Are you getting the best fuel economy possible with your vehicle? Like many people, you may think that your vehicle’s MPG rating is the end of the story when it comes to fuel economy. However, there are things that you can do in terms of maintenance and driving habits that can help you to improve your vehicle’s gas mileage. In the first part of this series on improving fuel economy, we will look at maintenance practices that can help you to save money on your fuel costs.
Here are 5 maintenance tips that will help your vehicle to get better gas mileage:
- Get regular tune-ups to keep your engine running at peak efficiency. For example, replacing a malfunctioning oxygen sensor can boost your fuel economy by as much as 40%.
- Make sure to keep your tires properly inflated. In addition to improving fuel economy, properly inflated tires also last longer and allow your car to handle better.
- Have your spark plugs changed at the recommended intervals set by your vehicle’s manufacturer.
- Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations. For example, use only the recommended grade of motor oil in your engine, which will keep the lubrication system functioning efficiently. You should also use the recommended fuel grade for your vehicle. Using fuel that has an octane level that is too low can result in problems to your vehicle’s electronic spark timing, which will reduce fuel economy.
- Have your fuel injection system serviced regularly. Because dirty fuel injectors have poor atomization, the engine has to add more fuel to compensate. Having your fuel injection system serviced will restore both performance and fuel economy.
If you live in the Tucson, AZ, area and would like the best service available for your BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, VW, or other German automobile, contact European Auto Tech today. Our highly-trained technicians can help your vehicle to get the best fuel economy possible.