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3/07/03 - Tyler

Tips To Improve Gas Mileage

With gas prices still on the rise, many East Texans are wondering how to keep their fuel bills down. For drivers looking to improve their gas mileage, it all starts under the hood, according to Tyler Ford Service Advisor, Randy Speake.

"The air filter system is the life of the engine," Speake says. "What doesn't get caught in the air filter system goes right into the engine."

Another source of problems can be your car's emissions system. Speake says although expensive, it's a vital job to keep it clean.

"Once the carbon buildup builds up to a certain point," Speake says, "If a sensor goes bad, it's costly. You're going to save your money here, rather than down the road replacing sensors later on."

Items like spark plugs, which ignite the fuel, need to be checked. A car's engine is composed of several different systems, all of which need to be working for peak efficiency.

"Anytime you neglect these engines on the cars," Speake says, "You're going to have them work harder which is going to use more fuel."

Outside of your car, a task as simple as checking your time pressure can add miles to your tank.

"Low tire pressure means cars are going to have to work harder, which is going to burn more fuel."

Of course, there's one thing everybody can do to improve their gas mileage.

"Probably the easiest and best thing is just to slow down," Speake says.

"Slow down a little bit. That'll help."

Gas mileage doesn't just start at the pump. Taking care of your car can make a difference in your wallet. Speake estimates if you keep your car running at peak efficiency, it can make a major difference.

"You could probably make a thirty percent change in your gas mileage."

Reid Kerr (rkerr@kltv.com) reporting.

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