If people hear something long enough, they’ll eventually believe it. Here are 3 of the most common myths about your car’s engine. At Anderson Behel in Santa, CA, we want your car to live a long and healthy life, so that’s why we often provide helpful tips like these:
- 1.)Warm up your engine before you drive: Today’s fuel-injected cars don’t need to be warmed up in cold weather. In reality, an idling car actually takes longer to warm up, exposing the engine to more cold-start wear and tear than it would experience simply driving around town.
- 2.)Fuel additives are good for your engine: Sure, impurities in your gasoline can clog your engine. But what you almost certainly don’t know is that since 1995, all gasoline manufacturers have been mandated by law to add detergents to their fuel to prevent buildup. That means there’s no actual advantage to using additives. In other words, save your money by staying away from expensive fuel additives.
- 3.)Get regular engine tune-ups – Today’s tune-ups are little more involved than sparkplug and air filter replacements. Everything else is automatically tuned up many times each day by your car’s onboard computer. Short of a checkup every 50,000 miles, you surely don’t have to head to the shop just for a tune-up.