Improve your gas mileage today!
With the rising cost of fuel, who doesn’t desire to improve gas mileage from their car? Following a few tips can help you get more miles to the gallon and benefit your vehicle’s performance.
Proper and Consistent Maintenance: Your fuel system consists of your air filter, fuel filter, intake manifold and valves, exhaust valves, throttle body, fuel injectors, fuel pump, and gas tank. Over time, dirt, sediment, petroleum sludge and carbon deposits build up in the system, which negatively affects your car’s performance and decreases gas mileage. Changing your spark plugs per your manufacturer’s recommended schedule, and having frequent oil changes every 5000 miles are two things that are extremely important in helping your engine run more efficiently, saving gas. A professional Fuel Induction System Cleaning can also improve gas mileage 2-4 miles per gallon, will reduce environmentally damaging exhaust emissions, and can give you better overall performance from your vehicle.
Correct Tire Pressure: Keeping your tires inflated with the recommended pressure (written right on your driver’s door panel) will improve your gas mileage and encourage even wear on your tires, making tires last longer. Check your tire pressure often, and feel free to stop in to either of our shop locations if you would like us to check your air pressure for you.
Change your air filter every 15,000 miles (depending on road conditions): Your engine requires adequate air flow to operate properly, so a clogged and dirty air filter will make your engine work extra hard to keep running. If you drive on dirt roads often, you will need to change your air filter more frequently, as it will collect dirt more quickly. With every oil change, our technicians inspect your air filter and will let you know when it needs to be changed.
Driving Habits: You can save gas by driving smoothly, avoiding “jack rabbit” starts and quick braking. Also, avoid idling for more than 30 seconds. Decreasing your speed on the highway from 75 mph to 55 mph can save 1 ½ to 2 gallons of gas in 200 miles, according to Consumer Reports. That is a $5-$7 saving right there!
Add all these things together, and you will have a better running vehicle, save money on gas, and maintain the value of your car, too. Good things to keep in mind for the life of your car and good on your wallet!