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08/09/2017
There are plenty of car related myths most drivers think are true. To ensure you're as informed as possible, check out the truth behind some of these myths.

The Truth Behind the Most Common Car Myths

If you're a driver, you've likely come across a number of car myths and believed them. There are some that have been around for so long that we don't even take the time to question them or research the reason behind them. Luckily for you, we have some information that can help you get down to the truth behind some of the most commonly believed car myths.

Additives Are Necessary

Many people believe that just because fuel additives and engine oil additive exist on the market they must be needed. In reality, your fuel already includes a number of additives that ensure it performs well. Some additives will help reduce the amount of deposits that form in internal components while others will make sure you fuel performs more efficiently. Whatever the case is, daily drivers don't generally need to add more additives to their fuel or oil. These are more likely to be needed in more specialized situations. When it comes to your oil, buying additives separately may even cause more damage than good.

You Have to Idle Your Engine on Cold Starts

If you've ever heard that you should idle your engine on cold starts before driving away, you're not alone. This myth may have started out as truth way back in the day, but it is no longer relevant. Newer model cars are stocked with engines and oil that don't need to be warmed up to prevent damage. In fact, idling your engine leads to increased pollution, wasted fuel, and even wasted time. Starting your car and driving away slowly will help your engine warm up to its ideal operating temperature faster than if you're just sitting in your driveway with your engine running.

Get an Oil Change Every 3,000 Miles

Like the previous myth, this one may have held some truth to it at some point, but that is no longer the case. Back in the 1970's, before today's technology existed, an oil change every 3,000 miles wasn't bad advice, but our understanding of motor oil and the oil itself has evolved over time. Newer oils can lose a whole lot longer than 3,000 miles without raising concern for the well-being of your engine. There are a variety of conditions that can affect how often you should change your oil which makes it harder to have one simple oil change interval for all to follow. Even if there isn't one set rule when it comes to oil changes, remember that one of the many benefits of using a synthetic oil is that they tend to last longer than conventional oils. Reap the benefits of using a full synthetic oil by making the change today! For help finding the perfect oil for your car, contact AMSOIL Dealer, Dwight Smith at (702) 561-3706. They can recommend the perfect AMSOIL Oil for your engine.

It's Best to Fill Your Tank in the Morning

This myth involves a bit of science, but don't let that fool you. The general idea behind this one is that the heat makes fluids expand, including your car's fuel. So, if you fill up on gas in the afternoon, the expanded fuel will contract once the sun goes down, leaving you with less fuel. While the science behind this may make you think it's better to fill your gas tank in the mornings, there really isn't much a difference no matter when you do it. This is because most gas stations keep their fuel stored underground where outdoor temperatures don't affect it. Instead of being late to work because you stopped for fuel, wait for a more convenient time to fill your tank.

Premium Fuel Is Better

Most people think that because premium fuel is more pricey than the standard option it must be better. In reality, unless your car requires premium fuel, it really won't make a difference anywhere in your car. If you have a high-performance vehicle, you are better off using this fuel, but otherwise, it's just a waste of your hard earned dollars. For a more thorough explanation of why premium doesn't necessarily mean better, click here.

Bigger Tires Are Always Better

The idea that bigger tires are better for you car may come down to the myth that bigger is always better. While bigger tires may perform better in certain situations, this isn't a fact for daily drivers. In fact, bigger tires can lead to reduced performance and reduced fuel efficiency because they're heavier. It's also important to note that the bigger your tires are, the shorter your tire sidewalls will be. This means you won't be as protected when facing potholes and other rough road conditions.

Synthetic Oil Change in Ann Arbor

Keep your engine performing at its best with a synthetic oil change this season! Contact AMSOIL Dealer, Dwight Smith at (702) 561-3706 to find the right oil for your engine. Don't forget to stop by their online shop to browse their full range of products.
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