How to Improve Gas Mileage this Summer


We may be heading into the second half of summer, but that doesn't mean road trip season is over! Before you hit the highway make sure you car is ready for the task by performing a few simple checks and procedures. These tips to improve MPGs will save you time and money at the pump so you can spend more hours at the beach!

Replace Old Spark Plugs

Spark plugs use gasoline to create a small explosion that generates the force to move pistons. A spark plug fires millions of times for every 1,000 miles traveled and if they are dirty, corroded or gapped incorrectly the spark plug can misfire. Misfires are a huge waste of fuel and spark plugs only cost a few dollars each!

Don't Leave your Car Idling!

In the days of carburetors cars needed to be primed with gas in order to fire. This led to a belief that starting your car was a big waste of gas so people would leave their cars running while they ran quick errands instead of shutting them off. These days cars don't require this extra spurt of fuel and should fire right away, meaning turn your car off! Also, if your car takes more than a few minutes to warm up and be ready for the road, then there is a bigger problem at hand.

Inflate your Tires

Tires are designed to be filled with a certain amount of air for maximum performance. If they are over inflated they could pop. If they are under inflated it means the engine has to work harder to turn the soft rubber. Ask your local auto mechanic what the proper air pressure for your tire is so that you don't lose up to 2 MPGs!

Replace your Air Filter

Your car uses a mix of air and gas to run properly. If it doesn't get enough air due to a clogged air filter then it will burn more gasoline to compensate. This is obviously a waste of gasoline that could be easily avoided.

As you prepare your car for a long journey take it to a local repair to have them look over it complete and maintenance and tune up services it needs to ensure you can make it to where you're going and back home. For professional auto maintenance in Portland bring your vehicle to A1 Automotive. Our ASE certified mechanics can complete any service or repair necessary on your domestic or Asian automobile and we conduct fleet vehicle maintenance. Call A1 at (503) 616-5479 to schedule an appointment for expert auto repair in Portland today!

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Written By Brian Corey

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