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Making your fuel go further

August 18, 2005

Valdosta - With gas prices climbing every day, we'd all like to visit the pump a little less often. Mechanic Scott Gard says a little t.l.c. for your vehicle could do the trick. "I don't think a lot of people know it makes that big of a difference," said Gard.

The key to getting the most from your fuel is regular vehicle maintenance, from the ground up. "The less pressure you have in your tires, there's more grip on the road and more drag and you need more power, then the engine has to work a little harder," said Gard.

It's also important to keep a clean fuel filter. "On a good one, you can blow through it just like you would a hose," said Gard.

It's an inexpensive part that is sure to make your fuel go further. "If one's totally restricted, it could be using an extra mile to three miles a gallon," said Gard.

Maintaining a clean air filter also makes a difference. And something you can do without the help of a mechanic is check your oil every week. "When your oil gets dirty, you've got more friction in the motor and that uses more gas," said Gard.

A few simple steps that will improve your vehicle performance, and help relieve your pain at the pump.

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