Middletown Honda Sets the Record Straight Regarding Car Care Misconceptions

September 20th, 2012 by
Middletown Honda NY

Middletown Honda

If you’ve been looking for a great full service car dealership in Orange County, your search ends here with Middletown Honda. We are proud to offer our customers a wide range of automotive services from new and used sales to excellent service and even financing. We also take pride in keeping our customers well informed, so our service department is here to debunk some common car care myths that you may have heard.

From oil change timing to “winterizing” your car to high-octane fuel, there are all sorts of myths out there that just simply aren’t true, so let’s take a look at some of the more common misconceptions and set the record straight.

Common Auto Myths

One of the most common myths about automotive care is that using higher octane gasoline is better for your car. Many people think that using a premium octane fuel will help their engine perform better and some even believe that it will increase their fuel economy. Our service department is happy to say that this just simply is not true and you should always use the gasoline octane that your vehicle is rated for.

Certain engines require higher octane fuels, and in those cases only premium fuels should be used. But higher octane gasoline offers no benefits to engines that do not require it. The octane rating of fuel has nothing to do with energy or power, it simply has to do with how well the fuel resists engine-knocking, a rare occurrence in modern vehicles.

There are two common myths that both have to do with winter and cold weather. Many people believe that letting your car run for several minutes before you drive it is beneficial to the engine when the weather gets cold. The idea is that you give the engine a chance to warm-up before putting any strain on it.

The key to think about here is that your engine will warm-up much faster when you’re actually driving it. By letting it idle at low RPMs, you’re actually exposing the engine to more cold weather wear and tear more by letting the car run without driving it.

There is also a myth that cars must be “winterized” before really cold weather sets in. With advancements in modern oils and engine coolants there is no need to do anything differently to prepare your engine for winter. It is a good idea to check your tires for proper tread before snow and ice set in but just maintaining proper fluid levels all year round will prepare your engine just fine.

Come Visit Middletown Honda Today

If you’d like more great car care tips or have any questions our friendly staff would like to invite you to come by our dealership today. We’re always happy to help our customers out in any way we can so come by to see our great service team or check out our huge selection of new and used Hondas for sale.

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