Car Care 2013 Tip 3: Keep Your Vehicle in Shape

Keeping the vehicle in good shape is very important. This is because doing so will provide its owner with peace of mind knowing that the vehicle will surely provide the needed performance and will not easily break down. In addition to this, keeping the car in good shape will prevent it from depreciating faster and at the same time keep all of the car occupants safe when travelling.

Unfortunately, many car owners still don’t know that they could contribute a lot in keeping their vehicles in shape. In case you are one of these owners, try to maintain your car and make sure that this is in good running condition in order to obtain some of the benefits provided above. To further help you keep your car in shape, try to do the following.

1. Keep Your Engine Tuned Properly

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When your car is noticeably out of tune it is better to fix it right away before more serious damage can occur. An out of tune engine or one that has failed an emission test can use more gas. Results vary depending on the type of repairs and how well they are done, but on average you can improve gas mileage by up to 4 percent, or 15 cents per gallon, with a properly tuned engine. Fixing a serious problem, like a defective oxygen sensor, could improve gas mileage by up to 40 percent!

2. Keep Tires at the Right Pressure

Gas mileage can be improved by 3.3 percent, equivalent to 11 cents per gallon, when you keep your tires properly inflated to the right pressure. When a tire is below its recommended pressure you use an extra 0.3 percent more gas for every 1 psi of pressure. Plus, when you keep your tires inflated properly they last longer and make driving safer. You can find the right pressure for your tires on the sticker on the driver’s side door jamb or in the glove box, as well as in the owner’s manual. Do not go by the maximum pressure indicated on the sidewall of your tire.

3. Use the Motor Oil Recommended by the Manufacturer

Using the grade of oil recommended by the manufacturer can improve gas mileage by about 1 to 2 percent or 4 to 8 cents per gallon. For example, 10W-30 grade motor oil used in an engine that is designed for 5W-30 may lower gas mileage 1 to 2 percent. And using 5W-30 when the designation is for 5W-20 you can lower gas mileage about 1 to 1.5 percent. Look for energy conserving motor oil to ensure it contains additives to reduce friction.

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