Clearing Up the Myths

Common Misconceptions About Auto Repair

Auto repair can be a confusing and overwhelming process for many car owners. With so much online information, it's easy to get caught up in myths and misconceptions about what's truly important for maintaining your vehicle. In this blog post, we will clear up some of the most common misconceptions about auto repair and help you better understand what you need to do to keep your car running smoothly.

Myth #1: You only need to change your oil every 5,000 km. This is a common misconception that dates back to the days when cars were not as efficient as they are today. Most modern vehicles can reach 10,000 or even 15,000 km between oil changes. You must check your owner's manual to see what the manufacturer recommends for your make and model.

Myth #2: You need to warm up your car before driving. This myth dates back to when cars had carburetors that needed to be warmed up before running efficiently. Today's cars are equipped with fuel injection and can be driven as soon as they are started. The vehicle should start moving quickly to circulate oil and warm up the engine.

Myth #3: You need to use premium gasoline for your car. While premium gasoline has a higher octane rating, most cars don't have to run on it. Unless your car's manufacturer explicitly recommends it, regular gasoline is acceptable and will not harm your engine.

Myth #4: You must replace your brakes whenever you hear a squealing sound. While a squealing sound is a sign that your brakes need attention, it doesn't necessarily mean they must be replaced. It could be caused by worn brake pads or brake dust buildup. At Albion Auto, we can inspect your brakes and determine if they need to be replaced or if a simple service or adjustment is required.

Myth #5: You need to rotate your tires whenever you get an oil change. While it's important to rotate your tires to ensure even wear, it doesn't need to be done every time you get an oil change. Most manufacturers recommend rotating tires every 10,000 to 15,000 km or as specified in the owner's manual.

Understanding the truth behind these common misconceptions lets you make more informed decisions about your car's maintenance and repairs. Remember always to consult your owner's manual, and if you have any questions or concerns about your vehicle, don't hesitate to call us. We would be happy to hear from you.

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