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Busting Car Care Myths

Maintaining your car is one of the best things you can do to keep it in optimal condition and prolong its life. There are, however, many myths on the internet about how to take care of your car. It is critical that you DO NOT do any of these things for your safety and for the sake of protecting your vehicle. Here are 5 myths that we are debunking.

 

Myth #1: Lowering Tire Pressure Gives you More Traction in the Winter.

This idea is dangerous. You should always use whatever tire pressure is recommended by the manufacturer of your car, or vehicle owner's manual. Lowering the pressure at any time can cause impaired handling and accelerated tire wear. Properly inflated tires with appropriate tread depth will give you the best possible traction in every season.

 

Myth #2: Pour Hot Water on your Windshield to Melt the Ice.

It can be annoying to remove ice from your windshield, especially if you are running late to work. Waiting for your car to warm up and defrost on its own can eat up precious minutes from your commute. However, it is NEVER a good idea to pour hot water on your windshield to melt the ice. Doing so can cause irreversible damage. The glass may shatter, which is not only dangerous but costly to fix. Ideally, you want to give yourself extra time when you have weather-related issues to deal with in the morning. Stick to using the defroster and a hand scraper.

 

Myth #3 Use Sandpaper to Restore Windshield Wipers.

The idea behind this myth is to sand the edge of the wiper to remove dirt and nicks in the rubber. Then use petroleum jelly on the blades to smooth them. Putting petroleum jelly on your windshield will lead to smearing and poor visibility. It will also be tough to remove once you use it. Windshield wipers are inexpensive to replace, so there is no point in trying to restore them. Invest in new blades when they start to make scraping noises and save yourself the trouble.

 

Myth #4 Add Antifreeze to your Brake Fluid to Prevent Freezing.

As the weather gets colder, you may worry about your brakes freezing up or your car stalling. However, you should NEVER put anything in your brake fluid reservoir other than recommended type of brake fluid for your car. Adding anything to your brake fluid will cause significant damage. Not only could lines, seals, or other components get damaged, your brakes may stop working altogether. It is recommended that you flush your brake fluid every two years.

 

Myth #5 When Replacing 2 Tires, Put the New Tires on the Front

When replacing tires, especially if it’s only two tires, it is important to take special care in ensuring that these tires are placed in the correct location on your car.  New tires will have greater tread depth, and it is key that these are installed on the back of your car. Rear tires provide the stability that your vehicle needs on the road, so it is crucial when replacing only 2 tires to make sure your rear tires have the greatest tread depth.  Placing new tires on the front of your car can increase the potential that your car will lose traction on the back tires in wet conditions, causing the driver to oversteer and lose control of the vehicle. It is also recommended that your new tires are the same size and tire type of the current tires on your car.

 

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