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Committed to Helping You Maintain Your Vehicle

At Scott Sherman Auto Care, we are committed to helping you maintain your vehicle in optimum condition and performance. This committment to your vehicle doesn't stop when you leave our facility.

In this section of our website, you will find tips and news that you can use to help you maintain your vehicle and keep you driving safely and comfortably. Be sure to check back as these tips and news will be updated regularly.

5 Car Maintenance Myths

Many, if not most people over-maintain their vehicles. This is bad, first, because over-maintenance can lead to damage or poor performance and second, because it results in unnecessary expenses that hurt your wallet. The following are the top five car maintenance myths, followed by the facts, to help you keep your car in top shape, and keep the cash that you really don’t need to spend.

  1. Premium gasoline is better. This myth is just usually false – some cars do increase the performance of your vehicle. But most of the time, ‘better’ is not actually better. A good rule of thumb is that unless your vehicle is a sports car with a high-compression engine that requires high-octane gas (the official term for premium gasoline), your car’s lower compression engine will get the same results whether you use regular or premium.
  2. Fuel additives are good for your engine. Nope! It’s touted that a fuel additive helps prevent deposits from clogging the system, increase gas mileage, etc. However, because every single manufacturer of gasoline since 1995 is required to include clog-preventing detergents, a fuel additive is essentially useless.
  1. Change your oil every 3,000 miles. All cars are not made equal, so this blanket rule for the frequency of oil changes is a complete myth – now; back in the 1970s, the oil used was not as technologically advanced, and cars required more changes. Check your owner’s manual, or search online for your automaker’s recommended frequency. Most cars can travel around 7,500 miles between oil changes (more with synthetic oil), but if you do a lot of city driving (stop-and-go) or traveling through areas with lots of dust, more frequent changes is a good idea.
  2. Follow the tire’s sidewall for the optimal pressure. This is a total myth! In fact, the psi number shown on the side of each tire is actually the maximum pressure your tire can safely hold – not the optimal pressure. Follow your automaker’s recommendations, usually on a sticker on the doorjamb of the driver’s side door, the glove box, or inside the door to the gas tank.
  3. On cold days, particularly in the winter, you should warm up the engine before driving. This may have been the case back in the day, but the truth today is actually the opposite. An idling engine takes longer to warm up than if you just turn on the car and go, and other parts need warming up too – such as the transmission, which can only warm up through normal driving operations.

At the end of the day, you should educate yourself on the specific needs your car has for maintenance. Do your homework, and ultimately, you’ll want to find a mechanic you can trust to help keep your car running in top shape, without charging you superfluously. 
 

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