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Three Key Tips to Fuel Savings at the Pump

Published Jul 10th 2008, 2:55pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles
Bshighgasprices449_82 With gas prices approaching than $4.50 per gallon in most states, it is more important than ever for motorists to maintain their vehicles. To get the most out of a tank of gas, experts at Honeywell Consumer Products Group suggest that in addition to properly inflating tires and altering driving habits, motorists should be diligent about changing their worn and dirty spark plugs, replacing clogged air filters, and maintaining a clean fuel system.

"These three easy, low-cost routines can help motorists save quite a bit of money at the pump," said Jay Buckley, Honeywell's technical training manager. "The last thing we want is for our vehicles to work harder than they have to . . . it's just throwing money down the drain."

Oldsparkplugs For example, the performance of a spark plug is directly related to how much fuel is being consumed. Research by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence shows that old, worn, and dirty spark plugs are prone to misfires, reducing fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent. "When changing spark plugs, consider upgrading to ones that provide a faster, more efficient burn," said Buckley. Buckley suggests plugs -- such as the Autolite XP Xtreme Performance spark plugs-- "ignite the gas and air mixture inside the cylinders more efficiently, resulting in improved throttle response and acceleration. This, in turn, helps improve fuel efficiency, thereby saving money for consumers."

Fram_airfilter_woman Another way to improve a vehicle's fuel economy is by changing a clogged air filter. The U.S. Department of Energy claims that replacing a clogged air filter can improve a car's gas mileage by as much as 10 percent. "Most FRAM air filters feature bright white fibers that make it easy to spot when a replacement may be necessary," said Buckley.

Research from Honeywell suggests that the motorist who changes the air filter when clogged can saves as much as $173 in gas annually.

Gasadditives Finally, if a vehicle has intake valve and fuel injector deposits, the engine has to work harder to run. Using a fuel additive like Prestone Complete Fuel System Cleaner every 4,000 miles helps improve acceleration and fuel economy by unclogging fuel injectors and cleaning intake valves and combustion chambers.

"Clean fuel injectors help ensure more complete combustion and maximum fuel benefit," said Buckley.

Maintaining vehicles with good quality spark plugs and air filters in addition to utilizing a fuel additive can help consumers increase their vehicle's fuel economy. For more information and gas-savings tips, motorists can log on to

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