Gas prices are at an all-time high, and you want your car to get as close as possible to the manufacturer estimated gas mileage figures. Your car needs attention if it is not getting quite the miles-per-gallon it should be, or its fuel economy has reduced significantly.

Causes of Poor Fuel Economy

Low tire pressure is one of the most prevalent causes of poor fuel economy, and it is thankfully a simple fix. For every other fill-up, we recommend checking the air pressure in all of your tires (including the spare). Keep a tire gauge in your car and check the pressure while filling up your gas tank.

Your oxygen sensor could also be the source of the problem. If it fails, it might reduce your car’s fuel efficiency by 20%. Because a filthy or clogged air filter can cause the same problems, make sure to replace it at the specified mileage intervals.

Clogged fuel injectors can reduce fuel efficiency. The fuel injectors and spark plugs work together to ignite the fuel in your engine. Your fuel economy will suffer if you don’t change your spark plugs regularly. Spark plugs should be changed every 30,000 to 100,000 miles. This service is dependent on the make, model, and year of your car. Motor oil that is dirty or old might also be a problem. Your vehicle will run more efficiently if you maintain it regularly.

How You Can Help the Situation

You can also inadvertently impair your fuel efficiency. Operating your air conditioning during summer will reduce your fuel economy. If you are driving slowly, roll down your windows.

Driving at a slower speed saves you money on gas. Do not press the gas pedal to the floor, slam on the brakes, and repeat. This action decreases your fuel efficiency as well. Maintain a calm demeanor behind the wheel and be kind to your vehicle.

We recommend you bring your car in for a tune-up every two years for its first 60,000 miles and every year after that. Get your next tune-up done at A1 Performance Auto Repair. We would ensure that this is done professionally by offering you world-class services. Give us a call and be glad you did.

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