Find out how proper maintenance of your vehicle can improve its performance.
Proper Car maintenance can extend the life of your car. But did you know that it can also have an impact on fuel consumption? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Fix all problems as soon as they appear
Maintaining a car in poorer condition or failing an emissions test can improve fuel efficiency by an average of 4%, although results vary. Dealing with a more serious problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can result in up to 40% better mileage .
Check the tire pressure
Check and adjust the pressure of your tires once a month and you could improve the fuel efficiency of your car – up to 3% .
Make a habit of moving to a higher gear as soon as possible. Higher gear ratios are more fuel efficient .
Use better quality motor oil
You can improve your fuel efficiency by 1 to 2% by using the engine oil class recommended by the manufacturer. Thus, using 10W30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W30 oil can reduce your efficiency by 1-2%. Using 5W30 engine oil in an engine designed for 5W20 oil can reduce your efficiency by 1 to 1.5%. Also look for an engine oil that says “Save energy” on the API performance symbol to make sure it contains friction reducing additives.
Change the air filters
Replacing the clogged air filter in a car with a petrol engine with a computer-controlled injection system- such as those built since the early 1980s – or a diesel engine will not improve its fuel efficiency, but could improve acceleration . In addition, replacing the clogged air filter of a newer vehicle with a carbureted engine can improve both fuel economy and acceleration by a few percentage points under normal replacement conditions.