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Common Myths
About Cars & Car Repair

bulletCOMMON MYTH NUMBER ONE:

"Critical fluids such as brake fluid, transmission fluid and engine coolant will last indefinitely and don't need periodic replacement as long as they are topped off when necessary."

bulletCOMMON MYTH NUMBER TWO

concerns various misinterpretations about the meaning of the SERVICE ENGINE light or CHECK ENGINE light.Examples: "But I just had the oil changed, so why should the light come on?" or "I opened the hood to check the engine and everything looked OK, so I just ignored the light."

bulletCOMMON MYTH NUMBER THREE:

"The technician can connect my car to a magic computer that will tell him exactly what is wrong with the vehicle and how to fix it."

bulletCOMMON MYTH NUMBER FOUR:

"If my car is not running right, it must need a tune-up" (or new plugs, or a timing adjustment.)

bulletCOMMON MYTH NUMBER FIVE:

"Today's new cars don't need any service or maintenance for the first 100,000 miles."

bulletCOMMON MYTH NUMBER SIX:

"Shortly after the technician worked on my car, I noticed that something else was wrong with it, so whatever he did must have caused the new problem as well."

bulletCOMMON MYTH NUMBER SEVEN

concerns various misconceptions about tire rotation, including "why is it necessary?" and "what's the proper procedure for rotating radial tires?"

bulletCOMMON MYTH NUMBER EIGHT:

"Motor oil doesn't need to be changed as long as you change the filter regularly and/or add fresh oil when the level is down."

bulletCOMMON MYTH NUMBER NINE:

"A wheel alignment will cure any type of vibration, noise or shimmy on the highway."

bulletCOMMON MYTH NUMBER TEN

concerns various misconceptions about tire inflation, including: "they looked bulgy on the sides, so I added more air until they looked right," or "they looked fine to me, so I didn't bother to check the pressure with a gauge."

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