Nothing beats regular preventative maintenance to increase the lifespan and dependability of your vehicle. The good news is – this preventative maintenance will give you a boost in your fuel economy as well.
Some gas saving tips won’t cost you anything, or very little; for example check and adjust tire pressures as needed. An underinflated tire increases rolling resistance adding up to 3% in gas consumption! Tire pressures change as the weather changes, so check monthly or even weekly if possible. Keeping your tires properly inflated will also allow them to wear evenly; you’ll be less likely to need new tires prematurely.
You can also replace a dirty or clogged engine air filter to add to your fuel economy. Most filters range from $25.00 to $35.00 dollars and play an important part in protecting more expensive parts such as the mass air flow sensor.
If your check engine light is on, have it diagnosed to determine if you have a faulty oxygen sensor, or worn spark plugs. Worn spark plugs could cost you ten cents a gallon, and a faulty oxygen sensor could account for up to fifty cents a gallon!
Some timing components are controlled by oil pressure, so dirty or low engine oil may causes changes in the way your engine performs, not to mention wear and tear on mechanical parts due to poor lubrication. Central Garage uses synthetic blend motor oil on all makes and models that do not require full synthetic oil. Regular oil and filter changes are the most beneficial and cost effective maintance you can do to your car.
Finally, the way you drive can cost or save fuel dollars. Slow down, observe the speed limit. Aggressive driving and letting your car warm up for long periods of time during the winter accounts for excessive fuel costs as well.
Central Garage is centrally located to the Reynoldsburg, Pataskala, Pickerington, and Blacklick areas; call us, we can help you improve your fuel economy!