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Fuel Saving Products & Fuel Saving Tips
4 Wheel Parts wants to make saving gas and improving performance easier for you.
Check out our extensive lineup of fuel-saving products from big name brands, and also check out our latest gas-saving tips to learn how to get the most out of each tank.
10 Fuel Saving Tips
As America’s love affair with 4x4 vehicles returns, everyone will be looking for ways to save gas.
4 Wheel Parts has the inside scoop on how you can improve your fuel economy with a number of simple, easy-to-do tasks that can add up to a significant amount of gas savings.
1. Check Tire Pressure
Under-inflated tires are one of the most common reasons for lower gas mileage since it increases a tire’s rolling resistance, among other factors.
Keep a close eye on your tire pressure at all times to prevent problems and get the best fuel economy. Or better yet, try nitrogen gas tire service or invest in a portable air compressor.
2. Check and Clean Air Filter
An air filter keeps harmful dirt and debris from entering your engine chamber, but over time the grime on the filter builds up, restricting airflow and hurting gas mileage.
Check your air filter roughly ever other oil change to make sure it’s in top-performing condition. Also look into custom air filter units or complete air intake systems for a premium upgrade.
3. Check Tire Alignment & Balance
A vehicle with uneven tire balancing runs crooked, effectively forcing your vehicle to work harder and also reducing the aerodynamics of your ride.
Make sure to get an alignment and balance check from time to time, and also be wary of any steering pull while driving. Fix any alignment or balance issues immediately.
4. Keep Engine Tuned
A clean, properly running engine will keep your vehicle at its best well into 6 figures, and being on time with tune ups and general maintenance will reward you over the long run.
Perform regular tune-ups and have your engine components checked. Clean-burning gasoline is always a plus. Try a Fitch Fuel Catalyst for a huge engine and gas mileage boost.
5. Perform Regular Oil Changes
Many overlook the importance of regular oil changes, but oil changes are actually the single most important maintenance procedure for improving long term gas mileage and vehicle longevity.
Engine buildup over time is one of the leading causes of engine failure for older vehicles. Regular oil changes ensure that your oil stays fresh and your engine stays clean.
6. Remove Excess Weight
Got a winch attached to the front of your vehicle? Toting around a lot of cargo from that little off-road expedition you took a few months back?
Shed the pounds and watch your gas mileage numbers increase immediately. More weight means your engine is working harder so remove or take out anything that’s weighing you down.
7. Accelerate/Decelerate Gradually
The way you drive can have just as much of an effect on your fuel economy as what your drive. You’d be surprised how much gas the occasional peel-out drinks up.
Particularly in streets with a lot of stoplights, gradual acceleration or deceleration can save a lot of gas. This doesn’t mean you have to drive slow, but take your time getting to your target speed.
8. Use AC in Moderation
Air Conditioning is operated by a vehicle engine’s drive belt. When you turn on the cool air the drive belt works harder to operate the unit while propelling your vehicle.
As a rule, the harder your engine has to work, the more gas you will burn. Using your air conditioning in moderation will noticeably improve gas mileage on each tank.
9. Avoid Unnecessary Idling
You don’t have to turn off your engine every stoplight, but leaving your vehicle idling for an extended period of time slowly eats up gas.
Some people believe in “warming up” a vehicle. True, a warmer engine will reach peak engine performance quicker, but driving conservatively after startup produces the same effect.
10. Park in the Shade
Parking in the shade helps to keep your vehicle cooler, thus allowing you to use less air conditioning when it’s time to drive. A shady parking spot can also prevent gas evaporation.
It’s also a good idea to invest in a sun shade for your windshield. Not only will this reduce the heat inside your vehicle, but it will also protect your interior components.
Also check out our in-depth Gas-Saving Guide for 4x4 and Off-Road Enthusiasts.