Basic Car Maintenance to Improve Gas Mileage

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David Rizzo

Dr. Road Map, Dr. Road Map

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(714) 879-8521

David, DR. ROADMAP, Rizzo burst upon the traffic scene in late 1987 as the first person in Los Angeles to offer alternate routes to motorists who were sick and tired of being stuck in traffic. In 1990 he released to the world the most comprehensive guide ever written of off-freeway commuting in Southern California. Two years later he became the first traffic reporter to offer daily alternate routes in real time over the air on one of the most popular morning radio shows in Los Angeles. Dr. Roadmap continues to provide COMMUTE MANAGEMENT solutions with the 2006 release of his book, "Survive the Drive! How to Beat Freeway Traffic in Southern California."

Basic Car Maintenance to Improve Gas Mileage

Fuel economy expert David Rizzo discusses basic car maintenance to improve your gas mileage.

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David Rizzo: Hi, I am David Rizzo, better known as Dr. Roadmap and now we are going to discuss basic car maintenance to improve gas mileage.

Host:What basic car maintenance should I perform to improve to gas mileage?

David Rizzo: First of all get a tune up or make sure your car stays in tune. Now with modern cars they like say, oh you don't need a tune up for a 100,000 miles, that's not quite true. They are trying to sell cars, they are trying to sell cars with the claim that we don't have to do much, our car last forever. Wrong. If you are interested in gas mileage, keep it in a quite state of tune. One of things you can do is to have the spark plugs changed. They go out pretty quickly. After about 25,000 miles they loose efficiency. After about 75,000 miles you may want to change the spark plug wires. You seldom see that in the car maintenance schedule but I guarantee you those plug wires have a big effect on your engines efficiency to burn out gasoline thoroughly.

Other things you can do is when your oil, whether you do it yourself or you take it to a station, what you want to use is a Multi-grade oil not a Straight grade. For do it yourselfers with old cars, the temptation is to use a Straight grade like 30 Weight because it doesn't leak as much but that create internal friction with-in the engine. The engine has to work harder so you waste gas. So if you switch to a Multi-grade like 20-50, you can pick up 1.

5-2.

7% efficiency, engineers have it narrowed down that much.

Lastly you want to make sure that your tires are in alignment. If you have hit a bad pothole and you know it shakes your car or you run into a curve a little too hot, get your alignment checked because if those tires are toed-in in the front, your car is having to work harder and it will cost you in gas mileage.