30 Sep Top 3 Auto Maintenance Myths
In America, we love cars and we use them to get just about everywhere. From the early days of crank engines, to modern fuel injected luxury sedans, automobiles have been an integral part of our country for over one hundred years. So whether you’re a regular nine to fiver, or a seasoned race car driver, you have likely encountered some false information surrounding the maintenance of your vehicle. Below are the three most popular myths we hear at ProSaver about auto maintenance, and how knowing the truth can save you money.
1. Premium Gasoline
We’ve all heard it from a friend or family member before: “I only put premium gasoline in my (insert revered car brand here)”. The truth of the matter is that premium gasoline offers no benefits to engines that were not engineered to run on it. A study done in 2015 by AAA revealed that 70% of US drivers own vehicles that are designed to run on regular gasoline, and that 16.5 million drivers purchased premium gas for non premium gasoline automobiles. This means that due to the American consumer assuming premium always means better in any product, $2 billion was wasted in the US in 2015 alone on premium gas. So check out your owner’s manual and if your car doesn’t call for premium, enjoy the savings!
2. Synthetic Oil
There are many myths surrounding synthetic oil, and it’s not hard to see why with the amount of advertising dedicated to it. Whether it’s a stock car race, or a football game, you’re likely to see or hear an advertisement for the next breakthrough in synthetic oil. The two main myths we hear are that you can’t switch back and forth between synthetic and non synthetic oil, and that synthetic oil boosts fuel economy. In all actuality, neither of the previously mentioned myths are true. No harm will come to your engine from switching between oil types if you so choose. Most synthetic oils are a blend of natural and synthetic anyways, so put your mind at ease if you’ve already switched and were worried. In regard to boosting fuel performance, no data exists proving any gains in MPG based on the type of oil used in the vehicle. There are many ways to increase your vehicle’s fuel economy, but a fancy new synthetic oil isn’t one of them.
3. Transmission Flush
If you’ve ever had a mechanical inspection done on an automatic transmission vehicle, you’ll likely have heard of a transmission flush. This is a service recommended often by many mechanics nationwide, and is a service that is often a waste of money. What’s little known about this service however, is that your vehicle doesn’t need one until the odometer even reaches 60 thousand miles, and even then it may not be necessary for another 4o thousand miles! A routine inspection of your vehicle by a certified auto mechanic is always a good choice, but with the average American driver putting around 13 thousand miles on their vehicle annually, skipping that transmission flush until you’re past the 60 thousand mile mark will save some hard earned cash.