June 19, 2024

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Pump the brakes on these car myths

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Many car myths have passed on from generation to generation. Some we take for granted because we learned from our parents, or simply because most people told us that was the way things were done. But it’s now time to challenge some of the greatest myths about cars.

In this gallery, you’ll discover myths that are completely false, those with a hint of truth to them, and why some myths still persist to this day. Click through to know more.

Premium fuel will help your car’s performance

Some cars do require a gas with higher octane level, but if this is not specified in your car’s manual, then you’re just wasting money.

You should replace all tires at the same time

This is not the case at all. You can indeed replace just one tire, as long as it’s similar to the ones you already have. However, some experts recommend replacing them in pairs (the two in the front, or the two in the back).

Using your cell phone while pumping gas can trigger an explosion

You’ve probably noticed the signs on gas stations, but what would actually happen if you use your cell phone? Apparently nothing. The destructive link between wireless technology and fuel vapors has not been proven.

Electric cars are more susceptible to catching fire

There is no proof that electric cars are more likely to catch fire when compared with ‘regular’ cars.

You’ll get more gas if you fill up in the morning

Cooler air means denser fuel, so you’ll get more bang for your buck if you fill up in the morning, right? Nope, because gas temperature doesn’t really change throughout the day.

You should change the coolant fluid and air filters when getting your oil changed

Your mechanic might recommend you change these when you change your oil, but you don’t really have to. Check your car’s manual beforehand for instructions on how often you should do it.

You must change your car’s oil every 5,000 km (around 3,000 miles)

Your mechanic might recommend you change these when you change your oil, but you don’t really have to. Check your car’s manual beforehand for instructions on how often you should do it.

You don’t actually have to change your oil

Well, you do. Oil will get dirty as particles accumulate over time. Check you car’s manual for instructions as to when it needs an oil change, and stick to it!

Source: Pump the brakes on these car myths (msn.com)

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