(PHOENIX)– Maybe it’s advice you picked up from a family member or friend. Or tips you came across while surfing the web. While they may sound logical they could end up costing you in the long run. That’s why your Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) are busting 5 car maintenance myths.
Myth #1: Warm up your engine before driving.
Myth #2: Tires should be inflated to the pressure shown on the tire itself.
Myth #3: Tires don’t need to be replaced until the tread depth is 2/32 inch.
Myth #4: You should have oil changed every 3,000 miles.
Myth #5: Premium fuel is better than regular-grade fuel.
–Most cars are designed to run on regular-grade fuel (87 octane). Higher-octane fuels are usually used in hotter-running, high compression vehicles like sports cars and certain luxury cars to prevent engine knocking. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says using premium gas can add up to $100 or more in extra fuel costs. Use the octane grade recommended in your car’s manual.
There’s another myth that involves cars under warranty. Some people think they must take their car to a dealership or the warranty is void. That’s a myth. Your warranty is valid until the expiration date. Keep your receipts or use a shop that maintains your vehicle and its history. The only time you must take your vehicle to the dealership is when a recall is involved.
NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals): The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit www.NARPRO.com to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.