Many tips have been shared about improving fuel mileage. There are some that have proven useful, while some have not. With correct measures, your vehicle’s performance can exceed your expectations.
We have listed what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to your vehicle’s fuel economy. If you’re looking to get the most out of your car’s fuel, keep reading.
The sales pitch or ads often have elements of the following included: “The secrets that the car and oil companies do not want you to know is the stock and trade of the magic carburetor and the super turbo vortex swirling throttle body fuel charging magnetic particle inducing fuel enhancer.”
The sellers claim these super gizmos are yours for just a portion of the money that you will recover in the first few weeks of the installation. The installation can be done in minutes with no special tools or mechanical experience needed. You will continue to reap the benefits with no maintenance for your car’s life. However, these inventions don’t usually live up to the claims.
If any of these inventions worked, the car companies would save millions in engineering and development time and would have incredible bragging and advertising rights for fuel-efficiency. It is advisable to spend your money more wisely on the things that do work.
We have listed down five things that work. Have a look.
Right Tire Pressure
The first and perhaps the cheapest thing you can do is make sure your tire pressures are set to the correct values recommended by the manufacturer for the load and speed the vehicle will be exposed to.
Purchase a good quality tire gauge and check your pressures at least every other fill up if not each time. You will improve the chances of getting maximum fuel economy and improve tire longevity and make tire failure less likely. You can also search for auto parts warehouse stores online and find good quality tire gauges that will complement your vehicle’s performance.
Check Your Vehicle’s Air Filter
Replace it as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. These will usually specify more frequent changes for dusty or other extreme driving conditions. Ensure that there are no blockages or other debris that may hinder airflow to the engine.
Restricted intake airflow means lower mileage. These filters are easily purchased at automotive stores and easily installed by even modestly handy people. Your owner’s manual often has the part number in it.
Pay Attention To Your Exhaust System
Check the exhaust system for crimps and dents that may restrict exhaust gas flow out of the tailpipe. That also can cause lower fuel economy and also a rough running engine. A severe enough bent or dent can even prevent the engine from starting.
Know Your Car’s Octane Rating
If your car requires 87 octane (usually called regular) fuel, there is no reason to buy a higher rated fuel (premium). It will NOT improve your mileage. Check the owner’s manual to determine the correct octane rating.
There are usually more fuel system cleaning chemicals in premium fuels. Still, if regular is called for in the owner’s manual, it should have enough cleaners to keep the fuel system clear.
Check Your driving Style
The way you drive your car matters. Hard on the throttle and hard on the brake will yield lower efficiency. Try to time your acceleration to coincide with the next green light.
On the highway, more speed generally also increases fuel consumption. The onboard computers in many new dashes can help to calculate fuel economy and can be used to experiment with driving styles.
A better fuel economy can enhance your car’s performance. It is crucial not to pay heed to any unnecessary marketing gimmicks by sellers and make an informed decision after thorough research.
We hope the tips mentioned in this article will help.