Ways to Improve Your Gas Mileage
Keep Tires Properly Inflated
You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner’s manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall.
Use the Right Motor Oil
You may think that motor oil is oil right? But did you realize that by using the wrong kind could actually hurt your gas mileage by as much as 2% just by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil (check your vehicle’s handbook to find out what type to use). Don’t use 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 – it’s not good for your engine, and it can lower your gas mileage by 1-2%. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1-1.5%. And don’t forget to check the API symbol on the oil container. If it says “Energy Conserving” it contains friction-reducing additives and can give you even better gas mileage and protect your engine better..
Maintain Air Filters
Replacing dirty air filters in your vehicle is another way to get better gas mileage. If you have a fan in your home, you know how the blades can get clogged up with dust and dirt. Unless you clean the fan blades, that dust and dirt are constantly getting blown back into your home.
That is also what happens if you don’t check and replace your vehicle’s air filters. That dust and dirt get blown back into the engine – which can cause a reduction in gas mileage and harm your engine. Checking and replacing a dirty air filter can improve gas mileage in your vehicle;e by as much as 10%.
Air filter savings based on Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Automobile Fuel Consumption in Actual Traffic Conditions. Paris, France, 1981. These tests were performed before the introduction of computer-controlled, fuel-injection engines. DOE is currently studying the fuel economy effects of clogged air filters on more modern engines.
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