The worst car advice you will ever find on the internet
March 31, 2016 at 4:23 PM
Whenever we need advice today, no matter what the subject is, our first port of call is usually the Internet. When it comes to advice for car owners, there is no shortage of friendly advice, but how do we know if that advice is good or even potentially harmful?
Below we examine 5 of the worst pieces of advice that have ever been posted on the Internet. Read and learn about what you should NEVER do to a car.
1) You can clean the engine with water
Whatever you do, please do not drain all of the oil from your engine and then run water through it in order to 'clean' it. This will ultimately kill your car. If you attempt to do this in winter, you will also potentially crack the engine, as cold water freezes and expands. If you see this posted anywhere on the Internet, it will have been posted by a troll.
2) Use a home turbocharger to boost your engine
It is never a good idea to make a home turbocharger and to then add it to your engine in order to increase power. This is advice that should never follow. Turbocharged engines are made by highly skilled and professional technicians. Following this advice will damage your engine and will ultimately put you, and others on the road at risk.
3) Diesel Exhaust Injection (DEI)
For some unfathomable reason, this piece of unsafe advice is plastered all over the Internet, and a better description would be that of DIE, as that is what could potentially happen if you do indeed pop the exhaust into the engine. Do Not Do It.
4) Cut the suspension springs
There are countless web pages out there, some astonishingly with step by step instructions, on how to cut the coil springs in your car's suspension so that you can effectively 'lower the car' and go faster. This is not a good idea at all. You should never tamper with the suspension, it is there to serve a purpose and any damage caused can cost you an awful lot of money and even lead to injury.
5) Using sugar to stop your engine from freezing
Without a doubt, every winter this piece of advice will be posted onto every car enthusiasts forum. Adding sugar to your engine will not stop it from freezing, but will instead irrevocably damage it. This is a hoax, do not do it
These are only 5 of the most popular 'worst pieces of advice' that are out there. There is so much misinformation out there on the Internet that could damage your car and put you at risk. Always question the advice you read and check with an expert before you carry out any invasive work.
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