Debunking Cracked’s Car Myths

A friend of mine recently shared an Article by about 6 “myths” when it comes to your vehicle. After reading this article I was upset that my friend who is not an automotive fan would believe some of the things written in the article. Now it wasn’t all fiction, there are a few things that I do agree with in the article. However I felt it was necessary to put some good info down in an article for those who many not be as informed.

Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles:

The first thing on Cracked’s list was basically saying most vehicles can go up to about 15,000 miles without changing their oil. The article states that with new technology today oil can go till about 15,000 miles. Now I will agree that some vehicles and some oil can last until the 5,000 mark. I have not heard any vehicles or oils that last 15,000 miles though. Many of us drive high performance vehicles that deserved to be maintained, skipping oil changes means you are going to end up looking like this.

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The good news is that we can change your oil here. Our Subaru Synthetic Oil Changes start at $45 for most vehicles.

Warm Up Your Engine Before You Drive:

According to as long as you are not flooring it everywhere you are fine when it comes to starting your car and driving. Now while you do not need to fully warm your car up to operating temp every-time you start it you should let the car warm up at least a little bit when you are cold starting your car. Performance vehicles and even normal vehicles need to warm up a little bit before they are driven. There is a reason Subaru has an actual light on the dashboard for this in their vehicles. Warm your car up! Don’t listen to cracked!


Fuel Additives are Good for Your Engine:

I agree with this, they are not really good for your engine. There are some oil additives that are useful though, and octane booster may help gas if your car is required to take 93 but you can only find 91.


Get Regular Engine Tuneups:

This one I 100% disagree with. Cracked states that you should not get engine tuneups because your computer in the car adjust everything to a point. This is true, but only to a point. You need to get regular checkups and scheduled maintenance on your car. Spark plugs and air filter elements do need to be changed and your car does need to be taken care of. If you have a performance car this is even more important, there are so many small things that can go wrong and your car should be checked out every so often to make sure everything is running correctly.

We also recommend pre-tune checks for your vehicle if you are looking to get it tuned. Rates start as low as $75 per hour. Contact us to schedule your appointment!

You Need to Winterize Your Vehicle:

Another one I do not agree with. While Cracked does mention snow tires and a few other things it discusses how motor oil is all the same and can work in all temperatures. Certain motor oils do still get changed in the winter time and smart individuals know that you need a thinner oil viscosity for winter time. Oil does get thicker in the winter time. It is true and you should change your oil if you are in a harsh environment.


If you’re in New England this is important, AJW Performance can get you Winter Tires and more for your Subaru. Contact us today and we can consult with you to get your car ready to go.

High-Octane Gasoline is Better for Your Engine:

This one really grinds my gears (pun intended). If your car is tuned or calls for 93, then use 93. It’s not a myth it’s a fact that can really cost you money if you decide to not listen to it. Regular cars don’t need premium fuel, this is true but a tuned WRX or STi or any vehicle that calls for 93 octane needs 93 octane. Lower grades of fuel can cause detonation and knocking. Read your owners manual to make sure you don’t need 93!


Thanks for reading, we thought it was important to get this information out. While Cracked is not a very reliable news source almost anybody will believe what they read on the internet today! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call AJW Performance and we will go out of our way to try and help you!

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