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Saving Money

  • Check your tires for proper pressure. Properly inflated tires help with gas mileage, and reduce the irregular wear. You can save 3 miles per gallon of gas, which means for a 15 gal tank, you get an extra 45 miles. Ask your technician or check the owner's manual for the appropriate pressure. For a nominal fee, Felsing's has a drive up service where we can do this for you.  
  • Do your LOF (oil change) every 3,000 miles (approximately every 3 months). Oil plays a very large part in the health of your vehicle. If possible, monitor your oil and use the grade of motor oil that is recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Change your filters. Sometimes done in a LOF or a tune up, a dirty filter wastes gas and makes the engine run less efficiently. Replacing a dirty filter can improve gas mileage by 10%, saving about 15 cents per gallon.
  • Get a timely tune up done. Your technician will check spark plugs, fuel filters, ignition wires, and PCV valve. A good rule of thumb is 30-60,000 miles.  
  • Go the speed limit. Only going 55-60 mph can help conserve fuel. Over 60 mph, the gas mileage decreases rapidly. It could cost you as much as 10 cents extra per mpg over 60! Use the cruise control to avoid the temptation.
  • Reduce the extra weight in your car or truck. Heavy items (who needs sand bags in July?) can especially reduce your fuel efficiency. An extra hundred pounds can cut efficiency by a percent or two.
  • Avoid stop and go traffic as much as possible. Try to travel at off-peak times or take a different route. Also, being an aggressive driver (speeding, rapid acceleration, and braking) can reduce your fuel efficiency.
  • Avoid idling a car for more than a minute as it wastes gas and money. It is cheaper to restart the engine.
  • Try to carpool and condense errands. Both of these methods save money, gas, time, and the environment.
  • Have a budget. Putting money away every month for your car will helps for the healthy checkups (LOF) and if the big expenses come. ($10-15 a month should be sufficient in most cases)
  • Maintain or develop a relationship with your automotive technicians. The more proactive you are about the health of your car, the more money you can save. 

Keep a maintenance log. This will help you and the technician working on your car.