Taking Care of Your Car

Giving your car a little time and attention can potentially save a lot of money. It is inevitable gas prices will go higher. And while cars are becoming more efficient the best way to save on fuel costs is to pay more attention to some smaller details on your car. Below are a few tips to get you started saving money on your ride.


Don't Let Your Tires Get Down
Keep your tires properly inflated and you could save you about $1.50 every time you fill your tank. The recommended tire pressure for your vehicle is located on a sticker on the driver-side door edge, opposite on the car frame, or in your owner's manual.


Maintain Your Air Filter
Replacing a clogged air filter can increase your vehicle's gas mileage by as much as 10 percent.


Keep Things Light

Excess weight in your vehicle can reduce gas mileage by 1 to 2 percent for every 100 pounds, so watch what you keep in your trunk.


Keep Things Slick
Improve your mileage by up to 2 percent with the proper grade of motor oil, in the correct amounts. It's also good to check of the oil level at every gas fill-up (which can be done while the pump is pumping). This gives an indication of the condition of your oil as well as if the car is burning an excessive amount. This basic knowledge can stave off costly repairs by bringing potential problems to light before they get out of hand. Look in your owner's manual for how to properly check oil or come into the service department for a quick and free tutorial.


Avoid Fast Starts
Take it easy, take it slow. Aggressive driving can reduce your gas mileage by more than 30 percent.


Maintain Your Investment
Keeping up with regular vehicle maintenance, like scheduled service, oil changes, and tune-ups, can increase mileage by an average of 4 percent.

For more information or help in keeping your Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge in top condition call the Service Department at 978-685-8775, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon.


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