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How to Stretch Your Gas Mileage

 

With all the commuting we have to do on the day to day, stretching your gas money can be a great way to save. Monday, we shared our first tips with you, here’s our wrap up on gas mileage. 

 

    Check Your Air Filter

        Your engine has to breathe too! A dirty filter reduces air flow to your engine,  reducing your engine’s performance, especially its fuel efficiency as well as horsepower. Making sure your filter is clean enough to let some fresh air through will keep a proper mixture of air and fuel, which will significantly help your fuel economy.

 

    Take it Easy on the Pedal

        With your air filter clean, your vehicle’s horsepower should increase, so you won’t have to put the pedal to the metal to get your vehicle up to speed. Hard acceleration greatly reduces your gas mileage, while a steady foot will help you get the most out of your gas mileage. 

 

    Replace Your Spark Plugs

        Gone are the days of replacing your copper spark plugs every 30,000 miles. The

iridium spark plugs we use today can last up to 100,000 miles, but making sure your spark plugs are regularly changed out is crucial to maintaining a lower gas mileage. How regularly you should change yours depends on what kind of spark plug your vehicle came with from the manufacturer. Most vehicles need a replacement between 60,000-100,00 miles.

 

    Reduce Your Load

        Still haven’t gotten around to dropping off that box of donations? Maybe have some sports equipment you forgot to put away? As small of a detail this might seem, carrying more cargo than you need places an added weight on your vehicle. If you’re toting around extra items that you don’t need on the day to day, consider giving your vehicle a clean-out. 

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