While it may be tough to think about spending more money on your vehicle, focusing on these five areas can help improve your fuel mileage and save money in the long run:
• Air Filters
An air filter clogged with dirt, dust or bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power.
Potential savings: up to 10 percent a gallon.*
• Oxygen Sensors
Oxygen sensors that are properly functioning are good for the environment and can save hundreds of dollars in fuel costs over the life of the sensor.
Potential savings: up to 40 percent a gallon.
• Properly Inflated Tires
When tires aren’t inflated properly, it’s like driving with the parking brake on. Under-inflated tires can cut fuel economy by 2 percent per pound. A simple tire gauge can quickly tell you if you’re wasting gas because of under-inflated tires.
Potential savings: up to 3 percent a gallon.
• Oil and Filter Change
Clean oil reduces friction between moving parts in your engine, increasing fuel economy and reliability. Consumers should check their vehicle’s owner’s manual for the recommended oil and filter change schedule.
Potential savings: up to 2 percent a gallon.
• Locking Gas Caps
Locking gas caps can contribute to fuel economy by preventing theft. This will deter even the most determined thieves, who are unlikely to take the time needed to pry the neck from the tank.
Potential savings: Varies.
* Savings figures source: U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
All these fuel-saving products can be purchased at a NAPA AUTO PARTS Store or an ASE-certified automotive technician can replace them for you at a NAPA AutoCare Center. For more information about NAPA or any of these products, visit www.NAPAonline.com or www.NAPAAutoCare.com.