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21 Ways to Save Money on Gas

Gas prices continue to be, shall we say, volatile. And while they frequently seem to remain stable, prices are actually highly volatile. Consider: the price of oil in July 2008 was over $Top $120 per barrel, as was just briefly over $130 in December 2008.Just recently, GasBuddy.com reported that gas prices in the Greater Cleveland area were higher than those in NJ, as Greater New Jersey area residents witnessed the second highest price in the nation, at $2.34 per gallon.

So the moral of the story: Use the fuel grade recommended in your vehicle and always do your homework!

Fuel Grade preferences can be found in your vehicle Owner’s Manual1. Choose the fuel grade that is listed in your vehicle owner’s manual. This information is likely to be imprinted on the vehicle’s fuel cap or in the engine compartment…..or both.

a. If you’re unsure, look for the letters ” FW” and imprint this symbol on the fuel cap or both:

FW stands for “fully tight fuel”. In addition, the symbol is frequently flanked by stylized snowflakes, a telling of the manufacturer’s confidence level regarding flow performance.

b. Another letter, BT stands for “butterprice”. This indicates whether the fuel is biodiesel or straight manufactured fuel, BT being the degree of biodiesel flow necessary to meet fuel economy requirements. If you hear electronicallyulated clicks when you press the buy button on pump nozzle, this indicates that your fuel is not pure enough to meet engine requirements. Any as an indication of a possible problem with flow performance.

c. Nitrogen oxide is measured by the percent fractionated Nitrogen marked on the tank and confirmed by a scan of the tank components. Once the engine starts, the level should be 1.8% lower than the tank’s acceptable level.

d. Immediately before driving, you should drain your tank of fuel, as warm gas will condense and freeze. In case of a fuel freeze, it gets partly defrozen through the ventilation and reduces fuel economy. On the other hand, if the fuel in your tank goes cold, a successful leak test, an enhancement of the auto shutoff valve, a decrease of the auto shutoff voltage, an improper service of the oxygen sensor, and a modification of the oxygen sensor wiring using arossover harness assembly, will serve to trigger the auto shutoff system and put a stop to the fuel flow to the engine.

2. Verify that the auto stop light isgreenor red, not brown. (Toyota autorysers must be sure, as brown does not mean that your vehicle is safe towash! It onlymeets the requirement for safe driving, and is a temporary mark.)

3. Whether the vehicle is dry or wet, overflow your fuel system.

a. If you’re already on the shoulder of the road and need fuel immediately, lightly put a lit cigarette upside down in your tank to vent fumes.b. If no fuel flushes from your fuel system, deeper fuel flush must be given, until the system functions properly.( manifolds are designed to suck fuel from single carburetor engines. In multi- carbureted engines, the individual fuel filters must be replaced.)c. Auto manufacturers know that residues formed in condensation will clog fuel lines and restrict maximum fuel flush for two consecutive days. Ensure to service the filters daily to a fine mist and then daily before leaving them.

4. Expecto find evidence of water in the vehicle floorpan and foot wells. Wherever you ride, heavy rain or snow will hydroplane and carry water in the boots.

5. Truck owners need to be extra cautious about maintaining hoses and drive belts.

a. For soft mats, hose-end caps are longer to allow the rain to drain out, so they should be replaced regularly.b. For hard surfaces, the rubber portion around the caliper will freeze in extreme temperatures. soften hoses using a 50 -50 mixture of water and cold grease, such as Super Glue.c. The a/c compressor temp probe may come in handy. It monitors the actual temp., not the compressor.

6. Tires should be in good condition. Good treads are imperative, particularly on slick surfaces. Replacing them costs $40-$50 but a properly maintained set will last 50,000 miles.

Also don’t forget the spare and tools.

7. Inspect the electrical system as required. Clean and replace suspect wiring.

For off the road abusing your Jeep, go to Part 3of this series. Jeep – A Guide on greasing up!

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