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Thursday, May 3, 2012
May 3, 2012
5 Key ways to keep your vehicle running at peak
There was a
time when the price of fuel was affordable and it was not a factor to fill up
our vehicles. With the ever unpredictable cost of fuel which only seems to go
one way, almost on a daily price increase. We now have to find ways to make sure
we get the most possible mileage from our vehicles. By performing these few
simple maintenance tasks yourself, will help you squeeze a few extra kilometers
from each tank.
1. When is the Best Time to Fill Up?
always try to fill up your vehicle during the coolest part of the day, fuel
becomes denser when it’s cool, and so you actually get more for your money when
you pump gas in the morning; instead of filling up in the evening when
temperatures are the warmest. Also, if you really want to save additional money
stay away from the premium fuel and use the cheaper stuff, stay away from E85
the ethanol-mixedfuel provides lower fuel economy than the pure stuff.
2. Keeping Your Vehicle Clean Helps
When you keep
your vehicle clean it will not only look good, it actually lowers the wind
resistance of your vehicle add some wax to get a true effect. Not by much but every little bit helps. Remove all
your unnecessary heavy boxes from the trunk and from your back seat that you do
not need. Keeping the weight down, will improve your fuel economy.
3. Make sure you check Your Tire Pressure
This is a very
important step to do, not only is it easy but with underinflated tires it will
take more energy to make your wheels turn? You will have to invest in a good
dial-type tire pressure gauge and use it to check your tires at least once a
week, especially in winter when tires lose air more frequently. Always check
the tire pressure recomandation on the inside of the driver’s door, do not use what the tire manufacture
suggest on the actual tire. Just a few PSI low, you will burn a lot more fuel
than you did if you had the correct PSI on each tire.
4. Make Sure You Change the Air filter
When you have
a dirty air filter it will make the engine work twice as hard bringing in the
air it needs to burn fuel efficiently. Inspect your air filter with every other
oil change and replace it if is dirty, the cost of a new one will help you save
money by providing your vehicle with better gas mileage. If you live in the
country, where it is much dustier, check your air filter with each oil change.
When your engine breathe freely, it is working as efficient as possible.
5. Replace Your Spark Plugs
This is more than likely the most important maintenance
you can perform on your vehicle and many of us just forget about it. Worn spark
plugs will not ignite the air/fuel mixture in your engine as effectively. This
will cause your engine to use more fuel to produce the same amount of power
produced by properly gapped spark plug that are clean. You should change your
spark plugs every 60,000 klms or depending on the vehicle you drive, You may need
to change them yearly. You will need to refer to your owner’s manual on what
is recommended for your specific vehicle. You may need to take your vehicle to
your local automotive garage and allow them to replace he spark-plugs.