Although gas prices continue to remain low, you should always strive to get the most out of every tank. If you’ve noticed that you’re not going as many miles per tank as you once did, chances are something is off in your car’s system. Here are a few things you should check that may help boost fuel economy.
1. Tire Pressure
A tire that’s underinflated (which happens often in cooler temperatures) can reduce fuel economy by up to 3%. That may not sound like a lot but over time those miles add up! Just look inside your driver’s door or at the tires for proper pressure, expressed in PSI. This is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to boost fuel economy.
2. Air Filter
If you schedule regular maintenance like oil changes and tune-ups, you should have clean air filters. However, it’s always worth checking if you notice your fuel economy decreasing. Clean filters impact your car in many ways, one of which may be a boost in fuel efficiency.
3. Your Gas Cap
If yours is cracked or missing, you’re leaving your car open to potential damage and reduced fuel economy. The only solution is to replace yours. Newer cars don’t have gas caps but if your self-sealing fuel point isn’t closing, take your car to a mechanic.
4. Tune Up Recommendations
Every car has slightly different recommendations for when to perform a tune up and what should be checked or replaced. If you’ve never looked at your manual or keep putting off necessary maintenance, your fuel economy will suffer. You may also do damage to parts of your car by not replacing fluids or flushing systems.
5. Dash Indicators
Are there any indicators on your dashboard you’ve been ignoring? If so, call your local mechanic and have them check which code your vehicle has an alert. Things like a fault O2 sensor or other maintenance issue can impact your car in more ways than just reducing fuel efficiency.
If you need regular schedule maintenance like a tune up, new tires, a tire rotation, a fluid flush or just need to know why your dash light is on, come by Oldsmar Automotive. We’ll let you know if we see any thing that should be repaired to boost fuel economy. We’re conveniently located at 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar. If you prefer to make an appointment, call us at (727) 784-3501.