Improving gas mileage is simple. Follow the recommendations below, and you will save money and increase the life of your vehicle. As with anything related to your car or truck, regular maintenance and oil changes are necessary to achieve top performance.
Gas Mileage Thieves
Incorrect Tire Pressure: You can find an inexpensive pressure gauge like this one (pic) and periodically check your tire pressure. The manufacturers recommended pressure levels are on the driver’s side doorplate. Don’t use the “Maximum Pressure” numbers on the tire.
Bad Oxygen Sensors: Replacing malfunctioning sensors can improve your gas mileage by as much as 10%. Oxygen Sensors regulate the mixture of air and fuel and are generally rated to be replaced at 100,000 miles. Make sure you have a mechanic perform diagnostics to be certain that this is the issue.
Poor Air Filtering: Ensuring that Air Filters are unclogged can improve your mileage per gallon by as much as 20%.
Broken Spark Plugs: Make sure the spark plugs are firing correctly.
Leaking Fuel Injectors: You’ll want to confirm the functioning of your fuel injectors to ensure they aren’t negatively affecting your gas mileage.
Low Quality Motor Oil: The wrong motor oil can affect your gas mileage up to 12%. Make sure you choose an oil that is high in reducing friction.
Loose Gas Caps: Check that your Gas Cap is screwed on tight.
- Accelerate and break steadily.
- Drive the speed limit.
- Use cruise control on the highways.
- Idling wastes fuel. It takes only 30 seconds to warm up the engine. Also, if you are waiting for someone, put the car in neutral.
Before You Buy
If you’re looking for a new or used car, you can go to this site to check on the fuel economy of the Model by year: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.shtml.