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Ways to Save on Gas

on 04/29/2013


With gas prices on the rise everyone wants to save as much as they can at the pump. Here are a few tips to help you save every penny you can every time you fill up:

 

~Fill up with lower-octane gasoline. Buy the lowest grade or octane fuel that is appropriate for your vehicle. There is no sense in paying for premium if it’s not required for your vehicle. The expensive premium fuel will not boost your car’s fuel economy or performance so there is no need to buy the expensive fuel.

 

~Don’t top off. When the nozzle clicks off there is no need for the extra little pump at the end. That fuel will just slop around or seep out. Then you’re paying for fuel you aren’t using.

 

~Tighten the gas cap. According to the Car Care Council loose, missing, or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year. The gas will evaporate if it has an escape so double check your caps after fueling.

 

~Park in the shade. The summer sun can make the inside of your car feel like a sauna. It also zaps the fuel from the tank. “If you let your car bake in the sun there’s going to be a greater amount of evaporative emissions that take place than if you park in the shade,” says Jim Kliesch, research associate at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and vehicle analyst for GreenerCars.com

 

~Use your garage. Parking in the garage will help keep your car cool in summer and warm in winter causing you to need your air conditioning and defrosters less saving on your gas mileage.

 

~Check your tire pressure. Driving on underinflated tires can cause you to lose up to 15 percent of your gas mileage and can cause your tires to wear down prematurely.

 

~Keep your engine in tune. Give your car regular needed tune ups and keep up with emissions. Worn spark plugs can reduce a car’s fuel efficiency by as much as 30 percent.

 

~Replace air filters. When your air filter gets clogged with dirt, bugs, and dust it can cause your engine to work harder lowering your gas mileage. It is good practice to have your air filter checked every oil change. 


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2007 BMW 335i - replace clutch & inspect alignment

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1999 GMC Sonoma- diagnostic testing, replace catalytic converter, replace rear brake pads and rotors

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1993 Honda Civic- synthetic oil change and 42 point safety inspection, replace outer tie rod ends, alignment

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Sycamore, IL - 1993 Honda Civic- synthetic oil change and 42 point safety inspection,  replace outer tie rod ends, alignment
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2006 Mazda 3 - battery service, front brake pads & rotors, replace spark plugs

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2007 Chevy Cobalt- synthetic blend oil change, 42 point safety inspection, tire rotation, replace serpentine belt, re-install left rear parking brake cable

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2002 GMC Sierra - Diagnostic testing, remove instrument cluster & repair corroded wires & reinstall

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2006 Honda Odyssey- oil change, 42 point safety inspection, replace rear wiper blade, tire rotation, re-secure right rear wheel speed sensor

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