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Common Car Maintenance Myths

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Waukesha County car accident injury attorneyProperly maintaining your car is just as important as driving defensively. Regular car maintenance reduces your risk of a severe car accident, keeping yourself and others safe. Since it can be difficult to determine which car maintenance tips to follow and which ones to ignore, we have debunked the most common car maintenance myths.

Myth 1: Look at Your Vehicle’s Sidewalls to Determine the Correct Tire Inflation Pressure

Many drivers make the mistake of looking at their vehicle’s sidewalls to determine the ideal tire inflation pressure. The truth is that their vehicle’s manufacturer may have another suggestion that is better suited for their car and that improves both fuel consumption and safety. Be sure to check your tire pressure on a monthly basis or whenever extreme temperature fluctuations occur.

Myth 2: Using Premium Fuel is Worth It

The majority of vehicles on the market are engineered to run optimally on regular 87 octane fuel.  It is a good idea to check your vehicle’s owner manual to figure out what type of fuel you should use. The Federal Trade Commision says that, unless the manufacturer indicates that higher octane is necessary for your car, there is no benefit to paying the higher prices. While you can use premium fuel without harm, know that your vehicle will not operate more efficiently. However, if your car engine is "knocking," the higher octane grade may help those problems.

Myth 3: Only Visit Your Dealership for Car Maintenance

Car dealerships are in business to make money. At the time of purchase, your salesperson may tell you to only bring the vehicle to them for necessary maintenance and repairs. However, you can save money and still keep your warranty intact by taking your car to a local auto repair shop. Regardless of where you go, be sure to maintain a regular schedule for oil changes, tire rotations, and other essential maintenance.

Myth 4: New Cars Do Not Require Maintenance

Even if your vehicle is the latest and greatest model, it still requires maintenance. While a 2002 sedan may need more immediate repairs than the 2018 model of the same car, oil changes, tire rotations, air filter replacements, and other routine maintenance are necessary for both vehicles. Your owner’s manual will inform you of how often your car needs care.

Injured in a Car Accident? Contact Our Delafield Car Accident Lawyers

If you sustained injuries in a car accident, reach out to a highly skilled Waukesha County car accident lawyer. The knowledgeable and experienced attorneys at Bucher Law Group, LLC can assist you in determining negligence and filing a claim. Call us at 262-203-4916 for a free consultation.

 

Source: https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/car-care-tips-myths-and-reality/

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