Most of us think about saving money on oil, so we are sharing 5 ways to improve fuel consumption in cars.
Do you feel the tight grip of the latest high oil prices? Can’t afford to buy a new elegant hybrid vehicle? I think most of us could use some quick tips on ways to improve fuel economy in our older cars. We decided to research as many tips to improve fuel economy as we could find and rank the ones that have the greatest effect on the fuel economy and fuel economy of our older vehicles.
Note: These are all the methods to improve the fuel consumption of cars in general, so we are leaving aside driving habits, personal preferences, etc.
- Replace your spark plugs
After 30,000 miles there are fuel savings to replace your spark plugs. The spark plugs ignite the fuel in the combustion chamber. Worn plugs produce a weak spark and fuel does not burn completely. Many people will tell you to buy platinum plugs, but copper plugs actually produce a stronger spark. The downside is that you must replace them first. However, the fuel savings are worth it, since copper plugs are generally cheaper.
- Replace your oxygen sensor
The oxygen sensor monitors the amount of fuel in the exhaust as it comes out of the engine, then tells the car’s computer (ECU) to adjust the amount of fuel that is injected into the engine for proper combustion. When the O2 sensor starts to fail, you get incorrect readings or no reading. To prevent the engine from running too hot, the ECU adds more fuel than necessary, causing fuel consumption to plummet. Replacing your oxygen sensors can make a dramatic difference in fuel economy and fuel economy.
- Replace your air filter
This inexpensive item prevents dust and dirt from entering your engine and using it prematurely. Almost any oil change shop will replace your clogged dirty air filter with a new one that flows much better. With a properly flowing air filter, you get more air into the engine, creating better combustion that results in better fuel economy.
If you want to go one step further, you can get a high-flow air filter that is washable/reusable and that flows more than a traditional paper filter. This will further increase your fuel consumption.
- Pay attention to your tires
Your tires can have a significant impact on your fuel consumption. Incorrectly inflated tires can add extra friction that requires more energy and therefore gas to push your car even further. Also, if you can buy a tire that has a harder rubber compound, it will further reduce friction and, as a bonus, you can spend more time between tire replacements.
To help keep tires consistent, consider switching to nitrogen inflated tires that are more consistent and tend to leak without air.
- Run a little lighter oil
If your instruction manual provides you with a variety of oils that you can use, choose the lightest oil. By running lighter oil, less load is put on the engine (wind), allowing it to run more efficiently. As you do so, you may want to replace the oil in your transmission and differential. Both can have reduced friction and increased efficiency through a nice new oil.
- Remove any excess weight from your car
Any weight gain will dramatically decrease your fuel consumption. Try not to have a trunk full of items left behind, and consider removing everything you don’t need in the car. Some chose to remove the spare tire and jack (which are quite heavy) and instead have cans to fix a flat tire.