When owning a vehicle, you will want to have it last as long as possible. One way to help increase the life of it is to go to regular maintenance inspections. Also, between maintenances, make sure you inspect parts of the vehicle yourself. This can help notice an issue at the first sign of it. It can also decrease the chance for a costly repair bill in the future. By having the vehicle maintained, you will be able to have the best fuel mileage possible when you travel. From tires to fluid checks to oil changes, you want to do everything possible to get the maximum value from the money that you spend on gas. Keep your tires at the proper pressure level. If your tires have too little or too much air in them, this will affect the handling of your car, which can cause drag on the engine causing you to use much more fuel than you should. Tire air pressure not only helps with your fuel efficiency, however, it also helps to lengthen the life of your tires. This is a maintenance issue that is very simple to take care of, so you want to be sure that you learn how to use a tire pressure gauge to keep your tires at the pressure level that is recommended by the tire manufacturer.
Change the Oil on a Regular Basis
Keep to your oil change maintenance schedule. The manufacturer will have a schedule of how often that you need to change your oil. By sticking to that, you will be able to keep all of the engine parts lubricated to make sure that everything works as efficiently as possible. Old oil that is full of dirt and debris or not enough oil can cause your engine to lock up and cause it to have to work harder to keep your car running efficiently, which can impact the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. If you notice that oil has to be added often, it could mean there is a leak in the system somewhere. Bring the vehicle in, and we can locate the source of the issue. This can save you money, as well as poor wear on your vehicle.
The Heater Should be Inspected
The heater and defrost should also be inspected. If these are not working at top performance levels, the vehicle will have to run longer to warm up. It can also be a safety issue as your vision will be impaired. If you notice the heater is not producing as much warm air as it used to, make sure to bring the vehicle in so it can be inspected properly.
The Tires Should be Inspected
If you want to keep your vehicle running as fuel efficiently as possible, you want to keep the tires in as good of condition as possible. Make sure the tires are properly inflated. By having good air pressure, the tires will be able to rotate, as they need to. If you notice a tire going flat more often than normal, it could be a sign of a leak. This should be repaired as soon as possible so your vehicle is safe and reliable on the road. By keeping it running as efficiently as possible, you will be able to get the maximum fuel efficiency when you drive.