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Survey says: men claim to know more about cars than women

Who claims to know more about their vehicle, men or women?

Well, according to a telephone survey that the folks at Jiffy Lube had conducted in May of this year, men claim (as you would expect) to know more about their vehicles. The survey asked more than 2000 respondents (about 50 percent male and 50 percent female) how well they knew their cars. When it came to knowing to check the oil level in the engine with each fill up, only 11 percent of female respondents knew to do it and only 26 percent of the male respondents answered in the affirmative.


What is strange is that a high percentage of both groups (91 percent female and 95 percent male) said they knew where the oil level dipstick was located on their vehicle. Another good sign was the percentage of respondents (33 percent female and 77 percent male) who said they were able to identify the serpentine belt on their engine.


Most of the respondents (97 percent male and female) said they could identify the battery, most said (63 percent female and 90 percent male) said they could identify and find the air filter, (89 percent female and 95 percent male) could find the windshield washer fluid reservoir and most (75 percent female and 97 percent male) said they could identify and find the transmission fluid dipstick (good luck with a manual transmission!).


Perhaps the scariest thing the survey turned up was the relatively high number of respondents (28 percent in both female and male groups) that said they believed that premium gasoline would make their vehicle’s engines run better. In fact, if an engine is designed to run on regular grade gasoline, running premium fuel in it is a waste of money. There are certain conditions in which running a higher grade fuel is necessary, but today, with the high-quality detergent additives in modern gasoline, they are very rare conditions indeed.