If you want to ensure that your vehicle has as long of a life as possible, you must give it the proper care. One way to do this is to take it to your mechanic at the first sign of trouble. However, there is another way to make sure that your car remains in peak condition. This way is to know as much about how common car maintenance myths that have been circulating since the automobile was first invented. Here are 5 of the most common myths:

Myth #1: The check engine light will turn off: Even if the check engine light turns itself off, it certainly won’t fix the problem that triggered it in the first place. Codes will be stored in your vehicle’s control modules that will be able to be interpreted by an experienced auto repair technician. When you do see the check engine light, head straight to our Volkswagen service center in Michigan to have your car properly diagnosed.

Myth #2: Laundry detergent or dishwashing soap is good to use on your car: You should use a soap that is specially designed for cars. Household detergents contain agents that eventually wear away at the wax finish on your car.

Myth #3: You must change your oil every 3,000 miles: How often you change the oil in your car depends on how much you drive and the manner in which you drive. With synthetic oil, the frequency of oil changes has been increased to every 5,000 miles. While your owner’s manual may recommend going as long as 10,000 miles between oil changes for your German vehicle, we do recommend sticking to a 6 month or 5,000 mile routine to keep your engine clean and running smooth. This simple routine can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Myth #4: It is ok to delay or skip Factory Recommended Maintenance: On the other end the spectrum are people who believe that they can skip or delay oil changes and maintenance on their vehicle completely. This is a very dangerous notion that can eventually lead to outright engine failure. Oil keeps your engine lubricated and protects other vital parts of your car. Likewise, the maintenance schedule that was provided for the manufacturer was designed to keep the car performing like new. Sticking to the schedule will maintain the value and performance of your car.

Myth #5: DIY is the same as taking your car to the shop: No, it isn’t! Why take the chance of damaging a high end vehicle just to save a few bucks here and there? Most people don’t have the eye let alone the training that professional mechanics possess. Additionally, DIYers often miss problems that may be hidden just underneath the surface. For example, items such as a cracked spring or loose ball joint can go unnoticed causing a potentially dangerous situation in the future. We find that most people who attempt a DIY project end up spending more money in the long run. In short, follow factory recommended maintenance and engage professionals to help you with issues that may be over your head. We specialize in Volkswagen repair and can handle problems from replacing suspension to climate control and ABS brake service and repair

Call Autohaus at 248-971-7789 for an appointment.

We service the Metro Detroit area, including Franklin, Oak Park and surrounding areas.