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Increase Your Gas Mileage

Posted on 3rd May, by admin in Going Green, Maintenance Tips. No Comments

Summer will be here soon, and you’re probably already thinking about all the summer trips you have planned. Whether you’re going to see old friends, or to watch the kids graduate from college, one thing that you probably can’t get off of your mind is the gas bill that will come with taking these trips. Gas is already expensive enough, so here I’ll explain how to stretch those gallons a little further so you can increase your gas milage.

  1. If you follow my blog then you have probably already read about the 8 Things to Check on Your Car, in that post I encouraged you to check your tire pressure regularly, and since we’re talking about how to increase your gas mileage, I’m mentioning it again: Check your tire pressure and keep your tires inflated to the proper level. This is hands-down the easiest thing you can do at home to make sure you’re getting the best gas mileage possible.
  2. If you’re planning to take a trip, get your oil changed. Clean oil means that all the moving parts inside your engine can move around with less friction, and that means better gas mileage.
  3. Clean or replace your air filter. Think about it like this: If you light a candle, put it in a jar, and then screw the top on, then the candle will eventually suffocate and go out. However, if you take that same top and poke some holes in it then the candle will be just fine. Your air filter is just like the top to the jar. It lets clean air get to your engine, but it can’t do that if it’s dirty.
  4. Spark plugs. If you have no idea when your spark plugs were last checked or replaced, then it may be a good idea to switch them out. As spark plugs age they can begin to misfire, or wear out completely. Installing a new set is a great way to ensure that you’re getting the most out of every gallon of gas.
  5. Fuel filter. I won’t go into too many details on this one, but a dirty fuel filter will ruin your fuel economy. Check out my post on fuel filters for more info.
  6. Check your back seat and your trunk. Do you have anything unnecessary and heavy in there? If you do then take it out, that extra weight is slowing you down.

That’s it for now! Hopefully I’ve helped you increase your gas mileage and you can save some money on your summer driving. If you would like for us to inspect your car before you take a road trip, then you can call us at 901-492-1095, or send us an email.

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