Save money by maximizing your fuel economy. Regardless of whether your car is new or old, or you have an internal combustion engine or a hybrid, follow the tips below and make the most of your fuel and money.
by Atomic Auto, Portland, Oregon
by Chi Auto Repair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Keep tires inflated at the proper air pressure. There are also tires today that are designed to optimize fuel economy–they would be called LRR tires (low rolling resistance). If the vehicle has aftermarket bigger wheels, that will affect gas mileage as well, since the engine has to work harder to get the vehicle moving.
If your vehicle’s “Check engine light” is on it will also use more gas as the Power control module of the car will add more fuel to protect the engine. Resolving the issue will regain gas mileage. There are also engine additives like Liqui Moly Ceratec that have added a tad bit of MPG.
Also an often neglected item that never comes up for maintenance would be the oxygen sensors. The oxygen sensors over time become “worn or lazy.” Over time they wear out and could impact the gas mileage by 10% or more.
Lastly, remove any unnecessary items from the trunk that’s adding weight to the vehicle.
Try holding off…
by Luke’s Automotive, Redmond, Washington
1) Biggest and foremost is to keep the tires at their correct pressures.
2) Another one that many folks forget is to Wash & Wax your vehicle on a regular basis, less air drag. And we’re not talking the car wash type of waxing, An actual hand waxing.
3) Try to time your drive with the cycle of the signal lights so there is less stop and go. Starting off takes the most energy and Jack Rabbit starts are the worst for Fuel Economy.
4) Try holding off on those quick trips to the store and such to coordinate them all into one trip. Mapping the trips out to do them in a big returning circle will save time, fuel and money.
5) Get the “Junk” out of the trunk or back seat. That extra weight adds up more than folks realize.