Gas is $4 Per Gallon. How Your Gas Cap Can Save You $100 This Year!
According to the US Car Care Council estimates: 17% of vehicle gas caps are either damaged or missing allowing 147 million gallons of gasoline to vaporize every year. Is your vehicle one of the 17%? Most vehicles will activate the check engine light if the gas cap pressure is incorrect. Visit your local Tuffy Auto Service Center for more information.
The US Car Care Council then lists the SIX WORST OFFENDERS hindering fuel mileage:
| Under inflated tires and incorrect wheel alignment, conditions which increase rolling resistance. For example, driving with the parking brake not fully released can cost a mile or two per gallon on a car that normally delivers 20 miles per gallon.|
Dirty oil which can translate into a loss of a mile per gallon
A slipping automatic transmission leads to a loss of one mile per gallon
A cooling system thermostat that causes the engine to run too cold can cost you two miles per gallon
Finally, there could be a malfunction of one or more components in the fuel, ignition or emission control systems, especially critical in cold weather driving. The fuel penalty for just one misfiring spark plug is two or three miles per gallon.
"Combining all of these discrepancies into one vehicle, the cost of wasted fuel easily could exceed recent increases in pump prices.
Two Other Easy Gas Guzzling Tips:
- Dirty air filters - An air filter that is clogged with dirt and dust restricts the flow of air and creates a rich mixture meaning too much gas is being burned. This wastes gas and decreases engine power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by one to two miles per gallon.
- Empty your trunk - Every 100 pounds in your car decreases your mileage by one to two miles per gallon. Your owners manual is a great resource for keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape.
Do you know when you should have your fuel system serviced? Most manufacturers recommend that you have the fuel system cleaned every 24 months or 30,000 miles.
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Looking for ways to take the sting out of auto repair? Tuffy offers a variety of payment options. See your local Tuffy Auto Service Center store manager for details.
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