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Want to get 200K miles out of your car? Tips to help
Sticking with the topic of motor oil, proper lubrication is tantamount to an engine’s health, so you need to regularly replace your engine oil and oil filter. Frequent oil changes can prevent the buildup of harmful deposits that rob fuel economy and power, as well as make internal components work harder. Keeping your vehicle’s fluids new and clean is priority No. 1 when it comes to making sure your car hangs around for a long while.
You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by three tenths of a percent for every 1 pounds per square inch drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner’s manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall.
Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4 percent, though results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done.
Replacing a clogged air filter on cars with fuel-injected, computer-controlled gasoline engines does not improve fuel economy but it can improve acceleration time by around 6 to 11 percent, according to a study prepared for the Department of Energy. This kind of engine is prevalent on most gasoline cars manufactured from the early 1980s onward.