A car is no small purchase, so you want to get the most out of it and extend its lifespan. One way to do this is by completing maintenance tasks that improve your vehicle’s performance. Some tasks need to be done more frequently than others, but here are a few that will help your car operate at peak efficiency.

Maintain tires

Having a reliable set of tires that are properly inflated can actually help you get better gas mileage. In addition, good tread is essential for the tires to grip the road and keep you from losing control in slippery conditions. You need new tires every few years, but getting them rotated and balanced every 5,000 or so miles will extend their life. And, make sure to check that they’re at the correct tire pressure once a month to prevent blowouts and uneven wear.

Replace engine air filter

When the engine air filter gets dirty and clogged, there’s a lack of air flowing to the engine, making it work harder and use up more fuel. A clean filter improves acceleration and overall engine performance, and it’s an inexpensive task that only needs to be done once or twice a year. If dirt and debris make their way to the engine, its components can get damaged, resulting in costly repairs or replacements.

Clean fuel injectors

If your vehicle is running poorly, your engine is misfiring, or you have a rough idle, your fuel injectors may be dirty. When dirty or clogged, they can really mess with your engine and car’s performance, including getting poor gas mileage. Getting them cleaned will get you back on the road in much better shape.

Lighten up the load

Although not a maintenance task, clearing out your car of unnecessary items can help your car operate better. A heavier car has more difficulty making turns and moving at a higher speed, so remove any items that aren’t essential. Increased weight means that your engine is working harder, and once again results in worse gas mileage.

Diagnostic scan

Sometimes, the decrease in efficiency isn’t that noticeable since it can be gradual. If you feel like something is off with your car but you don’t know what, or a dashboard warning light is illuminated, take your car to the service shop for a diagnostic scan. The mechanic will be able to find the issue and let you know what work needs to be done.

 

These are just a few examples of what can be done to improve your vehicle’s performance, but they can help immensely. If you’re not satisfied with how your vehicle is operating, bring it into Auto Works, and we’ll get it checked out.