If you are like me, you're seeing a drastic increase in the price of gasoline at your local pumps. How can you combat those prices? Here are 3 simple tips to help your vehicle get the best gas mileage your engine is capable of.
1. Tire Pressure
Check your tires on a monthly basis. What does this help? Tires that are inflated to suggested PSI levels help keep your miles per gallon higher. Having tires with mixed inflation levels hinders the car from running at it's peak and also causes your tires to wear irregularly. Check your manual to see what it suggests for tire pressure in your vehicle's tires. My formula is this:
Front Tires: Manufacturer Suggested Pressure - 2PSI = My PSI
Rear Tires: Manufacturer Suggested Pressure - 4PSI = My PSI
2. Change Your Oil Regularly
What helps your engine run smoother and with less friction? You guessed it, oil. There is no easier way to be nice to your engine than to change the oil on a regular basis. I like to change mine with 5w-30 Castrol Syntec Full Synthetic oil between 3000-5000 miles. The more sludge in your oil, the harder it is for the engine to turn which leaves you sucking more gas down at the pump.
3. Clean Your Air Filter
I know, you can't really clean a factory air filter in your car but if you have an OEM filter like a K&N, then you can. Since most of you may not have one formerly mentioned, it's best to replace your air filter regularly. If using a paper-based filter (typical manufacturer filter) then replace it every 25,000 miles.
These are 3 simple steps to take to ensure your car is providing you with optimum gas mileage.