When it's time for car care, many of us try to get by on conventional wisdom. However, if we're not careful, this can sometimes lead to damage as many of the well-meaning “tips” going around out there are nothing but myths. Here, in a nutshell, are the top five car care myths, debunked.
1. Save money and trouble – Just use laundry/dish washing/body shampoo to wash your car.
No way, Jose! The strong grease-cutting powers of these detergents will be too harsh on your car, stripping the protective layers of its wax and paint finish. When it comes to washing your car - whether you do it yourself or hire someone to do it, make sure that you use nothing less than a proper pH-balanced car wash product. This will have the cleansers and conditioners necessary to maintain the look and protective qualities of your car's finish. 2. Polishing and Waxing ? – Same to same.
Polishing and waxing are two separate processes, one aimed at boosting appearance and the other at providing a layer of defense. Polishing will give you a gorgeous glossy finish - but removes a microscopic layer of paint off the car, to get that brilliant shine. Waxing coats your car with a layer of waxes, polymers, resins, and silicones. So, waxing itself will not make your car look shiny, but waxing after a polish will protect your car's paint finish and keep that polished look lasting longer.
3. Car manufacturers have evolved so much that I can “cheat” on my scheduled servicing.
Scheduled servicing play a major role in keeping your car running efficiently. Even if your car is super advanced and high-tech, slacking off on your servicing can cause your engine to emit up to 50 percent more pollutants than it would otherwise, and also use (waste!) up to 50 percent more petrol. You don't want that! Instead, keep your auto running happily and healthily with the proper servicing, oils and lubricants.
4. There’s a fuel saving gadget that’s promising to boost my mileage by X percent.
Yes, with all the talk about fuel prices and all of us being conscious about our wallet, “new inventions” that save money have become very popular. These little gadgets promise to improve fuel economy and performance, but often you have to get a tune-up when you install them. So - the difference in your car's performance is often due to that. Just think - car manufacturers are spending millions of ringgit on car design to make cars more aerodynamic and efficient. If there were a cheap way to do it, they would have jumped on it and incorporated it into the car design.
5. I should inflate my tyres according to the pressure indicated on the side of the tyres.
The figure that you see on the tyre sidewall is actually its MAXIMUM inflation pressure. What you want to follow instead is the RECOMMENDED inflation figure given in your car manual. This is different for each car, so don't stinge on finding out what the best inflation figure is for your car.
Source : Petronas