional motor oil, you very well could need an oil change ever 3,000 – 5,000 miles. Let our Orlando Toyota service techs point you in the right direction depending on your car’s performance, the type of oil you use, and the general condition of your motor.

Myth #2: Premium fuel is better for your car. 

False. If your car requires premium fuel, then yes, you should absolutely use it. You can find this information in your owner’s manual. However, if your car is fine with regular unleaded then that’s what you should put in the gas tank. Using premium won’t improve your car’s performance or make the engine function any more efficiently; it’ll really just put a bigger hole in your wallet. Stick to what your car needs!

Myth #3: You can wash your car with any type of soap. 

False. Did you know that using soaps like dish soap or laundry detergent can actually damage your car’s paint over time? They strip the wax finish off because the chemicals in them are harsh. Instead, use a specially-formulated soap for your car, which can get things nice and clean without stripping the protective wax off. Our Orlando auto parts techs can help you pick the one that best fits your needs and your budget.

Myth #4: You need to warm your car up before you hit the road. 

False. A lot of people actually believe this one, but it’s just not true. It’s better to hit the road without idling to “warm things up” because driving will actually warm your car up better than just sitting there, even when it’s cold out. You may want to let your car get a few miles on the odometer before gunning it or taking to the highway, but you don’t need to wait for your car to warm up in the morning before you take off.

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Myth #5: Once you jump your car battery, you don’t need to replace it. 

False – sometimes. For the most part, if your car battery needs a jump then there’s an issue that’s preventing it from doing its job… and it most likely needs to be replaced. In fact, most of the time when you jump your car it’s wisest to go straight to a car maintenance center to have the voltage checked and the battery replaced. If you stop somewhere and turn your car off, chances are you’ll have to have it jumped again. Save yourself the hassle!

Need to schedule Orlando car maintenance today? Call (407) 298-0001!

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