Heavy duty truck drivers always need to take care about fuel costs and maintain fuel economy. With gas prices always on the rise, increasing your fuel efficiency is never a bad idea. Here is how regular maintenance checkups go a long way in improving the fuel efficiency of your vehicle. Reduced fuel costs due to these checkups can save you a ton of money.
Tire pressure and fuel consumption
Deflated tires raise your fuel costs considerably. Low tire pressure results in tire rolling and requires more effort on the part of the engine to move the vehicle. This results in increased fuel consumption as the driver wastes more fuel. Regular maintenance checkups to ensure that your tire is properly inflated keeps fuel consumption to a minimum. Some service centers offer to fill your tires with nitrogen gas to keep it from deflating. Nitrogen escapes less easily than other gases and maintains your tire pressure longer.
Lubrication and engine parts
Regular maintenance checkups will ensure that the engineer monitors the engine conditions constantly. He will reduce friction between the moving parts of the engine by lubricating them well. This reduced friction puts less strain on the engine and does not wear out its parts. A well lubricated engine burns fuel more efficiently and results in improved fuel economy.
Spark plugs and mileage
Bad spark plugs can decrease fuel efficiency up to 30%. This is a lot and an inspection can let you know whether your spark plugs need replacing. If you see your gas mileage dropping drastically there is a good chance that it is caused by damaged spark plugs. Truck drivers should opt for regular maintenance checkups just to be on the safe side.
Breathe easy with a new air filter
Replacing your old air filter with a new one can reduce fuel costs up to 10%. Besides you will be pumping less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere so it’s a win for you as well as the environment.
Tire alignment and cost of fuel
A car with misaligned tires can cause them to easily wear out. The decreased efficiency of the car directly shows in your fuel costs, as you will be visiting the gas station more often. Regular checkups can make sure that your tires are always aligned properly.
Other benefits of maintenance
- The service center engineer can advise you on what kind of fuel your truck runs best on.
- Corroded battery cables are replaced that may cause the alternator to burn more fuel.
- Outdated oxygen sensors are replaced.
- Improve gas mileage by using motor oil recommended by the engineer.
Don’t ignore periodic checkups especially after the warranty has expired on your vehicle. Regular maintenance is a must for those who drive their vehicles in rough conditions regularly. If your fuel economy has hit rock bottom check out our inventory at Heavy Duty Direct, where you can buy and sell new or used heavy duty vehicles.