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How to Improve Your Old Car’s Gas Mileage

Fuel Efficiency

Especially with how volatile gas prices have been lately, fuel efficiency is something drivers must consider each day. Fuel efficiency–also known as gas mileage–is often a selling point for new cars and a pain point for drivers of older vehicles. As engine design improves, car manufacturers are able to squeeze more and more out of the gas we put in our vehicles, so they take us farther on less fuel. But what if you drive an older vehicle, one that wasn’t designed with high fuel efficiency in mind? What can you do to improve the fuel efficiency of your older vehicle?

How to Improve Your Older Vehicle’s Fuel Efficiency

One way to start the process of improving your older vehicle’s fuel efficiency is to start using higher-quality gasoline and include additives like fuel injector cleaners to keep those engine components from gumming up. High-quality gasoline burns cleaner, giving you more bang for the buck. You may also want to replace your gas cap. You likely don’t think much about your gas cap unless you lose it or can’t get it to open, but your gas cap keeps the fuel system sealed and helps keep a tight seal on your gas tank. If you’re really serious about improving the fuel efficiency of your older vehicle, you might consider replacing parts of the vehicle with newer, more up-to-date parts. For example, changing your suspension system can improve gas mileage and your ride. You may even want to consider taking your vehicle to a certified repair shop like AutoStream Car Care Center in Ellicott City, MD to have the engine and transmission rebuilt. Taking care of auto repairs in a timely manner can sometimes help boost your car’s fuel efficiency as well.

Come Meet the Team

When you’re ready to improve the fuel efficiency of your older vehicle, bring it by AutoStream Car Care Center and have the team of certified technicians look it over. They’ll inspect the vehicle and diagnose any systems requiring repair before discussing their findings with you and getting your approval for the auto repairs they recommend. When they’ve completed the approved repairs, you’ll notice a change in the way the vehicle runs and your fuel efficiency. Depending on the maintenance and repair services you elect to have performed, your vehicle may feel like it rolled back the clock to a time when you got better gas mileage than you have recently.

Written by Doug Grills