Last month, I told you guys about a study conducted by General Motors where two of their fuel economy engineers, Ann Wenzlick and Beth Nunning, drove identical Chevrolet Cruze LTs. From their study, we gained a little insight to what mistakes we as drivers make that hurt our overall mpg and also some tips on how to save a little this summer on gasoline. But did you also know that regular maintenance can save you significant amounts of dough in the long run?
In the details of that same study, General Motors provided five maintenance tips for Chevrolet drivers that will save them down the road.
1. Tires. Make them last. Properly inflated tires will improve your fuel economy, and they will last longer. Also rotate tires at manufacturer-recommended intervals.
2. Oil. Always use the recommended grade of motor oil. Motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the performance symbol of the American Petroleum Institute contains friction-reducing additives that can improve fuel economy.
3. Octane. Check your owner’s manual for the most effective octane level for your car. For most cars, the recommended gasoline is regular octane. In most cases, using a higher-than-recommended octane gas offers no benefit – and costs more.
4. Batteries. They can make or break you. Check battery life, replace or charge your current battery and make sure battery cables are free of corrosion. Many breakdowns occur because batteries aren’t delivering full cranking power.
5. Tune-Ups. Get regular engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks. According to the EPA, tune-ups improve performance as well as gas mileage. Check your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance schedules and follow them. This will avoid fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, or the transmission failing to go into high gear.
Keep on this list Dallas Ft Worth, and you’ll be sure to get a long and happy life out of your new Chevrolet car or truck.
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.