Ask the Tech: What Can I Do to Improve Fuel Efficiency?

There are actually a lot of things you can do – some of them are pretty easy. One of the first things motorists should do is make sure their tires are properly inflated. On the inside of the driver’s door or door jamb is a plate that indicates the correct tire pressure. Careful – there might be a different pressure for the front and rear tires. Check them at least once a month.Simple-Answers-Improve-Fuel-Economy_s

Carrying extra weight in the vehicle hurts fuel efficiency. Leave unnecessary stuff home. Do we even need to mention driving fast and jackrabbit starts? Gently accelerate and plan your stops so that you can ease into them a bit. This really makes a big difference. Now there are a number of essential maintenance items that improve fuel economy for bright drivers. Lubricants should be replaced on schedule – dirty oil, transmission fluid and differential fluid cause more friction and drag which hurt gas mileage. A big one is having a fuel system cleaning done if needed. A dirty fuel system can really reduce engine efficiency and increase fuel consumption.

And if your Check Engine Light is on, bring your Car or SUV in to Douglas Automotive Repair, Inc. for a diagnosis. Some conditions that trigger the light can really hurt your fuel economy. Getting the necessary work done to correct the fault will help your engine run better and may bump up your mileage.

And watch out for miracle cures. There are a lot of products being sold that claim to increase fuel economy. Check them out before you buy. Ask us at Douglas Automotive Repair, Inc. for ideas to improve your Car or SUV’s gas mileage.

Give us a call today!

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