With the days of cheap gas firmly in the rearview mirror, many of us are looking for ways to get the most miles per gallon possible out of our vehicles – some are even trading in for a more efficient vehicle altogether! But before you do anything rash, there are some little tips that might add up to make a big difference.
- Clean is fast. A good wash and wax will help your car slip through the air more easily, reducing drag and increasing fuel efficiency.
- The same goes for significant dents or damage to your car – the disrupted airflow will cost you at the pump.
- Upgrade your spark plugs! A set of premium spark plugs can really give your fuel economy a boost. Iridium spark plugs can result in better mileage, and more power.
- Power down. The more power you’re using (anything from plug in accessories to fog lights or air conditioning), the more you’re drawing from the engine, and the worse your mileage is going to be.
- Slow down. There’s a reason that Congress mandated a 55 mph speed limit during the fuel crisis of the 1970’s. For most vehicles, you’ll lose 30-percent of your fuel economy when you accelerate from 55 mph to 75 mph. For relatively short commutes, you may not even notice the extra time in the trip, but you will notice that extra pain at the pump if you opt for the higher speeds.
If the “devil is in the details,” then cleanliness really is next to Godliness when it comes to a good brake job. What I mean is that if your mechanic isn’t doing a thorough cleaning when he’s doing a brake job, your brakes aren’t going to last as long, and are more likely to start making those strange sounds that no one likes.
At Grease Pro, we take the devil out of the details, and make sure you get your moneys worth out of your brakes. If you’re doing your own brake job, follow our lead and remember these tips:
- Even new rotors need to be washed. Whether it’s just been machined, or is straight out of the box, there may still be metal particles sticking to the surface of your rotors. Give them a wash with soap and warm water, using a stiff brush to remove any of those stray particles from the rotor. If you don’t, you’ll have premature wearing, and brake noise.
- When you’re replacing your break pads, you’ll still want to disassemble your calipers, and use a round wire brush and cleaner to strip away the old lubricant and any corrosion that may be present. Take special care with aluminum components – you want to take away the corrosion, but not any of the metal.
- Clean rust from hub assemblies using a polishing pad for the hub face, and an over-the-stud hub cleaner for the studs. If you don’t, you’ll likely notice pulsation from your breaks before you get too far down the road.
- Don’t forget to clean rust or debris from your mounting pads. That’s another common cause of rotor distortion or pulsation.
- All pad abutments should be clean and smooth. If the pad abutment is notched or damaged, it needs to be replaced. Otherwise you’ll end up with excessive pad movement, and the driver will notice vibration coming from the brakes.