Every driver on the road is concerned with gas mileage and saving money on increasing oil prices. Yet not every driver is worried about the common maintenance that their car needs to perform at its peak level.
The maintenance of your car will inevitably improve its gas mileage in addition to making it a safer vehicle to drive on an everyday basis. All cars need a regular tune-up every 30,000 miles. Below are some services to keep in mind that can make your car more efficient.
Replace your air filter. A dirty air filter can cause an excessively rich mixture of fuel and air and potentially can cause your car to lose up to two miles per gallon. If you travel over dirt roads often, you may need to change your filter more frequently.
Change your spark plugs. As spark plugs age, they cannot jump over wires and properly ignite the fuel, which leads to misfiring and a sluggish car and thus diminished gas mileage. Worn spark plugs can cost up to two miles per gallon. The type of spark plug your car uses can change the regularity with which you must change it. Some newer cars use platinum spark plugs which can last up to 60,000 miles.
Check your oxygen sensor. Although most modern cars’ check engine light will turn on if your oxygen sensor is low, it is still important to monitor. A faulty oxygen sensor can cause your car to lose up to three miles per gallon since it cannot effectively compensate for engine malfunctions and therefore uses extra gas.
Underinflated tires, dirty engine oil and loose gas caps are all things that significantly contribute to lost gas mileage. They are also aspects that are easy for you to keep a watch of on a regular basis.
As drivers continue to try to save money at the pump, it is important to be aware of the standard maintenance that your car calls for. Monitoring a handful of services will make your vehicle more efficient and keep you from reaching further into your pocket.