With gas prices rising like a flood tide, many drivers are looking for a way to get the highest possible fuel economy out of their vehicles. Though some find the answer in hybrid cars, and other new (expensive) technologies, there are also some good old basic auto maintenance fixes that can significantly increase your mileage. In this post we’ve listed three low-cost automotive parts that can be affordably checked and replaced to save you cash at the pumps.
1. Air FiltersA dirty air filter limits air flow to the engine, causing immediate drops in horsepower, performance, and gas mileage. Replacing an air filter is a cheap, effective way to ensure maximum fuel efficiency, so it is well worth replacing your filter once it is dirty enough to restrict air flow. The right time to replace an air filter varies by how much you drive and the quality of air you are driving in. Replacement suggestions very, but it is generally recomended that drivers replace air filters every 15,000 miles to 30,000 miles and you can sometimes check your driver’s manual for advice.
If you use K&N air filters, you can actually purchase “recharging” kits to clean your air filter back to peak performance instead of buying a new one.