Car owners get lots of tips on how to take care of their cars, not all of them are actually helpful. That is why we here at Ourisman Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM of Bowie, your Chrysler dealership serving Upper Marlboro, MD, would like to examine some common car care tips and let you know which are true and which are false.

Tip: Keep your tire pressure at the PSI number labeled on the tire.

Truth: This is False.

The number on the tire is not meant to be taken as the recommended pressure level, but the maximum pressure level. Keeping your tires at their maximum PSI can greatly accelerate wear and tear. You can often find the actual recommended tire pressure on the driver’s seat door sticker.

Tip: Don’t let your gas tank get to empty before refilling.

Truth: This is True.

Aside from the obvious concern of being stranded without fuel, consistently allowing your car to run on fumes can actually be detrimental to its function. As the pump works harder to pull in fuel, air and other particulates can be pulled in as well damaging the motor and clogging the fuel filter. Try to hit the station before you go below a quarter tank.

Tip: Warm up your car in cold weather before driving away.

Truth: This is False

This is a persistent misconception. The reality is that cars, and more specifically the engine, will warm up faster if you start driving right away. Don’t waste the gas idling.

It can be jarring to learn that beliefs you’ve had about car maintenance your whole life are not actually correct. The technicians in our Chrysler service center here at Ourisman Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Bowie are here to answer any questions you may have. The more you know, the better equipped you are.