Improve Gas Mileage With These Relatively Inexpensive Car Parts

Your vehicle’s efficiency can have a significant effect on your monthly budget. There are many ways to improve overall usage. Owners with do-it-yourself knowledge can replace specific car parts to increase mileage. Even if you don’t know how to replace car parts yourself, you can have a mechanic perform this work for you.

Mass Airflow Sensor

The mass airflow sensor calculates the airflow as it enters the engine. From this point, the sensor passes this information on to the engine’s computer. The engine’s computer is in charge of regulating fuel injection, transmission shifting, and the functions of the ignition system. A clogged mass airflow sensor will result in the engine’s computer receiving inaccurate information, which could negatively impact fuel economy.

Spark Plugs

Spark plugs have the task of igniting a mixture of air and fuel in the engine combustion chamber. Worn spark plugs will not produce an effective ignition. Replacing spark plugs and keeping them clean will provide cleaner and more efficient running of the engine.

Air Filter

Replacing this filter may be one of the most simple, yet effective, ways to improve gas mileage. A soiled and clogged filter will not move air through effectively. The restricted flow to the engine will impact efficiency because the more clean air the engine receives, the better it operates. As you explore these car parts, choose a filter made from fabric instead of paper. You can clean filters made from fabric, so they are reusable. In fact, some of them will even last as long as your car lasts.

Fuel Filter

The fuel filter has the task of moving gas to fuel injectors. A clogged fuel filter will begin moving gas less efficiently, which could lead to increased gas consumption to produce the needed power. Auto manufacturers recommend a specific schedule for replacing this filter. Follow this recommendation to ensure that you maintain the best efficiency of your car.


Tires are an integral component of handling and traction. If you allow tires to wear, become underinflated, or misaligned, you may notice decreased economy. Tires naturally become deflated as you drive your car, so check them once each month to maintain the correct pressure. When you check the tires, look for signs of wear. When replacing tires, choose the narrowest tires possible to cut down on aerodynamic drag. Installing low-rolling-resistance tires may also improve economy slightly.

Fuel Injection Components

Automobiles with fuel injection have sensors and systems that must remain in good condition to ensure the best gas mileage. Have a mechanic check oxygen sensors, evaporative emissions control systems, and the engine emissions system. Faulty sensors and components could result in decreased gas mileage of 20 percent or more.

Many car parts are not expensive, yet they can produce significant improvements in gas mileage when you replace them. Scheduling regular vehicle tune-ups can help to ensure that all auto components function correctly for the best efficiency.

Natural Gas Vehicles (NGV)

Today I am writing about NGV’s or “natural gas vehicles”. I have always had a fascination with cars and engines. When I was attending Cal Poly in the 90’s I picked Natural Gas Vehicles as the topic of my senior project. I took my small Toyota pickup and converted it to run on Natural Gas. I was able to do the conversion myself and I drove the truck around until I sold it. I really enjoyed it because the fuel was cheap and it burns a lot cleaner and I have been following the topic ever since.

About ten years ago I drove a Honda Civic that ran exclusively on natural gas and it had another really big benefit. I could drive in the carpool lane. I was going back and forth to Irvine so that saved me about an hour of driving per day.

What is a Natural Gas Car?

Basically it’s just like a regular gasoline car… it has the same kind of engine and when you are driving, it feels like a normal car. But… instead of running on gasoline, it runs on the same gas that comes out of your stove. You could actually get a filling pump installed in your house and fill up at home! You could never need to go to the gas station. But if you didn’t have the home fueling system, then you would need to find a natural gas filling station near your home or work. It takes a little more planning because the last thing you want to do is run out of fuel. If you do, you have to get towed to the station.

Let me tell you 4 good reasons for driving a natural gas vehicle:

  1. For me the biggest advantage of driving an NGV would be the fuel price. That’s because I’m cheap. Right now a Gallon-Gas-Equivalent (GGE) is $2.44. Actually NGV’s require fewer oil changes and the spark plugs and engine parts last longer because the gas is burning cleaner. So again if you’re cheap like me, you like low maintenance.
  2. They pollute a lot less than a gasoline car. Natural gas vehicles emit 13-21 percent fewer GHG emissions than comparable gasoline and diesel vehicles. If you are an Al Gore fan, then you’ll like them. An NGV has higher emissions than an electric car, but electric cars have lithium ion batteries which will eventually go bad. The replacement of the battery is around $5000. For the most part we really don’t know how long they last. It might need to be replaced once or twice in the car’s lifetime and we don’t really know how much impact that will have on landfills.
  3. You support the American economy. Gasoline comes from oil. The US imports 9 billion gallons of oil a day!!! That’s about $17 billion per day. I don’t know if everyone is aware of this but we have all the energy we need right here at home in the form of natural gas and our vehicles will run very nicely on natural gas.
  4. You can drive in the carpool lane by yourself.

In Conclusion

My hope is that with this short article, you know a little more about natural gas vehicles.

  • They save money on fuel and on maintenance (no batteries to worry about)
  • They pollute a lot less – Transportation accounts for 27% of our greenhouse gas emissions so this is a good way to reduce global warming
  • It’s good for the American economy – We can be less dependent on the Middle East and we can produce our own energy for our cars
  • You can drive in the carpool lane by yourself

For some reason, the US is lagging behind the rest of the world. I would love to see the US start using natural gas instead of gasoline. Maybe you can consider it now especially when prices start going up at the pump.

Q: Name of the Alligator That Swallows Your Money? A: THE GAS PUMP

Well, somebody is doing something about it. Pepsi saves an average of 3.3 million Dollars on gasoline costs every year. So, my congratulations go to Pepsi for saving 15% fuel, using HHO Technology on their vehicles. They installed HHO converter kits on their fleet of over 200 trucks that drive an average of 200.000 miles per year. By doing that, this fortune 500 company reduces emissions helping to keep air clean at the same time.

The good news is that you can do what Pepsi is doing. You can now install an HHO kit (extracts hydrogen from water) on your own vehicle and save between 15 and 60% cash on fuel. Depending on how well tuned your car is.

The truth is that the use of hydrogen as a fuel for engines in transportation vehicles is nothing new. Indeed, there is a way to permanently save money at the pump. The solution is very simple, economical and environmentally friendly. Just install a hydrogen converter kit on your automobile or truck. Hydrogen generators (extract hydrogen from water) have been used to power vehicles for many years already. As we all know water is the most abundant element on the Earth’s surface. As a matter of fact two thirds of the earth’s surface is covered by water. Thanks to this fact the global temperatures stay at a level convenient for our survival. Furthermore water has many other uses that I won’t mention here due to the lack of space. Nevertheless, I will touch a little bit on one more function of water.

Since ancient times water was used as a means of transportation. First people navigated the ocean and the rivers using oar boats. Then during the eighteenth century Robert Fulton experimented with the energy produced by hot water or steam. He followed the writings of other inventors of Europe. Three names come to mind. Denis Papin is accredited with the construction of the first steam boat in the early years of the eighteen century. Then Jonathan Hulls, in 1737 patented in Great Britain a slightly different type of boat, also powered by water steam. Finally in France Comte d’Auxiron launched yet another steam boat in 1774.

Water steam was the energy that also moved vehicles by land. In 1769 a French military engineer named Nicolas Joseph Cugnot built the first steam tractor. This self-propelled vehicle served to transport artillery for the Army at a speed of 2 ½ miles per hour.

Finally water brings another contribution to the transportation industry; hydrogen. The chemical formula of water is H20 (one part hydrogen and two parts oxygen.) Apparently it is more practical to work with hydrogen than with steam because hydrogen gas is manufactured instantly when stimulated by battery direct current inside the engine compartment of the vehicle. So, Hydrogen Fuel Cars started being manufactured in 1807. That year came out the first ‘Rivaz car’ designed by Francois Isaac de Rivaz of Switzerland – and 1986 was the last year the hydrogen cars were produced and exhibited in the Vancouver Transportation EXPO. Musashi 7 was a small truck with a four-stroke turbo engine that runs with liquid hydrogen. Since then without apparent reason the hydrogen car was seen no more.

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