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Gas Mileage Problems


Gas tank going from F to E to fast!?
Here’s 3 Reasons why your not getting terrible gas mileage

Today’s modern vehicles are getting much better. With more effective and economical gas mileage than ever before. As each new model becomes available, with more innovative and sophisticated systems, mileage is ever increasing.

Gas prices constantly fluctuate and when they’re at a low point, often drivers concern about their gas mileage gets moved to the back of their thought process

It’s easy to fall into a false sense of security as gas prices are low and mileage is still pretty good, there's no cause for concern. However, many are still not getting the best mileage possible. Old car fuel pumps can make a real hit on your pocket and more importantly, decreasing gas mileage may be a warning sign of more serious trouble for you and your vehicle.

“Old gas pumps can make a real hit on your pocket”. What to Look For With all of the combinations of displays available on today’s dashboards, keeping track of your gas mileage is relatively straightforward.

Many instrument displays will cleverly automatically calculate it for you simply at the push of a button. A display that continuously shows your gas mileage in real-time is a great help in improving your driving habits to maximize your mileage. If you’re noticing a decrease in your gas mileage, it may only be a single issue or combination of automotive issues that are causing the low mileage.

Let’s take a look below at 3 situations to be aware of, in diagnosing why your car seems to be guzzling has more than usual. Issues with Tires The first thing that can lead to a sudden loss of fuel efficiency that we will look at is issues with your tires. The main thing with tires is that they need to be at the proper pressure. This is because if they’re low on pressure, then your car will behave in a sluggish manner, which causes the engine to work harder. The car is harder to move when tire pressure is low because the wheels won’t be fully round and pressurized to optimum pressure.

Tire pressure is an easy problem to check for and solve though. All you need is a cheap tire pressure gauge, and you can effectively measure the pressure.

If the pressure reads lower than the amount stamped onto your driver side door, then you need to add air which is a relatively easy process to do. However, If you discover that your tire pressure is sufficient, it could still be an issue with your tires. If the tires are not aligned correctly then they are considered “off-balance”, this can then also make your car harder to move. The way you can check for misaligned tires without taking the car into a repair shop is to simply let go of the wheel briefly when driving - and we mean briefly!

On a flat surface, the car should stay straight. If it begins to pull to one side, It could mean you have an alignment or balance issue. One last way to check is to look at the tires and see if the tread is wearing evenly. if parts of the tire look more worn than others, then you will need to have your tires rotated and aligned.

“If you discover that your tire pressure is sufficient, it could still be an issue with your tires”.

Low Oil Level Another important issue that could lead to low gas mileage, is low or old oil. This is because oil helps lubricate the engine and if you don’t have enough of it in your vehicle, or it’s old oil and not doing its job then the engine will again have to work harder, and it is getting wear and tear. At any time the engine has to work harder, it will burn more gas. To prevent this, make sure to change your oil regularly and check it regularly too.

Most vehicles have a dipstick under the hood, and all you do is pull it out and look at it to make sure the oil is at the right spot. It’s a good idea to do this twice and wipe it off with a towel between each time to make sure you’re getting an accurate reading.

“At any time the engine has to work harder, it will burn more gas. To prevent this make sure to change and check your oil regularly”.

Clogged Fuel Injectors or Air Filter If there is a too rich fuel mixture in your engine it can lead to your car burning more gas than normal and creating a problem with your overall gas consumption. Equally, as a dirty air filter gives a false reading, a clogged fuel injector can also lead to the same problem. You might experience it firing twice if the sensor is giving an incorrect reading of the gas levels in the cylinder. This combined with a dirty air filter can lead to false reading and increase your fuel consumption

A dirty fuel injector might also stay open, leading to more gas coming out. It’s important to replace your air filter when it gets dirty and also to clean your fuel injectors on occasion too, to make sure they stay working efficiently.

“It is important to replace your air filter when it gets dirty and also to clean your fuel injectors on occasion to make sure they stay working efficiently”.

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