With the current recession going on and the price of fuel fluctuating up and down on a hourly basis, many of us would love to improve the distance each tank of that hard earned fuel goes. There are millions being made by scammers selling you “proven” devices that with out proof improve your mileage. This is not one of those advertisements. These tips are coming from an auto-expert who has years of knowledge with automobiles of all shapes and sizes.
Let it Breathe:
Your engine needs air to ignite the fuel you use. Whether it is gasoline or diesel you need oxygen for the combustion. This is known by all who have taken a basic science class. If your air filter is clogged or just plain nasty spend the cash to replace it. The average price of these filters is $15-$40USD but can save you even more. The more air you have in the combustion chamber the more power you get out of the fuel. If there is less air the car uses more fuel to compensate for the loss in power.
You can go a few steps further and install a CAI (Cold Air Intake) kit. The colder the air the more dense it is and the more you can fit in the chamber the better. Now these can run anywhere from $100-$500USD or more. The fuel savings from this is not as well offset by the cost but can over the life of the vehicle save you thousands compared to just replacing the air filter. This is because all CAI kits worth their price come with a cleanable air filter. You should never need to buy a new filter with a CAI kit if you keep the original one clean.
Now there are many other options in the filter range that you can take a look at. One That is neither a constant worry or a heavy expense is a OEM Cleanable Replacement Filter. Many of the CAI Companies also make filters that will replace your factory paper filter. This type of filter mean you do not need to constantly replace your OEM filter with a new one, just clean it, and you get the best airflow into the engine short of a CAI kit.
Lube It Up:
Oil is not something you should forget. The average oil change intervals are between 3,000 and 5,000 miles or every three months. When you oil should be changed, change it. Waiting kill your fuel mileage. The thicker the oild becomes the more the engine must work to move it. Imagine yourself swimming through water, easy right? Now imagine swimming through caramel, not so easy. When oil is new and clean it lubricates the engine properly, but when it gets old it is filled with dirt, carbon burn-off, and small bits of metal. All the contaminates in the old oil create a lot more resistance to the motor so it in turn uses more fuel to push through it.
Please follow the manufactures guidelines for oil weight and type. If you have any questions please contact your local dealer’s service department for specifications.
Boost or not to Boost:
Now don’t go tossing a turbocharger on your ride, that is not what this section is about. It is about fuel additives. There are so many out there it makes it hard for one to choose which is good or bad. Well take a look at the bottle, the ads for it, and the price. All items “You Get What You Pay For”. All that flash on a bottle but a low price tag means it most likely will not improve you much if any. A simple bottle, reasonable price point, and not a list of claims that would take you a week to read them all; this one might just do the job. As always read the label, research the product you are interested in and above all else, ask your friends about it.
Now all the above can help your fuel mileage but the ultimate factor in how much cash flows out the tail pipe is something you use every day for everything. Your right foot. Although it may feel like it in the grind to get to work, the stop light is not a starting grid. There is no need to pond the accelerator the the floor. Take your time. Driving is an experience not a right. Enjoy it, and be responsable.