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How to Improve Your Car’s Fuel Economy with Vehicle Maintenance

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Staying on top of your car’s maintenance schedule is key to ensuring that it continues to operate at its peak. Although, keeping up with your regular service also helps improve your car’s fuel economy. Keep reading with the service experts at Wolfchase Nissan to learn how to improve your car’s fuel economy with vehicle maintenance and better driving habits. Then, if you have any questions, you can always reach out to our Arlington-area service center for guidance! 

Ways to Boost Your Gas Mileage With Routine Service

Keep Your Tires Properly Inflated 

The lifespan of your tires can be negatively impacted when they’re under-inflated or over-inflated. Tires that aren’t properly inflated also have negative effects on your car’s fuel economy. You can order a digital pressure gauge online to check your tire’s pressure. If the pressure is low, be sure to fill it to the recommended pressure–which can be found in your owner’s manual. 

Replace the Spark Plugs

Spark plugs that are severely worn can result in a misfire or incomplete combustion, which wastes fuel. Changing spark plugs allows your engine to run cleaner and optimize your fuel economy.

Replace the Air Filter 

When you get your car’s oil changed, the air filter will usually be replaced at the same time. Having a clean air filter is important because once it gets dirty, it can affect your fuel economy and your car’s ability to accelerate.

Properly Align Your Tires

If your tires aren’t aligned, they’re more likely to undergo frequent wear and tear. To check the alignment of your tires, you can use a tire tread depth. If one side of the tire is more worn than the other, they’ll need to be aligned. 

Used a Higher Grade of Motor Oil

Your vehicle’s fuel economy can increase anywhere from 1%-2% when you upgrade the manufacturer’s recommended oil. In addition to switching to a higher quality brand of oil, you also want to make sure that the oil had the proper viscosity for the exterior temperature. 

Fuel-Efficient Driving Habits 

As you can see, there are several ways to improve your fuel economy using basic maintenance. However, you can further increase your vehicle’s mpg ratings with more efficient driving habits. These habits include:

  • Coasting to a stop rather, then pressing forcefully on the brakes 
  • Scheduling your commute to avoid traffic 
  • Driving at a moderate speed (between 55 and 65 mph)
  • Limiting your use of the AC by using the recirculate function instead 

Turn to Wolfchase Nissan for More Helpful Tips 

You now know how to improve your fuel economy with vehicle maintenance and more efficient driving! Be sure to check out more of our helpful service tips and tricks where you can learn how often your tires should be rotated, what happens if you don’t change your oil, and so much more! If you have any additional questions about how to optimize your fuel economy, give us a call at 800-721-9279! 


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