Car Maintenance Myths with The Bodyshop, Ilford

Keeping your car maintained is essential if you want to stay safe and on the road. Owning a vehicle that doesn’t work can cause havoc in our day-to-day lives, so it is important to separate the myths from the facts.

The Myth: I should change the engine oil for my car every 3,000 miles.oil light, oil symbol, how to change your oil

The idea that you should change your car’s oil every 3,000 miles is a common misconception that dates back to the 1970’s when oil technology was developing and the engines didn’t work as smoothly. Therefore, this rule still applies to a small number of cars. However, most motors today can go anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 miles before needing an engine oil change. Under normal driving conditions you shouldn’t need to change your oil until you’ve travelled 7,500 miles.

The Myth: Having the air conditioning on can hurt my fuel economy

Which method of travelling is more efficient; driving with your windows and air conditioning off or driving with your windows up and AC on? It is a question that is frequently asked and I can honestly say that it depends on the speed at which you are travelling. It’s recommended that you drive along with your windows down if you’re travelling on city streets. However, when on the motorway, the drag produced with your windows down exceeds the efficiency drop by keeping them rolled up with the AC on. So I recommend that you use your AC when driving at speeds in excess of 45 miles per hour to be the most fuel effective.

The Myth: Whenever you start your engine, particularly on cold days, you have to let it warm up to its normal temperature before you begin driving it.

Fortunately, this piece of advice is outdated. As long as you’re not flooring it everywhere you go, you can get going as soon as you turn the key. This myth derives from a time when various engine parts would take time to warm up before they could operate at full capacity. Mercifully, car engines have evolved by a significant amount over the last few decades and this fact is no longer correct. Driving your car is actually the fastest way to warm up a modern engine and the sooner it heats up, the sooner it delivers the best mileage and performance. Honestly, you’re just wasting time, money and fuel by turning your engine on unnecessarily.

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So for those of you who do need an oil change or want to get their vehicle serviced by a professional, get in touch with The Bodyshop, in Ilford, today.


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