Getting the Most Out of Your Fuel

Here we are already into our third month of 2018! It truly amazes me how time flies. As I stated in my last article, I am going to continue my informative fluids series. This month let’s talk fuel. We all want consistent or better fuel economy! I mean with gas prices seeming to always be on the rise, wouldn’t it be great to maximize the number of miles per gallon your car is getting? When I say fuel, many people just think about the gasoline that we fill out tanks with when needed, but there is sooooo much more to the fuel system than just gasoline.

Let’s start with why we should maintain our cars fuel system. Fuel system maintenance, well, any maintenance will help you see that every penny of return on your initial investment is realized. Maintenance will also extend the life of your car, and now days, that can be a lot further than what we think the average is. Fuel system maintenance is something that should be done annually on your vehicle and can produce some extremely significant benefits.

There is more to the fuel system than just the gas tank. Most fuel systems consist of Fuel injectors, fuel lines, fuel pump, throttle body, fuel filter or, depending on the age of your vehicle, a carburetor or fuel pump module.

When you have your regular maintenance services performed, your automotive technician will automatically visually inspect the tank area for any signs of damage that can potentially create a hazard. This is necessary due to the fact that most tanks have to weather the elements. Debris, dirt and airborne particles from our roads can pose a major problem to our fuel system every time we drive our vehicle. Taking your service one step further would be to have that annual service performed.

Every 15,000 miles or annually, a complete cleaning of your cars fuel system should be performed. During this service, your technician will inspect the fuel injectors and the air intake to be sure that everything is clean and that there are no obstructions. These two components are crucial to your fuel system because the combination of fuel and air generate your cars power. When the injectors and air intake are maintained properly your car will have or keep that like new get up and go. As part of your fuel system service your technician will flush out the fuel lines. Flushing out the fuel lines will see to it that residue build up does not occur. Residue build up can create problems that involve avoidable expenses. Those avoidable expenses that can create significant stress to a household’s budget and that of which those scary water cooler stories are made.

Like I said, we all want the biggest bang for our buck and fuel system maintenance will definitely help make that happen. A little bit of planning and setting up a routine maintenance schedule will not only extend the life of your car and keep it as high-performing as it was when it was brand new, it will help to reduce emissions and keep our air cleaner. That, my friend, is a win-win!