Spruce Grove Mechanic Shares 5 Ways to Lower Your Fuel Costs

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With gas prices at a premium, filling up is painful. This Spruce Grove mechanic has a few simple tips for making that liquid gold last a little bit longer.

When my family planted our flag on Alberta soil, gas prices were something to brag about to all of our Vancouver Island friends. At only $0.89 per litre, we could drive the 22km from Spruce Grove to West Edmonton Mall for $0.07/km or 3 dollars round trip. That same trip today (only five years later) costs nearly $7 bucks. Did I mention we drive a civic that boasts a decent fuel economy? Can you imagine the cost of a daily commute of 150km round trip in something slightly less economic such as a 2010 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon? Well, one of our excellent technicians was doing just that. Here are his top 5 tips from a Spruce Grove Mechanic for increasing fuel economy and saving dollars on your drive.

  1. 1. MAKE SURE YOUR TIRES ARE PROPERLY INFLATED
  2. 2. CLEAN YOUR ENGINE AIR FILTER
  3. 3. USE CLEAN, QUALITY FLUIDS
  4. 4. USE YOUR A/C AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE
  5. 5. STAY ON TOP OF VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS

In this 5 part series we will go over each of these tips and give you everything you need to either DIY yourself into a lower gas bill, or, if DIY isn’t your thing, to help you feel confident that EconoLube (your Spruce Grove Mechanic) is the best place for all of your vehicle needs.

Let’s get rolling with tires

The style of the tires you choose makes a big difference in fuel economy so next time you buy tires from us, ask us which ones are right for your vehicle AND your gas goals. But for now, let’s work with what you’ve got.

Why does tire inflation affect gas mileage? Without getting to sciency- it has to do with:

surface area

friction

balance

alignment

– responsiveness

and time spent in contact with the concrete.

When a tire is under-inflated the above action items are all increased, causing your vehicle to have to work harder to accomplish the goal of generating forward movement. 

A November 2012 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) effectiveness study revealed that every 1% decrease in tire pressure correlated to a 0.3% reduction in fuel economy. This may not seem like much, but imagine you were 10% underinflated- heck 5% (fun-fact: the avg is 7%), that would make your vehicle 1.5% (some estimate 2%) less fuel-efficient. That’s going to eat up your Spruce Grove Superstore gas savings pretty quickly, especially when added to the other items in our list.

So what can you do about it?

DIY SOLUTION:

  1. 1. Check your tire pressure regularly. If you don’t have one already, pick up a tire pressure gauge from Napa Auto in Spruce Grove for $6 and spend 5 minutes once a week and check that pressure.

  2. 2. If you discover your tires are low (follow these easy steps) to top them up yourself.

  3. 3. DO NOT over inflate your tires. This article by popular mechanics details why, but it resolves that there was no real benefit to the gas bill, but had some nasty effects on the ride:

“And we wouldn’t recommend anyone try this one at home either. The vehicle’s handling is compromised when the tires are over-inflated. At 45 psi, the ride was brittle. In fact, the tires were so stiff they nearly vibrated our garage-door opener right off the sun visor. Ouch. “

–Ben Stewart

THE ECONOLUBE SOLUTION:

Stop by either EconoLube location during our open hours and our Spruce Grove mechanic or technician will make sure your tires are properly inflated, COMPLETELY FREE, as often as you need.

Spruce Grove Mechanic

Spruce Grove Mechanic

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