Loading images...

Busting Automotive Myths In Medford Oregon

Myths passed around our Medford Oregon community start with a grain of evidence and are then built up with a lot of imagination and very elastic logic. And the internet is a breeding ground for automotive myths. Some bloggers recall the Cars of yesteryear and declare their modern decedents to be virtually maintenance free and that anyone who says otherwise is out to rip you off.

To get the truth about auto myths you hear around the Medford area, come over to Medford Automotive.
You’ll find us at 4642 Table Rock Rd., Medford, Oregon 97502.
Give us a call at 541-664-3860 to make an appointment for your next auto service.

Let’s examine a couple of the more popular rants and look at the truth behind them.

The first one is that the chassis no longer needs lubrication for suspension, steering and the driveline. They declare that anyone who has charged you for lubrication is a charlatan.

The truth on which this myth is based is that many new cars come from the factory with sealed joints and cannot be greased. However, there are still some grease points on many cars around Medford. A grease fitting may have been installed in conjunction with a repair. And most trucks and truck-based SUVs driving in Medford still require chassis lubrication. This is because they are more heavy duty and proper greasing is still required to keep them going.

Another common rant you’ll hear around Medford is that modern cars don’t need tune-ups. That depends on your definition of a ‘tune-up’, which has changed as technology has progressed. Before engine control computers, electronic ignition and fuel injection, a tune up meant replacing mechanical parts that wore out. Medford Automotive would manually adjust fuel and air mix and timing. When these adjustments were off, spark plugs would foul and need to be replaced.

This definition just doesn’t apply to modern vehicles. Service centers like Medford Automotive generally consider a tune-up to be the major service visit, recommended by your manufacturer, every 30,000 miles or so.

Of course you can’t lubricate a sealed joint. Of course you can’t adjust a carburetor if your car doesn’t have one. You probably don’t need to change spark plugs every year if your manufacturer says they can go 30,000 miles. What are these bloggers getting so worked up about?

The danger with these modern-day myths, is that they prevent people in our local Medford community from taking care of the routine preventive auto maintenance that manufactures recommend. Check out this partial list of things you still need to do to take care of your car. How many of them are really any different today than they were 20 or 30 years ago?

Oil change, cooling system service, transmission service, tire balancing, tire rotation, wheel alignment, suspension service, power steering service, proper tire inflation, brake service, differential service, battery maintenance, engine air filer, PCV valve, breather element, fuel filter, belts, hoses, timing belt, windshield wipers . . .

You get the picture. Your Car is still a machine that needs to be maintained. And, hey, your service advisors at Medford Automotive have always adapted to keep pace with automotive technology. Next time you come across an angry voice about your car care, talk to your Medford service advisor at Medford Automotive, or do some research of your own.

Recommended Medford Service Intervals

Everyone in Medford, Oregon knows we are advised to go to our Medford dentist twice a year.  Oral-conscious Medford residents have a teeth-cleaning and examination. Once a year, we get x-rays to look for problems that can’t be seen with … [Continue reading]

What To Do In Case Of An Accident in Medford

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it’s an accident! If you’ve ever been in a car accident in Medford, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do. Let’s review … [Continue reading]

Higher Mileage Service Intervals For Medford

Medford car owners have probably noticed that the government mandates a lot of equipment on cars: emission devices and control computers; safety equipment like airbags; and crash worthiness requirements. All of this is great for the motoring public … [Continue reading]

Considering an Alternative Fuel Vehicle In Medford?

There is a clear and vocal demand in Medford and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Oregon market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on Medford … [Continue reading]

Medford Automotive Tire Safety: Washington vs. Lincoln

Welcome to the Medford Automotive automotive blog. Today, let’s talk about the effect of tire tread depth on braking. When talking about stopping power, most Medford and Eagle Point car owners tend to focus on our brakes. But our tires are … [Continue reading]

Cool Breeze: Air Conditioning Service At Medford Automotive In Medford

Your browser does not support videoMost Oregon motorists know that their vehicles need regular preventive maintenance like changing the oil and filters, rotating the tires and refilling the washer fluid. But did you know that your air conditioning … [Continue reading]

Drive Train – What You Need to Know In Medford

One Medford automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Medford, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is: Taking a small step … [Continue reading]

Can Car Scent Keep You Safe On Oregon Roads?

Here's a travel tip that'll I'll bet you didn't know, and, it might keep you safer... The average American commuter in Oregon spends two and a half hours daily in their car. The government says a hundred thousand auto accidents yearly are caused by … [Continue reading]

Cool Running In Medford

Your browser does not support video Unless you live in Death Valley, you really don’t hear much any more about cars overheating. That’s because cooling systems in vehicles have been much improved. That doesn’t mean you … [Continue reading]