How can i improve my fuel mileage?

With these gas prices in this modern era, it is no surprise more and more people are trying to figure out what they can do to improve their fuel mileage.
Most vehicle’s that you purchase from an automotive dealer new or used, can still be modified to save money. By getting the most out of your vehicle, regardless of the vehicle’s make or model. Here are a few things that you can check and a few items that you can purchase. These items can be purchased at your local automotive parts store, or you can even order some of these items on the web.

Tire pressure: Improperly inflated tires will make a diffrence in fuel consumption. The only tool that you will need to check your tire’s air pressure is a tire gauge. Tire gauge’s are affordable and important for tire maintenance. So if your tire looks real low, you may need to take your tire in for a flat repair. But if you’re lucky, you may just need to put more air in it. Be sure to check on side wall of your tire, there is where you check to see what the maximum air pressure is, the P.S.I.(Pounds per Square Inch). Most tire’s will be around 35 p.s.i, but heavier trucks will use 10-ply tire’s that will require up to 80 p.s.i. So be sure to check each individual tire for its recomended air pressure.

Air intake: Air filters are very important for any type of mechanical engine. Vehicle’s that are not maintaned or tuned up on a regular basis, might end up in time with a clogged air filter(air restriction). Air restrictions will cause poor fuel/air ratio, causing your vehicle to consume more fuel. All air filters will be located under the hood, inside an air box(inclosed space for your air filter). The air filter box in the most underrated feature of the air intake, it helps sheild the heat from your engine. That’s why the cool air intake’s will help improve fuel consumption. The cooler the air intake temperature, the more power your vehicle will have. More driving power with less throttle is more fuel in your tank.

Exhaust: Most exhaust systems will come with small tubing(exhaust pipe) around 2 1/2 – 3 inches in diameter. These smaller pipes will have a higher exhaust back pressure(restriction). So more flow equals more power, especially on deisel models. On gas engine’s you can go with a dual exhaust system, more pipes more exhaust flow. There are a variety a brands and sizes of exhausts so don’t rush youself. Be sure that you find what is best for your vehicle, so you can start to save money with your improved fuel mileage. Some company’s will have a combo deal(air intake/exhaust) available for most makes and models at a more affordable price.

Here are a few things you may want to check: Be sure to have enough radiator fluid and motor oil, if you are low on fluids your vehicle will run hotter. Sensor’s and plugs foul out, when your vehicle runs hotter, which may cause problems and increase fuel consumption. So check your fluids and fill them to the max safe level(do not overfill). And the next time that your vehicle is at the shop, don’t be affraid to ask your mechanic what He/She may recommend to help improve fuel milage. He/She may just tell you about improvements to your exhaust and air intake. Keep in mind, some of these upgrades will cost you, but in the long run it will pay for itself and you will have improved fuel milage.

Updated: May 14, 2011 — 5:26 pm

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