Gas prices are well off their record highs, but that doesn’t make it any less important to make sure that you’re getting the best miles-per-gallon possible for your vehicle. Diminishing fuel economy is not merely at the mercy of a vehicle’s age, as the state of maintenance can have a significant impact on what kind of mileage you’re getting. Taking a few simple measures to make sure nothing has been overlooked can improve your fuel economy, while preventing more costly repairs down the road.
Here are just a few of the things you can do to make sure that you’re getting the best miles-per-gallon, regardless of your vehicle type or age.
Tires, Pressure & Alignment
Most people don’t think about fuel efficiency when they think of their tires, but you would be surprised at how closely related they are. When tire pressure is too high or too low, it creates an imbalance that can decrease your fuel economy. This also occurs when your vehicle is out of alignment, or riding around on tires that are worn, bulging or improperly balanced. Correcting this common issues promotes a smooth ride for better mileage.
Fuel System & Filters
To run at its most fuel-efficient state, your vehicle needs a fuel and air intake system capable of delivering the performance it was designed for. When the fuel system is clogged with tank sediment and gasoline impurities, or when the filters are not capable of free flowing air for combustion, one of the first things to suffer is gas mileage. Have your fuel system professionally cleaned at least once a year, and have your mechanic check all air and fuel filters to ensure that everything is clean and free flowing.
Up-to-Date Fluid & Oil Changes
The more you drive, the faster your oil and automotive fluids will break down as a result of high heat and exposure to friction. Making sure that they’re replaced consistently and as specified in your owner’s manual is essential for anyone looking to get the best fuel economy. When it comes to your oil, always make sure that you’re using the correct grade and viscosity for your vehicle, as topping off with the wrong type could do real damage.
For additional ways to help improve your gas mileage or information on auto repairs in Rochester NY, call Ridgeway Sunoco today at 585-227-4513 or stop by to speak with one of our mechanics. We’re a full service AAA® certified auto repair shop, proudly serving the greater Rochester NY community with honesty and integrity for 40 years.