Simple Maintenance Tips to Increase Fuel Economy

Monday, October 20, 2008 9:14

Increasing your gas mileage can be easy when you follow these tips to maintain the optimum performance in your engine, which can reduce fuel consumption and save money on gas
 
Make sure the vehicle has properly inflated tires. When the tires are balanced and inflated the vehicle is able to drive efficiently. If even one of the tires is deflated it can decrease the gas mileage of the vehicle by up to five percent! As easy as it is to stop after filling up the vehicle and check the tire pressure of the vehicle most people don’t bother.  This is one of the easiest ways to maintain the vehicle and increase gas mileage. Check the manual that comes with the vehicle to see what pressure the tires should be at for optimal performance.
 
Is your air filter clogged? If it is, than you could be increasing the fuel consumption of your vehicle by up to fifteen percent – the air filter should be checked every twelve thousand miles to ensure proper function. After this amount of time it will more than likely need to be changed, as they become clogged. Many times when you bring the vehicle in for an oil change they will check the air filter as well.
 
Ensuring that all spark plugs within the vehicle are in working order means increased fuel efficiency. If even one component of the vehicle is not working properly it causes the engine to have to work harder. What does it mean when the engine has to work harder? When the engine works harder it uses more fuel, which can increase consumption and decrease gas mileage.
 
Maintaining simple and regular oil changes will reduce friction within the engine, thereby increasing the fuel efficiency within the vehicle. As the oil ages it becomes less slippery and can increase friction within the engine. The reason oil is used within the vehicle is to maintain a smooth ride, decrease the friction and create a well-running engine.
 
Using these tips can increase your gas mileage through the use of simple maintenance techniques created that will extend the life of the vehicle, maintain optimal running performance and save money on gas.  After all – with gas prices at the levels they are at, we can all use a break at the pumps!

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13 Responses to “Simple Maintenance Tips to Increase Fuel Economy”

  1. car accessories says:

    February 20th, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Great tips! I use these, and I can get 38 mpg. Everyone should use these tips!

  2. Tom Willer says:

    February 23rd, 2009 at 11:12 am

    That’s an excellent tips…. We must save fuel for the future since fuels are increasing this days… 🙂

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  3. Michelle@st louis bjj says:

    June 3rd, 2009 at 11:54 am

    We should love our environment and by doing this, we need to do something good like the tips that covered in this blog. These tips are really helpful.

  4. Solar blog says:

    June 13th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tips. Since fuel prices are on the rise again, we could all use a little bit of extra mileage 😉
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  5. solar panels for the home says:

    August 11th, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Besides modifying your driving habits (which I am all for) and choosing a different vehicle. What modifications do you know/think can be done to a car to increase the fuel economy, I’m making a list of these to later on test them out and see how much they really improve the MPG rating or if they even improved any at all. Thanks in advance for all the help.

  6. Factory Car Service Manual says:

    August 14th, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I should really consider buying an hybrid car next time when I switched my vehicle. Gas is likely to climb again. Nice tips here by the way.
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  7. Kevin Quinlan says:

    August 19th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    All great tips, the best part of it is that you can do all of that stuff yourself. Seems like these days the idea of working on your own car is going away and people are just used to handing over money for people to do it. This list is great because it shows that you can save a ton of money on fuel economy and you can do it by learning important skills which are reusable in the future.
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  8. auto repair in vermont says:

    August 24th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Thanks for these tips. I will attest that these tips really work as far as reducing fuel costs. Auto service centers always remind me to check my tires to make sure that I don’t just have a smooth journey on the road, but that I also get to save up on fuel and on a lot of other things.

  9. Susan@Trade In's says:

    September 15th, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Those are excellent tips and I am already using some of these tips and they really do help, especially when petrol increases like it has been here in South Africa, we try and save as much as we can

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  11. Barbie Lee says:

    March 28th, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Great! Aside from this, I’ll be adding a little do’s to increase gas efficiency.

    If it is not hot enough, roll down your window, don’t use AC, and whenever on highways, do opposite, and/or if ever your car has “flow-through ventilation”. Use that. 🙂

    Thanks!

  12. Javier@solar cells says:

    April 24th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I must add that the appropriate tire pressure also improves road safety! In addition, properly inflated tires have definitely longer life cycle.
    Thanks for tips included in your article.

  13. Tire Guys says:

    May 9th, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    The air filter issue is one of the most common problems that we see in our shop. While many people don’t understand it, it is a simple fix that an owner should check on periodically. We suggest every 6 months or change of season for best results.