Auto Myths Myth #1: Your car will run better with premium gas. FACT: An engine runs best using the fuel it was designed to burn. Premium, or high octane fuel, is only of benefit if your car's engine was designed specifically to take advantage of the the different burning rate of higher octane fuel. In a car not designed to use premium fuel, it may actually decrease performance and fuel efficiency. Use the type of gas recommended by the manufactuer. MYTH #2: A smaller engine is always more efficient. FACT: Depending on the vehicle and how you drive, a small engine may get worse real-world fuel mileage because the smaller engine has to work harder. Example: With compact pick-ups, you can choose either a standard 4-cylinder engine or a V-6. The 4-cylinder may have just enough power to get the truck going, but loaded up -- or if quick acceleration is demanded -- the overtaxed 4-cylinder will be less efficient. Also, wear and tear on the 4-cylinder will be higher -- so maintenance and repair costs down the road could be higher, too.MYTH #3: You'll make your brakes last longer by downshifting the transmission to slow the car down. FACT: All you'll do is make your clutch wear faster -- and a clutch job costs a lot more than a brake job MYTH #4: It's ok to follow the maximum recommended oil change service interval advertised by the manufacturer of your car. FACT: Read the fine print. The higher mileage/time intervals (often as long as 10,000 miles on same late model cars) assume "normal" driving -- which does not include the stop-and-go city/suburban driving that most drivers experience. Such diving is considered "severe" in most cases, and dramatically shortens the recommended oil change interval. MYTH #5:| Store-bought oil additives are good ways to increase engine life. FACT: Using name-brand oil of the correct type and viscosity (see your owner's manual) along with regular service is the best guarantee of long engine life. Good quality oil already has the necessary additive packages to keep the internal parts of the engine free of build-up and so forth; pouring a can of "motor honey" into the crankcase is little better than tossing dollar bills out the window. MYTH #6: It's more economical to replace an older car with a brand-new one. FACT: While the new car may be nicer, few old cars cost as much to keep going as it does to keep up with the payments, insurance and taxes on a new vehicle. Ultimately, it comes down to the choice between a predictable monthly expense (the car payment) or the unanticipated expense of having to get something fixed on an older car. But you might go months without having to spend a cent for anything other than gasoline. MYTH #7: Turning off the air conditioning at highway speeds will reduce fuel consumption. FACT: The increased wind resistance will actually cause your engine to burn even more fuel than it would with the air conditioning on. Things to think about PRICE OF GAS Think A Gallon Of Gas Is Expensive? Makes one think, and puts things in perspective. Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 $10.32 per gallon Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 $ 9.52 per gallon Gatorade 20 oz $1.59 $10.17 per gallon Ocean Spray 16 oz $1.25 $10 .00 per gal Brake Fluid 12 oz $3.15 $33.60 per gallon Vick's Nyquil 6 oz $8.35 $178.13 per gallon Pepto Bismol 4 oz $3.85 $123.20 per gallon Whiteout 7 oz $1.39 $25.42 per gallon Scope 1.5 oz $0.99 $84.48 per gallon and this is the REAL KICKER Evian water 9 oz for $1.49 $21.19 per gallon.$21.19 FOR WATER! and the buyers don't even know the source. So, the next time you're at the pump, be glad your car doesn't run on water, Scope, or Whiteout, or worse yet, PEPTO BISMOL or NYQUIL!!!! Just a little humor to help ease the pain of your next trip to the pump...........!