Running a car has never been more expensive. Besides the obvious, such as road tax, insurance, and maintenance costs, there is also petrol to consider as well. No matter what car you have, whether it’s a hatchback or a sports car, you want to get the most out of it – and that includes making it fuel efficient.
Tuning a car is something which many people leave to the professionals. But there are a few things you can do yourself to make your car run better. Here are four relatively simple tune-up techniques for those looking to do it themselves, increase their car’s mileage, and save themselves some money on fuel costs:
Change Your Spark Plugs
You may not realise it, but dysfunctional or grimy spark plugs can significantly reduce your car’s mpg (miles per gallon). On most cars, just one misfiring plug can decrease efficiency by up to seven per cent. The ratio obviously rises the more spark plugs you have out of proper working order. Some say that it is advisable to change them every 25-30 thousand miles, so that you aren’t haemorrhaging fuel efficiency.
Although deluxe spark plugs are available, it is always best to opt for the same type you already have. The car’s manufacturer will likely have opted for this sort after testing various kinds, and decided that this kind provide best results – so stick with them.
It may seem like we’re stating the obvious here, but it’s a tune-up people often miss. Extra weight means more engine exertion, which means more petrol consumption, which means more expenditure. Be smart, and take what you don’t need off your car. If you have a roof-rack, but aren’t using it for a particular journey, remove it. If you’re packing in-car gadgets and other stuff you don’t use, take them out too. Your car will run much more smoothly and use less fuel over long anf short distances.
Keep an Eye on Your Tyre Pressure
Everyone knows that having the correct tyre pressure is important. Not only does it reduce ‘drag’ and increase your fuel efficiency. It also helps to extend their life and decreases the risk of damage to your car. Yet, many people either forget to check their tyre pressure or don’t deem it as a priority. You should never fall into this trap. Check your pressure on a regular basis, and your car (and the environment) will thank you for it.
Replace Your Air Filter
So how can you tell when your filter is past it? Simple. Hold it up to a light bulb or a torch, and if you can’t see through it, it’s time for a change. Your air filter is important for your mileage, as it stops contaminants from getting into your engine and producing build-up, making it harder for your vehicle to process the air it needs. Cleaner filters means a better running engine, which in turn means less energy and fuel consumption, and better mileage.
This article is written by Steve who works for TurboRevs.org.uk In his free time, he loves to hire supercars and take them for a spin around the UK!