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Small Things to Maintain Your Car Properly

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Properly maintaining a car can be expensive with the cost of fuel, mechanic services, and tire and more. Here are some tips and ideas that you can find the best available gas prices and make your cars more fuel efficient or less expensive.

1. Clean Air Filter

The air filter must be clean in order for a vehicle to run at peak efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy claims that replacing a dirty air filter can improve fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent. If you choose a permanent filter, you can clean and reuse it instead of having a new one.

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2. Measure the tires' inflation

Properly inflated tires are another key to getting better gas mileage. A tire gauge is easily a best fuel saver product because it allows you to get a reading quickly. Measure the tires' inflation when the vehicle has not been driven in at least three hours; driving increases pressure inside the tire. Check your car's owner's manual for suggested inflation levels.

Some professionals recommend low resistance tires but this option is questionable for me to use in New York City. They are not so good to use in areas with rougher roads and weather extremes.

fuel system cleaner

3. Use fuel system cleaner

The best fuel system cleaner can improve performance and fuel efficiency. Using a bottle of cleaner may seem like a small thing, but doing so can produce great rewards in keeping your car in top form.

4. Synthetic Oil

Using a synthetic oil can increase your gas mileage by 2 to 5 percent. You can also go longer without oil changes, thereby saving money on the cost of new oil and mechanic fees.

5. Gas Apps

I got an app which make it easy to research the pricing on gas to find the best deals which is called GasBuddy. It is available for free on both iOS and Android platforms.

I regularly use 3 gas stations around my place but have never thought which is the cheapest. I just stop by my convenience. But while using this app, I always check which one is best. Also you can just look for gas station when you are traveling in unfamiliar places.


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