Car Myths Debunked- That people Actually Still Believe

May 7th, 2019 by

When it comes to cars, we don’t know everything there is to know about cars. There are a few myths that need to be debunked. As it turns out there are some that are outdated, one or two dangerous one and some are just right out misunderstandings.

Here are eight myths that you might have heard (and believed):

Oil Change:

The need to change your oil every 3,000 miles is now a thing of the past. According to some sources, most modern cars available can go as far as 10,000 miles without an oil change; the occasional change is still necessary. We do not recommend this practice and would suggest changing your oil every 5,000 miles. If the oil is never changed, then the oil will get dirtier and dirtier, it will stop lubricating, and the engine will start to fail.

Bullet to a Car’s Gas Tank

Ok, this one has been seen in every action-packed movie that has ever existed with a big explosion for emphasis on “this car will not make it (but the person inside will probably walk away with just a few bruises).” Mythbusters proved that in the real world, the bullets go right through the tank- without the fire. No ignition and no explosion.

Off-Brand Gas Will Damage Your Car

This one is a myth and the reason why many believe it is it’s because of how cheap it is. But the cheap brands are not any different than the pricier ones, and they may add extra engine-cleaning additives in their gasoline, but that won’t hurt the engine in any way. Regardless, it still has to meet the same standards as the pricey stuff anyway.

Morning Fill-Up

It is said that filling your gas tank in the morning you’ll get more fuel per gallon pumped because of cooler temperatures and the gasoline is denser. But Consumer Reports has explained that the gas is stored in underground tanks, where the temperature hardly fluctuates. The gas pouring out of the nozzle is the same density, whenever you decide to pump.  

In Case of Open Fire Hiding Behind A Car Will Protect You

This circles back to the “common movie move” which is to hide behind your vehicle when the gunfire starts. Some bullets may not have enough power to cut through the steel. It’s still not a safe bet.

Cars are not cover. They are concealment, and former Marine Geoff Ingersoll wrote that real life isn’t anything like the movies. “Bullets go through cars. Quietly find some earth, stone, or steel to hide behind.”

Don’t Use Your Cellphone While Pumping Gas

It can cause an explosion. Not to worry, the Federal Communications Commission investigated that the “rumors” that a wireless signal can ignite fuel vapors, and concluded: “There is no documented incident where the use of a wireless phone was found to cause a fire or explosion at a gas station,” and “scientific testing, however, has not established a dangerous link between wireless phones and fuel vapors.”

Jet Fuel For the Win

We don’t think so – in fact, a gas-powered car won’t go anywhere, at any speed, if you put anything but gas in that tank. Conventional vehicle engines can’t combust kerosene. If vehicles are filled with this type of fuel, they are promptly stalled.

The Toyota Prius VS BMW M3.

According to a test from a 2009 “Top Gear” episode, the powerful BMW got more miles per gallon than the hybrid. People seemed to forget that the test was done on a track, while the Prius was driving as fast as possible and the BMW just keeping pace.

In particular conditions, the M3 is more efficient than the Prius. However, if you want to save on gas, take the hybrid. Host Jeremy Clarkson explained, “It isn’t what you drive that matters, it’s how you drive it.”

Let Your Car Warm Up First

Not unless the vehicle you’re driving is a vehicle that relies on a carburetor. That was substituted by the electronic fuel injection in the ’80s. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, most manufacturers recommend driving off gently after about 30 seconds. The engine will warm up faster after being driven, which will allow the heat to turn on sooner, decrease your fuel costs, and reduce emissions.

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