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Helpful Tips For Better Gas Mileage - 5 Fuel Saving Tips

Updated on May 9, 2011

Gas Mileage

These days everyone wants to save money anyway they can, especially when it comes to gas.

People talk about many ways to get better gas mileage, but here's a few that actually work.

This is how I save a little extra money at the pump!

Regular Oil Changes

To start with, you should have your oil changed regularly. Usually your oil should be changed every 3,000 miles.

An oil change is a cheap way to help improve gas mileage. A standard oil change should only cost about $20.00 or you can do it yourself.

When choosing an oil you should use a high grade, expensive, oil. The better lubricated your engine is the easier/better it will work which means better mpg.

If your engine has a lot of miles you should use a high mileage oil. These are made specifically for high mileage engines and will take your mileage to the max.

You may also want to invest in a synthetic oil, they last longer and are tougher against engine wear.

Regularly Clean Fuel Injectors Or Carburetor

The next step in saving gasoline is to clean your fuel injectors or carburetor.

Older engines may have a carburetor, but most newer engines will have fuel injectors. If you don't know which you have you should research online or ask a mechanic.

To clean your injectors/carb you can simply purchase a bottle of fuel injector cleaner or carburetor cleaner at your local automotive shop and pour it into your gas tank. You should add a bottle of injector/carb cleaner on your next fill up.

This will help clean your fuel injectors or carburetor which will improve your overall mileage.

Windows Down AC Off

One of the best ways to improve your gas mileage is to turn off your AC.

It's been proven, driving with the windows down and the AC off can dramatically increase your MPG.

Even just cracking the windows is better, as long as you aren't running the air conditioning.

This is one of the best, and easiest, ways to improve your gas mileage.

Cold Air Intake

If you want to save some green at the pump and don't mind forking out a small amount of cash you may want to invest in a cold air intake.

You can find cold air intakes for any vehicle. Usually you can purchase these for under $100.00 sometimes under $50.00

This is a small price to pay for a 5 to 10+ MPG increase!

A cold air intake, does just what you would think. It takes in cold air! It pulls cold air, usually from under the vehicle, into the engine which changes the ratio of gas to air.

In other words the engine does not need as much gas as compared to when it sucks in hot air from under the hood!

Hydrogen Cell

Another, more expensive, investment to look into is a hydrogen cell.

A hydrogen cell produces hydrogen that mixes with the gasoline and air and, once again, changes the gas to air ratio.

Hydrogen is a fuel as well, but it is free(after you buy a hydrogen cell at least), so it's like you are running your car on gas AND hydrogen so as you can guess you don't need as much gas!

Hydrogen cells can be found online and they are usually easy to install and can be done by almost anyone.

Prices range but you should be able to find a good quality hydrogen cell for somewhere between $100.00 and $200.00.

The price is worth it! Your mileage can improve to almost twice as much with a hydrogen cell.

Overview

These 5 gas-saving tips should help you improve your vehicle's gas mileage.

There are some free ways to improve gas mileage, but usually you will have to invest at least a small amount of money. The cost to improve your MPG is worth it in the end.

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      tony 

      6 years ago

      uhmm i would think the air temp is the same if you notice factory and after market intake goes the same place under the hood and same laction so aka cooler intake to me breathes better that's it......

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      william 

      7 years ago

      sbyholm

      it is comparing the air from out side the car to air inside the engine conpartment

      there for the air is cool

      a intercooler is not going to cool the air down since the air cooling it is at the same tempature

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      Scott 

      8 years ago

      Cold air intakes DO NOT take in cold air, it's just a marketing tool. They do however increase gas mileage, and are easy to install. If you want a product to cool the air entering your vehicle, use an intercooler.

    • sbyholm profile image

      sbyholm 

      8 years ago from Finland

      I have yet to see someone prove that a hydrogen kit helps mileage. Where's the test results?

      Just keeping the speed limit and making sure the tires are properly inflated will improve fuel economy for most people.

    • Autoaficianado profile image

      Autoaficianado 

      8 years ago from California

      These are all great tips that will surely help you conserve gas. Another tip is to keep your RPMs relatively low. In other words, don't accelerate too quickly from an idle position, for this eats more gas than moderately accelerating from a stop.

    • Ding.A.Ling123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ding.A.Ling123 

      9 years ago

      It's very safe seeing as there is never any hydrogen stored in your car.

      If you were to put a hydrogen bottle in your car that would be very unsafe.

      But a hydrogen cell only creates hydrogen while the engine is running, so you don't have any gases stored in your car when parked, as opposed to having gasoline in your car at all times.

      Thanks for the question.

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      Raj P 

      9 years ago

      How safe is it to install a hydrogen cell to your car?

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