Maintaining your car or truck will make it more fuel efficient. That means it uses less fuel, and you save money. When we think of things that rob us of fuel economy, we can think of them in two ways: increased friction and inefficient fuel combustion.
Friction: Anything that increases friction increases drag or load on the engine. The engine has to work harder to overcome the drag, which takes more fuel. The first thing that comes to mind is engine oil. Low oil means there’s not enough to fully lubricate the engine, so there’s more friction. The wrong viscosity and grade of oil can also adversely affect fuel economy. Dirty oil won’t lubricate as well as clean oil. The same principles apply to transmission fluid. Getting your oil and fluids changed and your car serviced regularly will help maintain optimal fuel efficiency.
Inefficient fuel combustion: This happens when fuel isn’t burning completely in the engine. It’s also affected by factors like spark plugs, air filters, and fuel injectors. When these things aren’t working properly, it can lead to poor fuel economy. So it’s important to get your car serviced regularly to keep everything running smoothly. By following these simple tips, you can help improve your car’s fuel efficiency and save money in the long run.