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Archive for November, 2012

Everyone knows that caring for a care requires more than refilling the fuel tank and keeping the paint and windows clean.  Over time, however, many people learn car care techniques which may no longer be – or never were – true.  If you are uncertain about oil change intervals, which reservoir holds which fluid, or anything else about car care, Chapman Hyundai‘s associates would be more than happy to help.

If you think that you already know everything there is to know about routine maintenance (or you are just curious), look over the following list of car care myths from Consumer Reports to learn if those old adages still ring true:

Engine oil should be changed every 3,000 miles.  Although changing engine oil every 3,000 miles is unlikely to damage the engine, it usually isn’t necessary and can grow expensive over time.  Modern engines tend to operate at lower temperatures which, when coupled with advancements in oil quality, means that today’s automobiles can go much longer between oil changes.  Ultimately, the key consideration for oil change intervals is that you should avoid driving your car if the oil is not clean – a Hyundai Service Phoenix technician can show you how to check your engine’s oil at home.

Tire pressureConsumer Reports points out that many people believe that the number on the sidewall of the tires is the appropriate running tire pressure.  In reality, the figure on the tire is the maximum pressure at which the tire can operate safely – the appropriate pressure for your vehicle is indicated on the load sticker which is usually located on the inside jamb of the driver door.

Warm your engine before driving in cold weather.  In the days of carburetors and leaded fuels, engines required several minutes of idle “warming” time before they could operate efficiently.  Today, nearly every vehicle is equipped with a fuel-injection system and reaches ideal operating temperature much faster if driven – just avoid driving too aggressively for the first few minutes of your drive.  Warming your car before driving is unnecessary; plus, it wastes fuel and likely annoys your neighbors.

Higher octane means better performance.  Pumping premium 91 octane fuel into your auto (or adding octane booster to the fuel tank) is entirely unnecessary unless your owner’s manual indicates that the engine requires better than regular unleaded fuel.  A standard 87-octane engine will run no differently with premium fuel, but the cost at the pump will increase significantly.

For more information about these misconceptions and to have any other car care questions answered, call or visit your Phoenix Hyundai dealer and service center.