Service Tips to Help the Environment

Six Ways Routine Maintenance Can Improve Fuel Efficiency:

  1. Getting a tune-up can improve gas mileage by 4% (and repairing a serious problem like a faulty oxygen sensor can improve mileage by as much as 40%)!  A well-tuned engine delivers the best balance of power and fuel economy and produces the lowest level of emissions.
  2. Replacing air filters can improve gas mileage by as much as 10% and provide more power to the engine.
  3. Checking the cooling system (thermostats, radiator caps, etc) can reduce emissions and improve efficiency by as much as 1-2 miles per gallon.
  4. Changing the oil can increase fuel efficiency of 1 mile per gallon!  Use premium motor oil and change your oil every 3000 miles. Use high mileage oil when appropriate.
  5. Checking tire pressure is important because under-inflated tires create rolling resistance, which means it takes more gas for your car to run properly.  The Car Care Council estimates that 2 billion gallons of gas could be saved each year if the tires on all Americans' cars were properly inflated. (For more information about extending the life of your tires, ask your service managers about nitrogen.)
  6. Checking the gas cap is another simple and effective way to increase fuel mileage and protect the environment.  The Car Care Council estimates that 17% of the vehicles on the road have loose, damaged or missing gas caps, which means that about 147 million gallons of gas vaporizes every year!