Andrew Jackson with Young Chevrolet has some simple tips to get the best gas mileage possible.
Gas Mileage Tips:
1. Tire Pressure – 20 years ago every time you filled your gas tank, you checked tire pressure and Oil. Now if you see someone doing this you would think they are having mechanical problems; however, knowing that your tires are filled to the right tire pressure can give you more miles to the gallon.
2. Clean Air Filter – Many people don’t even think of looking at their air filter when they change their oil; however, it is crucial to keep your engine running clean and smooth. When you run an engine with a dirty air filter it is like trying to run with a mask over your face, you have to work that much harder just to get a good breath of air. Keeping your Air Filter clean will help your engine breathe easy and help it perform better.
3. Take Out the Extra Weight – Many people ride around with a bunch of extra stuff in their trunk or the back of their vehicle. All of this extra stuff is just added weight, so a lot of times the best way to get a little more mileage out of your tank of gas to take out that extra stuff.
What are a couple of things to look out for to make sure your vehicle is maintained and safe to drive?
The 3 Most Neglected Things:
1. Alignment – Your alignment is how your steering and tires line up. When your vehicle is out of alignment it will pull toward one direction or when driving straight down the road your steering wheel will be leaning to one side or the other. When this is noticed you need an alignment as soon as possible both for safety and to help extend the life of the vehicle and tires.
2. Brakes – When it comes to safety, brakes are the number one thing to look at. You should check for noise, vibration or pulling when braking. When you hear a squealing noise many times it is because your brake pads are worn down. When you are braking and you feel a vibration in the steering wheel or in the pedal this could be that your rotors have warped and they need to be looked at. Lastly, when you brake and your vehicle pulls to either the left or right this can mean that one side of your vehicles brakes are not functioning properly and need to be looked at.
3. Windshield Wipers – The funny thing about windshield wipers is that people don’t realize they are worn out until it’s raining and they need them. Occasionally check your windshield wipers to make sure the blade isn’t falling off or bent back. This will save you a dangerous rainy drive.
If you are having any issues with your vehicle that you’re not sure about, we would be more than happy to take a look at it for free at Young Chevrolet in Layton.
Check out Youngchev.com to schedule your appointment no matter the make or model of the vehicle.