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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

How to save on fuel - MPG????? in DIESEL Motorsport!

The price is going up again and you own a diesel truck, what can you do to save on fuel?

On a diesel make sure your engine is properly tuned, that means no excessive smoke or lope, tune for efficiency.

Check your injectors, do they need to be replaced?

Check your fuel system, is your injection pump getting the proper pressure or fuel delivered to it?

Does your filters need to be changed, including fuel, air intake and oil? Yes, all of them help efficient mpg.

Proper maintenance helps maintain the most efficient miles per gallon while driving but then the obvious is listed below!

Drive Sensibly

Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas. It can lower your gas mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by 5 percent around town. Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.
Fuel Economy Benefit:5–33%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings:$0.19–$1.23/gallon

Observe the Speed Limit

While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph.
You can assume that each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $0.30 per gallon for gas. (Guilty as charged, I'll be watching myself now)!
Observing the speed limit is also safer.
Fuel Economy Benefit:7–23%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings:$0.26–$0.86/gallon

Remove Excess Weight

Avoid keeping unnecessary items in your vehicle, especially heavy ones. An extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could reduce your MPG by up to 2 percent. The reduction is based on the percentage of extra weight relative to the vehicle's weight and affects smaller vehicles more than larger ones.
Fuel Economy Benefit:1–2%/100 lbs
Equivalent Gasoline Savings:$0.04–$0.07/gallon

Use Cruise Control
Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas.

Use Overdrive Gears

When you use overdrive gearing, your car's engine speed goes down. This saves gas and reduces engine wear.
Note: Cost savings are based on an assumed fuel price of $3.72/gallon.
As the Spring and Summer months approach us and every time we pull into the pumps, think of what was posted today!
If maintenance is needed contact your local diesel service center, better to be prepared now!

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