BMW Tempe and Scottsdale Arizona independent mechanic, we know how important your BMW is to you. As a consumer, you are always looking for ways to save money, and with today’s high gas prices, everyone is looking for ways to increase their gas mileage. It can be as simple as following these car care tips.
Do not top off your tank. That extra gas usually evaporates or seeps out, so don’t waste money by filling your tank to the top with gas your car can’t use. When the automatic nozzle clicks off, you are done pumping.
Make sure your gas cap is tight. If the gas cap is loose, gas will evaporate from the tank. It may also trigger a warning light on your dashboard. If you notice your gas cap is damaged, replace it right away.
Park in the shade. The hot sun will make fuel from your gas tank evaporate at a much faster rate. Parking under a tree or in other shady areas can help keep this evaporative action in check. Using a windshield screen also helps keep the heat from inside your car.
Park in your garage at home. If you have a garage, use it. A garage keeps your car warmer in winter and cooler in summer, so you won’t have to use your air-conditioner or defroster as much, which can decrease your gas mileage.
Keep your tires inflated to the proper level. Tires with low pressure have more resistance to the road and lower gas mileage, as well as wearing out faster. Driving on under-inflated tires can reduce your gas mileage by up to 15 percent, and reduce the life of your tires by 15 percent or more. Be sure to check your tire pressure once a month when your tires are cold.
Keep your engine tuned up. A spark plug that is misfiring can reduce gas mileage by up to 30 percent.
Keep your air filter clean, especially in dusty areas. The air filter can get clogged with dirt or insects, and cause the engine to use more fuel as it works harder. A clean air filter could improve your car’s fuel economy by up to 10 percent. Usually, your air filter is checked at every oil change.
Follow maintenance recommendations outlined by the manufacturer. Your car was designed to run at optimum specifications. If it is neglected it won’t run as efficiently. By following recommendations, you can ensure your car is functioning at its best.
If you need service for your BMW in Tempe or Scottsdale just stop by or give us a call to schedule an appointment for your car.