Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and other government agencies have websites dedicated to helping drivers use less fuel. They present the cost savings in a way we can all relate to, no matter what kind of vehicle we drive. Here’s an example from one site:
Having your engine properly tuned, can save up to 4%.
Replacing a faulty oxygen sensor can improve fuel economy by up to forty percent.
Chances are that if your oxygen sensor is kaput, your check engine light will come on. Now, there’s any number of things that could cause your check engine light to come on besides oxygen sensor problems. But if it’s on, it’s vital to get it checked out as soon as you can.
Here’s an easy one. Inflate your tires to the recommended pressure. That could save drivers three percent of fuel costs. Even a little drop in pressure will hurt fuel economy, so check your tires every week.
Your car maker has recommended a specific weight of motor oil. The recommendation is based on engine design and will give you the best protection. Using a heavier weight could cost one to two percent in reduced fuel economy.
Here are some free fuel saving tips: Don’t drive aggressively, drive within the speed limit and remove excess weight (junk in the trunk) from your vehicle. These can add up to a dollar or more per liter.
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