Tuning Your Car for Better Gas Mileage

Better gas mileage
Drivers are always looking for ways to save on gas, especially in the summer months when prices soar. Fortunately, there are certain tune-ups you can do to your vehicle to give you better gas mileage.
If you haven’t changed your air filter in a while, you might want to consider replacing it. Your air filter stops contaminants from reaching your engine, but the build-up over time can reduce the amount of air that your car can take in. Switching air filters will improve your fuel economy up to 10% experts say.
The easiest thing you can do to improve fuel efficiency is get rid of everything in your vehicle that’s not necessary. Having a ski rack attached to your SUV in the summer is only costing you more gas, as your car has to work harder due to the extra weight.
While spark plugs should be changed approximately every 100,000 km, experts say they should be changed every 50,000 km if you want to make sure your fuel economy is the best that it can be. A misfiring sparkplug can decrease your L/100 km by 7%.
Finally, you should consider changing your oil. The longer you have your oil for, the thicker it becomes and the harder it has to work to do its job. You should change your oil around every three months if you want to have optimal fuel economy.
Patrick Britton – Guest Blogger