10 Ways To Save Money

1: Change your air filter regularly. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, replacing a dirty air filter can improve your gas mileage by up to 10%. At $3.19 per gallon of gas that could mean up to $5.00 of savings every time you fill your tank!
2: Replace worn spark plugs. According to AAA, old or dirty spark plugs can reduce fuel economy by 30%. Changing spark plugs in accordance with a vehicle's owner manual will not only help drivers see a difference in vehicle performance, but can also provide a savings at the gas pump.
3: Keep your tires properly inflated and balanced. This can improve fuel economy by up to one mile per gallon. Depending on the size of your fuel tank that could mean an extra 20 miles per tank!
4: Tighten your gas cap. 147 million gallons of gasoline evaporate each year because fuel caps are damaged, loose or missing. So when you are finished fueling, be sure to tighten the cap.
5: Avoid aggressive driving. Speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking can lower your gas mileage by 33%. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is like paying an additional $.10 per gallon of gas.
6: Use the vehicle manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. You can improve you gas mileage by 1-2 percent.
7: Avoid excess idling. Idling gets zero miles per gallon. Additionally your vehicle uses more gas to idle than it does to restart the engine. So if you plan to sit for an extended period of time, turn your engine off.
8: Heavier vehicles require more energy to move, so carrying around excess weight will affect your mileage. Empty out your truck of all unnecessary items. An extra 100 pounds of weight in your trunk will reduce your vehicles fuel economy by 1-2 percent.
9: Don't bother topping off when filling your car's gas tank. The additional gas has the potential to leak out if overfilled.
10: Don't pay more for premium grade gasoline if you vehicle does not require it. The more expensive gas will cost you more money without boosting performance or fuel economy.

Synthetic Motor Oils

Synthetic oil consists of chemical compounds which were not originally present in crude oil but were artificially made from other compounds. Synthetic oil is made as a substitute for lubricant refined from petroleum; it is generally because of superior properties of the synthetic oil. Synthetic motor oil is often synthesized from feedstock's derived from petroleum, but the compounds in the synthetic motor oil have different molecular structures from those originally in petroleum.

The industry recognizes the following benefits for synthetic motor oils:

* Improved viscosity at low temperatures. Mineral oils tend to include wax impurities which coagulate at lower temperatures. A typical 10W-30 oil remains liquid at -50 C/ -58 F
* Better high temperature performance. Synthetic oils have few low molecular weight hydrocarbons which evaporate at high temperatures.
* Higher purity
* Decreased oil consumption
* Reduced friction and engine wear
* Improved fuel consumption through better engine lubrication
* Resistance to oil sludge problems
* Crude oil doesn't have to be used for the production of the lubricants
* Some synthetic motor oil producers offer extended intervals between oil changes (extended drain intervals)
* Reduction of environmental impact (due to lower oil consumption)

The primary disadvantage of synthetic oils is that they cost significantly more than mineral oils. Some manufacturers of synthetic oils, such as AMSOIL, Torco and Mobile One, however offer extended drain intervals which allows for running the oil by over 7 times the length of conventional petroleum oils. This extended drain interval actually causes synthetics to be more cost effective over the course of 2 to 3 oil changes.

I personally use AMSOIL and have used Mobile One. I use AMSOIL in everything I own, cars and motorcycles. With the AMSOIL I have seen an increase in fuel mileage around 2 MPG in each vehicle and I am able to run close to 15,000 miles on the oil, that is because I run regular oil filters and change them every 3000 miles, you could run up to 25,000 miles or more with Synthetic oil filters on the same oil.

Rod Sutphin







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