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Busting Car Care Myths

Sources: Consumer Reports Myth: Regular Tune-Up’s are a necessary part of your regular maintenance schedule Reality: Today’s engines have computer-monitored and -controlled systems that still need to be checked, but they don’t need a traditional tune-up every few thousand miles. A standard tune-up used to call for new ignition parts such as a distributor cap, spark plugs, and points and rotors. Besides spark plugs, which usually don’t have to be changed until 100,000 miles, today’s cars aren’t built with points and rotors, and many engines don’t have distributor caps that need replacement as often. Myth: Engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. Reality: Despite what oil companies and quick-lube shops often claim, it’s usually not necessary. Stick to the service intervals in your car’s owner’s manual. Under normal driving conditions, most new vehicles are designed to go 7,500 miles or more between oil changes. You should change your oil more often if you experience constant stop-and-go driving, frequent trailer-towing, mountainous terrain, or dusty conditions. Myth: Inflate tires to the pressure shown on the tire’s sidewall. Reality: The pounds-per-square-inch figure on the side of the tire is the maximum pressure that the tire can safely hold, not the automaker’s recommended pressure. That figure is usually found on a doorjamb sticker, in the glove box, or on the fuel-filler door. Perform a monthly pressure check when tires are cold or after the car has been parked for a few hours. Myth: If the brake fluid is low, topping it off will fix the problem. Reality: As brake pads wear, the level in the brake-fluid reservoir drops a bit. That helps...