Though it is undeniable that avenues such as online classic car auction have made it easier for people to get their hands on their dream machines, maintaining one is usually as expensive as buying one. Unless you pay proper attention towards its maintenance, you end spending a significant amount on fuel and repair expenses. Poor vehicle maintenance not only reduces fuel economy but also impacts the automobile’s lifespan. So, to help ensure you get the most out of your investment in classic car auction, we present some simple tips to improve the fuel economy and life span of your prized possession. Read on.
Keep a check on the tire pressure
Both under-inflated and over-inflated tires are less safe, wear-out soon and decrease fuel economy. Low pressure tires increase the friction on the road and make the engine work hard. This results in a loss of 4-10% fuel for a low pressure of 10-20 pounds. Too much pressure can also jeopardize your tire’s grip and handling.
When there is a change in weather, you need to be more conscious of the fact that for every 10°F drop in temperature, each tire loses one pound pressure. Therefore, to achieve the optimal fuel efficiency and avoid premature tread wear of tires, they should be properly inflated to the recommended pressure. In general, for most passenger cars, tire pressure should be maintained at 32-34 PSI.
Keep the Air and Fuel Filters Clean
While the air filter sends dust/dirt-free air to the engine to burn gas, the fuel filter sends dirt and debris-free fuel to the engine. Clogging of any of these filters causes the engine to lose power and thus affects fuel economy. Such clogged air/fuel filter may decrease the gas mileage and increase the fuel costs by 10-13%.
Make sure that both the air and fuel filters are free from dust, dirt, and debris so that the engine works at improved fuel efficiency. If the filters are dirty or worn-out, it is better to replace them. You should do it, especially, while driving more in dusty conditions, change/clean the air pump enough number of times to protect the engine’s health.
Inspect Spark Plugs Regularly
Spark plugs in fuel engines ignite the air-fuel mixture. A dirty, worn-out or malfunctioning spark plug or its wires can lead to engine misfiring resulting in wastage of fuel and poor fuel economy. Therefore, make sure to inspect and replace the dirty/worn-out spark plugs to minimize fuel wastage.
Stick to Good Driving Habits
Poor driving habits like aggressive driving, speeding, keeping your engine in high RPMs, rapid accelerations, stopping short, etc. result in fuel wastage. By driving like that, more fuel goes to the engine, and thus it consumes more fuel than required. Therefore, it is advisable to stick to good driving practices to improve fuel economy.
Now that you know the tips on how to save fuel costs of your car, the next step is to get into action. If, however, you are still looking for that rare gem you always wanted parked in your garage, AutoBidMaster.com, with an exhaustive listing of classic cars for sale, has got you covered. Take your pick from hundreds of vehicles with salvage and clean titles and bring home your dream machine without breaking the bank. If you have any questions, feel free to call 1 (503) 298-4300 or fill out our contact form. To get starterted, register now!