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4 Auto Maintenance and Driving Tips to Increase Fuel Efficiency

It seems that gas prices are on their way up, up, up. In an effort to conserve fuel you should do your part to keep your car up to date with necessary auto maintenance, will help ensure that the engine runs at maximum efficiency. Aside from routine service you can also drive in a way that will ensure your vehicle is much more fuel efficient. Let's take a look at four auto maintenance and driving tips that are sure to save you time and money at the pump.

Avoid Long Warm Ups

Modern vehicles are designed to be driven as soon as they are turned on. If your car needs to spend a few minutes warming up in order to soften the idle and make your vehicle run better there is definitely a larger problem at hand. While you're allowing your vehicle to warm up you're getting zero miles per gallon and the longer that your car sits parked and running the more gas it is using without taking you anywhere.

Fresh Air Filter

One of the most inexpensive and quick services that you can complete is the installation of a new air filter. Your vehicle's engine runs on a mixture of fuel and air, and if the air filter is clogged the engine compensates by burning excessive amounts of fuel. Not only will this lower gas mileage but it can cause additional engine problems as well.

Follow the Speed Limit

Most vehicles get their best miles per gallon around 55-60 miles per hour, which is a common speed limit on many highways across America. For every 5 MPH you go above this speed your fuel economy can drop by 15 percent or more.

New Spark Plugs

The spark plugs are fed an electrical charge that ignites the fuel/air mixture. If the plugs become dirty or corroded they will misfire, meaning the tiny explosion they create will be either too powerful, not powerful enough or come at the wrong time. This results in poor fuel economy and a rough running engine.

Regular maintenance helps to maintain fuel efficiency. This includes keeping up with 30/60/90K services, conducting fuel injector cleaning and many others services. When it comes time for gas-saving auto maintenance in Morgan Hill or the surrounding California communities be sure to visit Fred's Foreign & Domestic Car Repair. We service all makes and models at our full service auto maintenance and repair shop. Give us a call at (408) 706-7318 to schedule expert auto service in Morgan Hill.


Freds Foreign and Domestic Car Repair Blog
Written By Brian Corey
Published By MORBiZ

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