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Gas Prices Don’t Have To Empty Your Wallet

Car Maintenance Can Save You Money In Fuel Costs

Taking a trip to the gas station is not somcar maintenanceething anyone looks forward to, with gas prices at all-time highs. But, with simple auto maintenance on your new OR older car, you can save money at the pumps.

• Worn spark plugs – A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plus causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.

• Dirty air filters – An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a "rich" mixture – too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 15 cents a gallon.

Applying just one of these simple strategies can save you money next time you have to fill up.

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Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2006 at 2:48 pm In Auto Warranty  

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