If you have concerns about your vehicle’s fuel economy or wonder why you are having to frequent the gas station more often, your Ford car or truck might be overdue for some regular maintenance. Not only will this get your vehicle operating in tip-top shape, but you should also notice a decrease in your monthly gas costs too.
Not sure where to start? Here are 10 practical tips from Be Car Care Aware to help you improve your vehicle’s fuel economy while saving you money at the pumps:
1. Check your tires for correct pressure
Under-inflated tires increase rolling resistance, thus forcing your engine to work harder and burn more expensive fuel.
2. Install the right tires on your vehicle
By installing the wrong type or size of tire, you increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption by changing the recommended rolling resistance of your car or truck.
3. Use the prescribed grade of motor oil
Your Owner’s Guide specifies the right type of motor oil to use in your vehicle, including the recommended grade and formulation. If you don’t follow these guidelines, you will experience a decrease in your fuel economy.
4. Have your engine tuned
Regular tune-ups according to your vehicle's maintenance schedule can improve your gas mileage by up to 4 percent.
5. Replace your oxygen sensor
Fresh oxygen sensors can improve fuel economy by as much as 10 to 15 percent and can save you an average of $100 per year on gas by ensuring optimal engine performance.
6. Inspect your battery
Corroded battery cables cause your alternator to work harder and burn more fuel.
7. Choose the right octane
For the best performance, always choose the recommended octane of gas for your specific vehicle. If premium gas is required, don’t cheap out for anything less.
8. Replace your air filters
Filters prevent contamination from harming the important systems in your vehicle. By replacing these at the recommended intervals, you can save up to 10 percent on fuel.
9. Check the gas cap
A missing or cracked gas cap will allow gasoline vapours to escape from your tank.
10. Have your suspension and chassis inspected
A misaligned or damaged suspension can create drag, which will increase your vehicle’s fuel consumption.
For more helpful tips like these or to book your next fuel-saving maintenance appointment, please contact our Service Department at Key West Ford in New Westminster, B.C.