Improving fuel economy is easy-just take it easy. It will help make your vehicle last longer, too. Here are some specific tips on how to save money on both fuel and repairs:
• Keep your tires inflated at the correct pressure. Underinflation causes tire wear and wastes fuel. See Section 7-2 for instructions.
• Do not carry unneeded weight in your vehicle. Excess weight puts a heavier load on the engine, causing greater fuel consumption.
• Avoid lengthy warm-up idling. Once the engine is running smoothly, begin driving—but gently. Remember, however, that on cold winter days this may take a little longer.
• Put the selector lever into the "D" when engine braking is not required.
Driving with the selector lever in "3" will reduce the fuel economy (For details, see "Automatic transmission" on page 117 in Section 1-7.)
• Accelerate slowly and smoothly.
Avoid jackrabbit starts. Get into high gear as quickly as possible.
• Avoid long engine idling. If you have a long wait and you are not in traffic, it is better to turn off the engine and start again later.
• Avoid engine lugging or over-revving. Use a gear position suitable for the road on which you are travelling.
• Avoid continuous speeding up and slowing down. Stop-and-go driving wastes fuel.
• Avoid unnecessary stopping and braking. Maintain a steady pace. Try to time the traffic signals so you only need to stop as little as possible or take advantage of through streets to avoid traffic lights. Keep a proper distance from other vehicles to avoid sudden braking. This will also reduce wear on your brakes.
• Avoid heavy traffic or traffic jams whenever possible.
• Do not rest your foot on the clutch or brake pedal. This causes needless wear, overheating and poor fuel economy.
Never turn off the engine to coast down hills. Your power steering and brake booster will not function without the engine running. Also, the emission control system operates properly only when the engine is running.
• Maintain a moderate speed on highways. The faster you drive,the greater the fuel consumption. By reducing your speed, you will cut down on fuel consumption.
• Keep the front wheels in proper alignment. Avoid hitting the curb and slow down on rough roads. Improper alignment not only causes faster tire wear but also puts an extra load on the engine, which, in turn, wastes fuel.
• Keep the bottom of your vehicle free from mud, etc. This not only lessens weight but also helps prevent corrosion.
• Keep your vehicle tuned-up and in top shape. A dirty air cleaner, improper valve clearance, dirty plugs, dirty oil and grease,brakes not adjusted, etc. all lower engine performance and contribute to poor fuel economy. For longer life of all parts and lower operating costs, keep all maintenance work on schedule, and if you often drive under severe conditions, see that your vehicle receives more frequent maintenance. (For scheduled maintenance information, please refer to the "Scheduled Maintenance Guide" or "Owner's Manual Supplement".)
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