When it comes to automotive repair work, there can be a lot of information and ‘fake news’ being spread. Like with all myths, some are more believable than others. At Auto Electric, we specialize in car maintenance for the Twin Cities and have learned a thing or two about these types of car facts and fictions. We see firsthand the differences between reality and what people have been told. So, we thought we would take a moment to address some of the most common car maintenance myths and what the actual truths are.
My car’s battery will recharge after a jumpstart as soon as I start driving it. False! It can actually take hours to get the battery fully charged again, especially in the winter. Heated seats and other accessories draw so much power that the alternator has little juice left to recharge the battery. You can actually have a load test to check at your local car maintenance shop to see if the battery will still hold a charge.
It is essential to change your oil every 3,000 miles. Not exactly. It is always a good idea to follow the advice in your car’s owner’s manual. Some vehicles can travel 7,500 miles or more between oil changes, it all depends on your vehicle. Experts in car maintenance like the ones at Auto Electric can help advise you if you’re unable to locate your manual.
If your check engine light comes on, it’s likely you only need to check your gas cap. Not so fast. Cars these days have on-board diagnostics. So if your check engine light comes on, you should take your auto to a car maintenance specialist and repair shop like ours so we can troubleshoot the problem and get it fixed before it becomes an even bigger issue.
You’ve always got to warm up your car before driving it in the winter. Although warming up your car does increase your comfort level, it isn’t necessary to the health of your car. Thanks to fuel injectors, you do not have to worry about warming it up to help its performance.
If your brake fluid is low, you just have to top it off. Wait, brakes are important! When it comes to your all-important brakes, you should actually bring your car or truck to our car maintenance and repair shop. We can look over your brakes and put in the proper amount of brake fluid. Sometimes, low brake fluid indicates a bigger problem.
And, these are just a few of the car myths floating around. In order to ensure you get the quality car maintenance your Twin Cities car needs, it is essential to enlist the experts. Call us at Auto Electric at 763-537-1221 or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.