3 Auto Repair Lies You Probably Believe
1. Your oil should be changed every 3,000 miles
Admittedly, auto mechanics love this myth. Getting an oil change is quick and cheap, but it’d still be nice to save that money whenever possible. While it’s true some vehicles should still be getting an oil change every 3,000 miles, most can wait a while longer. If your car is put under an excessive amount of strain (hours of commuting every day, constantly sitting in gridlock traffic or driving through rough terrain), stick to the 3,000 mile rule.
However, most vehicles can last 5,000 miles or as many as 7,000 miles without new motor oil. If you’re worried you’ve been over-changing your oil, check with a member of Christian Brothers Automotive Springfield’s professional staff. Explain your driving habits and car model and our technicians will tell you how often you really need to be changing the oil.
2. Squeaking brakes are normal
Yes, sometimes brake squeaking can be normal. If the squealing happens only during a sudden stop, you’re probably fine. Likewise, incredibly dusty or exceptionally humid conditions can cause the brakes to squeak on occasion.
However, his myth can be incredibly dangerous – especially if something is actually wrong with your brakes. Brakes are designed to squeak and squeal when there is a problem, so if your brakes are making noise every day it’s time to schedule a brake inspection. It’s always better to find out the noise is nothing than to confirm a real problem when your brakes suddenly stop working.
3. Your car battery died because it needs to be replaced
This is another myth auto mechanics love. If your battery is more than three years old and dies, it might actually need replacing. However, there are a number of reason why a battery could stop working.
Often, a quick jump can bring the battery back to life. Leaving on your headlights, dome lights or stereo can temporarily drain the battery. Corrosion on the top of the battery can also keep it from recharging fully. Rather than immediately buying a replacement, give your battery a jump and then wait a few more days to see how it holds up. Unless your battery is more than a few years old, the drain might have been a temporary issue.