Basic car maintenance improves fuel economy

Keeping your car well maintained can improve fuel economy by 4% and fix a serious problem, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve mileage by up to 40%.

According to Barend Smit, Marketing Director of MotorHappy, most consumers are adopting fuel saving strategies such as driving more efficiently, choosing a more economical vehicle, combining trips, carpooling and dropping unnecessary weight in the car.

“Take these money-saving strategies one step further by keeping basic car maintenance in mind,” Smit said.
Smit said fixing a car that has a noticeable problem can improve fuel mileage, and results will vary depending on the type of problem.

“Fixing any alignment or braking issues would also improve gas mileage,” Smit explained.

He gave some additional tips that will help save gas:

• Properly inflate tires and check tire pressure at least once a month.
When tires are properly inflated, your car’s weight is evenly distributed, improving fuel economy and extending the life of your tire.

When your tires are underinflated, they are softer and therefore have a bigger “footprint” on the road.
This creates more friction between the road and the tire and the vehicle has to use more energy to keep rolling.

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• Use the correct engine oil for your vehicle.

Use the grade of oil recommended by the automaker for your vehicle. Also look for an oil that says it saves energy.

• Replace clogged air filters.

A dirty or damaged air filter limits the amount of air entering your car’s engine, causing it to work harder and therefore consume more fuel.

• Make sure the gas cap is securely attached.

Damaged or missing gas caps allow gasoline to leak out and vaporize.

Smit said any car maintenance will save you money in the long run, and to see a difference in your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, you’ll need to combine strategies, from improving your ride to commitment to the regular maintenance of your car.

“The key to good engine performance is servicing and maintaining the car according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or when it is clear that something is wrong with the engine.

“In addition to saving money on gas, you save money in the long run by avoiding more serious problems that could arise if you neglect your car’s maintenance.

“Taking care of basic car maintenance extends the life of your car and improves sales value, but maintaining your vehicle also has hidden benefits that become more visible when you monitor fuel consumption. fuel,” he concluded.

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