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5 Common Vehicle Myths – Busted!

5 Common Car Myths – Busted!

Unfortunately, not everything we learn about our cars is correct. Many of these myths are so ingrained in us that they become facts. We’ve debunked 5 common car myths.

Car myth 1 – engine oil should be changed every 5000km

There’s no need to change the oil in your vehicle every 5000km. Diesel engines are a little different and there are those who swear the oil should be changed at 5000km, and while that might apply to older diesel engines, newer common rail diesels should be able to go anywhere between 10,000-15,000 before requiring an oil change. Most manufacturers recommend an oil change at more than 10,000km. Only in extreme situations do they suggest changing it sooner, and then it would likely be only around 7500km. If you want to change the oil in your vehicle, or have your mechanic do it for you, then make sure the oil filter is changed at the same time. It is important that vehicle owners use the oil recommended for their vehicle and not try and cut corners by filling it with cheaper oil as it will do more harm than good. For advice, chat to our qualified mechanics at Rego’s & More in Richmond and Windsor.

Car myth 2 – large cars are safer in a crash

A Monash University study suggested that vehicle weight is much less important to safety than most people believe. In fact, many lightweight cars are generally safer than heavier models, not necessarily because of the weight itself, but because smaller luxury cars usually have better safety features. When you take those away and focus on weight alone, the difference in safety is minimal.

Car myth 3 – cold engines need to be warmed before driving

An idling engine is one that is running at its ‘lowest’ power output, which means that it is generating the lowest amount of heat possible while still operating. This means that if you want your engine to warm up fast – not to mention the other parts of your car – the best thing you can do is drive it.

Car myth 4 – more petrol is wasted when a car is turned on than when it idles

Although very old cars are an exception, modern fuel injection allows ignition to occur without having to expend any more fuel than is required to keep a car idling. So, if you really want to save on petrol costs, consider turning off your engine whenever your automobile is going to be remaining motionless for more than about 30 seconds.

Car myth 5 – 4WDs need to be manual

Modern automatic 4WDs are better off-road – easier to control, often with more gear ratios than manuals and not lacking for engine braking downhill.

Here at Rego’s & More in Richmond and Windsor, we are experts in a full range of mechanical services.

For more information, give our Richmond team a call on 02 4588 5588 or our Windsor team on 02 4506 0750.


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