One of the best things you can do for your vehicles general health and efficiency is a tune up. Phoenix seems to be getting bigger every day, and that means that gas prices will continue to rise as the demand for fuel increases. One way to combat this war on your wallet is to make sure that your car is making the most out of every gallon of fuel it uses by getting an engine tune up.
A car tune up can make all the difference when making an effort to stretch your budget and make every dollar count. . For the most part, most fuel efficiency issues will be brought to your attention with an illuminated check engine light, but making sure these issues never arise is really the key to maximizing your miles per gallon.
Because of the advances in technology, huge steps have been taken in narrowing fuel economy down to a science that is executed by the vehicles computer. An auto tune up will help preserve the sensors which control how your engine operates, and maintain your vehicles fuel efficiency.
- Oxygen Sensor – Most drivers don’t see this as an important repair because it doesn’t directly affect the drivability of their vehicle. But if you are looking to avoid regular stops at the pump then a functioning oxygen sensor is absolutely necessary. In fact, a faulty O2 sensor can account for up to a 40% loss in fuel efficiency.
- Mass air flow sensor – this interesting little piece of technology is directly linked to how your engine will adjusts the fuel/air mixture that your engine uses to combust. One of the most common failures is that the actual sensor portion of this becomes contaminated and delivers a faulty report that your engine is receiving less air than normal. This in turn means the engine will deliver less fuel per combustion. The end result can be a poor idle, low power or even stalling. Unfortunately a faulty Mass Air Flow sensor usually does not activate the Check Engine Light, but it can waste 10 to 25% of your gas.
- Catalytic Converter – the necessity to replace a catalytic converter is generally caused by a deeper issue. If your catalytic converter has failed, time needs to be taken to determine the underlying cause of the issue or the new one will fail and you’ll find yourself back at square one. However, you will want to act quickly because the catalytic converter can account for a 20% decrease in gas mileage.
- Fuel Injectors – If your fuel injectors become dirty or clogged, the proper mix between air and fuel can be compromised, worse yet, you may get an engine misfire in one or multiple cylinders. Replacing your fuel injectors can not only make your fuel stretch farther, but has an effect on the smooth operation of the combustion cycle and protects the catalytic converter from being harmed by exposure to unburned fuel.
Making an investment in your vehicles fuel economy can have significant returns over the course of time. Many of us are essentially required to make significant commutes on a day to day basis, but what we can do is make our dollar stretch a little further by improving the usefulness of the gas we purchase. Call to schedule an appointment today and travel further, spending less.