[Updated 9/26/2020] Gas prices may be falling, but do you really want to burn more of it than absolutely necessary?
Of course you don’t. You probably aren’t sure how to improve your fuel economy, though, or you might think that there isn’t much that can be done to help you get more miles to the gallon. In just a few seconds, you will learn about three simple types of car maintenance that can improve gas mileage, saving you both money and time at the pump.
Routine Maintenance to Improve Gas Mileage
Keeping up with routine maintenance is the best and easiest way to ensure that your car is getting the best possible mileage.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Driving around with improperly inflated tires is one of the leading causes of poor fuel economy. In fact…
- 1.25 billion gallons of gas are wasted annually due to under-inflated tires.
- Every decrease of 1 psi decreases fuel economy by 0.3%.
- Keeping tires inflated to the proper pressure can improve gas mileage by as much as 3.3%.
…according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Getting the pressure right is easy. Just look for a label on the inside of one of your door jambs, in the glove box, or in your trunk that tells you the right pressure for your specific car. Can’t find a label? Check your owners manual.
Replace Air Filters
A clogged air filter has a negative effect on your car’s performance, and it decreases your fuel economy. Replacing old filters can improve gas mileage by a few percent.
The recommended schedule for replacing the air filters varies among manufacturers. To make sure you are changing yours on time, check your manual to learn more about scheduled car maintenance or consult with an honest mechanic.
Get a Tune-Up
A car that’s in need of a tune-up isn’t going to get good gas mileage. Regular tune-ups ensure that your vehicle’s engine is in top running condition.
During a tune-up, the mechanic will check your spark plugs, among many other things. Bad spark plugs alone can be responsible for decreasing fuel economy by as much as 30%. Schedule an appointment for a tune-up a couple of times a year just to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Keeping Up With Scheduled Car Maintenance
From oil changes to major engine overhauls, every manufacturer provides car buyers with recommendations for scheduled car maintenance. This maintenance is recommended to keep the car in good running order and extend its life. Properly maintaining your vehicle also improves gas mileage.
Is your dismal gas mileage getting you down? Bring your car to Tune Tech Automotive, a family-owned mechanic shop staffed by professional and honest mechanics who can help you ensure your vehicle is running perfectly.
From scheduled maintenance to major repairs and everything in between, we are a full-service shop that can help you get the best possible fuel economy out of any vehicle. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment, and you can enjoy more time on the open road and less time at the gas pump.