Mileage Extenders: Too Good to Be True?

February 12th, 2013 by

Fuel TankCan you remember the last time you paid under $2 per gallon for gasoline? I think there may have been a week or two around 2005 when I was able to find fuel for that low, and judging by the increased demand for hybrid vehicles and more fuel-efficient cars, I would guess that most of you are in a similar boat.

So, while automakers are constantly refining their engines and developing more efficient vehicles, that doesn’t really help those of us who already have a car, does it? Is there anything we can do?

The answer is, of course, yes, but while fuel additives promising to extend your mileage do exist, they aren’t necessarily the best route to achieve that goal.

Generally, fuel with additives and the solutions you can pour into your tank yourself will keep your fuel line a bit cleaner, but its effects on your fuel economy are unlikely to be noticeable. There isn’t a magic solution you can pour into the tank that will give you 50 mpg, and there likely never will be.

Don’t get despondent, though. While extending your mileage via fuel additives is mostly too good to be true, there are other standard maintenance maneuvers you can try that should save you a little bit of cash.

The easiest one is to be sure to always get your oil changed on time. While your vehicle may say that it can go 5-7,000 miles on the same oil, many mechanics recommend changing the oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles. This isn’t some clever ploy to get you to spend more on oil, either. As oil gets dirty, those impurities greatly reduce the effectiveness of the oil. By regularly changing your oil, not only does it help protect your engine, but by reducing friction, it can noticeably increase your fuel economy.

Another tip to consider is whether or not your motor oil is the right viscosity. The lower viscosity oils will have less friction and thus be more efficient.

Similarly, using synthetic transmission and differential fluids can also reduce friction, conserving energy even further.

If you’ve got any questions about what you can do to improve the fuel economy of your vehicle, contact our service department today. One of our experts will be more than happy to go over all the ways in which we are able to keep your engine running as smoothly and efficiently as possible.