Save Money With Car Maintenance

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

As many of us get ready to hit the open road for that spring and summer vacation, there are some things you need to know to save money on gas.

Maintenance workers say in order to make the most out of your fuel, you should keep your car up-to-date according to your manufacture standards.

Of those ‘up-to-date’ things to keep check on, is one of the most over-looked; it’s the fuel injection service.

"We did a fuel injection the other day. They said they picked up three to four miles a gallon," says Jarrell Jordan, with Tuffy Auto Service Center.

"Carbon builds up on your valves; it gets this thick, barely see to the eye. It can have your valves sticking and can stop lubrication to the motor. Every bit of that can [affect] the gas mileage," explains Marshall Lawson, also with Tuffy Auto Service Center.

Workers at Tuffy's say the average car they see has about 95,000 miles on it.

With drivers holding onto their cars longer, it makes keeping vehicles properly maintained important for maximizing fuel.

"Saving money starts at the pump. When I stop to fill up my car with gas, I take the two minutes to walk around the car and check the tire pressure. Once you get past 5 PSI being off in each tire, you're starting to loose 10, 15, 20 cents at the pump. So, it's a quick and easy way to ensure your tires are inflated and you’re saving a bit of money," says Mike Caudill, a National Automotive expert.

Saving money and saving unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle.

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