It seems like the price of gallon of gas goes up a quarter every day. In order to keep your car healthy and your wallet happy you should be doing everything you can to expand the distance you can cover on a gallon of gas. Here are our 5 tips for raising your MPGs!
Replace Worn Spark Plugs
Spark plugs create a small spark to fire the pistons and they burn gasoline to do so. Depending on how many spark plugs you have, generally one per cylinder, they can fire as many as 3 million times each for every 1,000 miles traveled. A corroded or dirty spark plug can cause misfires, which is a waste of fuel.
Inspect your Gas Cap
A damaged or ill-fitting gas cap can allow gasoline to evaporate, meaning you’re paying for gas you didn’t have get to get a single mile out of. Make sure your gas cap is on tight and doesn’t have any cracks.
Avoid Lengthy Warm Up Time
If your car needs more than 2 minutes to warm up in the morning before being ready to drive, there is something wrong with it. When your car or truck sits idling you’re getting zero miles per gallon.
Replace the Air Filter
A dirty air filter means causes a rich fuel mixture in the engine because of the blocked air flow. This is a waste of gasoline that can potentially cause other major problems in your vehicle’s engine.
Properly Inflate Tires
Driving on underinflated tires can cause increased fuel consumption by up to two MPGs. This is because your car’s engine must work harder to get the soft tires to spin. If you continue to lose air out of a tire, you may have a nail stuck in it or other damage allowing the air to escape. Have your local tire store check your tire’s PSI rating to make sure they’re properly filled and inspect the tire for wear and damage.
Make sure you are getting the best miles per gallon by bringing your vehicle to a professional repair shop and having them inspect the fuel system and other items that could increase fuel consumption. For complete tire and auto repair in St. Louis visit Henry’s Auto & Tire. They will help get your car in perfect running condition. Call (314) 429-4756 today to make an appointment!