Spring Into Vehicle Maintenance
Spring is the perfect time of year to make sure your vehicle is ready for the upcoming travel season.
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Record Gas Prices Make it Perfect Time to “Be Car Care Aware”
With gas prices reaching close to a dollar a litre in some pats of the country, Car Care Canada is offering gas saving maintenance and driving tips that really work.
“Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gasoline is wasted every day by motorists, because simple and inexpensive vehicle maintenance is neglected,” says Car Care Canada’s Marc Brazeau. “Loose or missing gas caps, under-inflated tires, worn spark plugs and dirty air filters all contribute to poor fuel economy.”
Car Care Canada offers these fuel-saving tips:
- Vehicle gas caps – In Canada, the provinces with emissions testing programs suggest that this is a common cause for failing an emissions test – yet it is simple and inexpensive to fix. According to US studies, about 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether.
- Under inflated tires – When tires aren’t inflated properly it’s like driving with the parking brake.
- Worn spark plugs – A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,500 km, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.
- Dirty air filters – An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture – too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.
Other fuel-saving driving tips include:
- Don’t be an aggressive driver – Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 2 to 15 cents per litre.
- Avoid excessive idling – Sitting idle gets zero miles per litre. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.
- Observe the speed limit – Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 100kph. Each kph driven over 100 will result in an additional 3 cents per litre. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.
Not only will maintaining your vehicle save you money, it will also help you to protect the environment by reducing emissions.
Read more at www.carcarecanada.ca.
The goal of Car Care Month is to build awareness and knowledge to prepare motorists to make sensible decisions about their vehicles.
Reversing unperformed maintenance will conserve energy, improve highway safety and benefit the environment.
Tips on Preparing for Summer
Car Care Canada offers tips to prepare for summer, to keep your vehicle dependable and safe, to protect the environment and to enhance and maintain your vehicle investment.
Conduct regular maintenance – follow a scheduled maintenance plan.
- Replace worn out parts, such as belts and hoses, before they break.
- Be sure to check all of the fluids (Brake, Coolant /Anti-Freeze, Power Steering, Transmission, Washer fluid) in your car, not just the oil and gas.
- Hot weather is the true culprit behind car-battery trouble – it actually shortens battery life. Summer is the season for major car-battery problems.
- Hot summer weather can be tough on a vehicle, even if you have your vehicle serviced regularly, be sure to have it inspected before a major road trip, and be sure to tell your technician your travel plans (in the mountains, towing a trailer, thousands of kilometres.)
- Clean your vehicle regularly and tend to nicks and chips immediately.
- Learn more and read tips on “Getting Ready for Summer” at Be Car Care Aware – Get Ready for Summer!