Fuel-Saving Maintenance Tips
The summer travel season is upon us and that means it's time to get your vehicle ready for long-distance travel. But this year you'll have more on your mind than vehicle reliability, safety or performance. With higher fuel prices on the horizon, it's a good idea to get the most out of every litre of gas.
Mopar® offers a full line of factory-backed maintenance products for Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram, SRT®, and FIAT® vehicles. Avoid a possible vehicle breakdown or poor fuel economy with inspection of the following components — all available from your local Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT or Fiat dealer.
FUEL SAVING TIPS
Maximize your fuel economy by inspecting these items.
Air Filters – Changing the air filter on a regular basis can improve mileage by up to 10 percent and increase engine life. Mopar air filters are designed to achieve high, virtually unrestricted air flow while maintaining filtration levels critical to ensure long engine life.
Spark Plugs – As spark plugs age, they become pitted and the gap often shifts out of O.E. spec. In addition, carbon deposits can foul electrodes and insulators can split. The result is inefficient combustion, poor performance and decreased fuel mileage.
O2 Sensors – Located in the exhaust path, the O2 sensor's function is to feed data to the Powertrain Control Module (PCM). The goal of the sensor is to reduce emissions and help the engine run as efficiently as possible. Replacing a faulty O2 sensor can improve mileage by up to an astonishing 40 percent!
PCV Valve – A malfunctioning PCV valve or clogged system can result in drivability problems, poor engine idle and increased fuel consumption. Replace the PCV valve at recommended intervals.
EGR Valves – EGR valves, primarily an emissions system component, can affect fuel mileage as well. If the valve is stuck open, it can create a vacuum leak that leads to rough idle and hesitation. If the valve is stuck closed, it can cause combustion temperatures to rise and lead to detonation. Neither condition is conducive to good fuel economy.
Fuel Filters –The quality of gasoline products today far exceeds that of years ago, but a good fuel filter is still necessary to trap any contaminants before they reach the engine. Mopar fuel filters maximize dirt retention and have several advantages including: an internally lubricated seal gasket for better torque, an anti-drain back valve, an adhesive-filled double lock seam and a fluted case for easy removal. And, for diesel applications, Mopar offers 5.9L and 6.7L diesel fuel filters to capture water and prevent it from contaminating the injector pump and fuel injectors.
Engine Oil/Oil Filters – Engine oil filters suspend dirt, metal particles and sludge, allowing only clean oil to circulate through the engine. Clean oil also contributes to better fuel economy. Mopar filters are designed using Chrysler Group LLC engineering specifications, which mean they help maintain peak engine efficiency and performance.
Tune-Up Parts – Even in today's advanced vehicles, a good old tune up, which includes many of the parts listed above, works wonders at improving fuel economy.
Tires – Tires that are underinflated by just two pounds per square inch (psi) can adversely affect fuel economy. Check air pressure in all tires, including the spare and inspect tread and sidewall areas for uneven or irregular wear — always a good indicator of how the vehicle's suspension is performing.
Get Ready For Summer Service
Planning to take the family on the road in the family hauler? Don't forget to get these items checked by your local Mopar Service Technician so you can travel with added peace of mind. Remember, the best vehicle maintenance begins with Mopar.
Shocks & Struts
Shocks and struts are the most overlooked service parts on a vehicle, but they affect ride control and comfort and can also affect a number of related parts. Use only Mopar shocks and struts to optimize vehicle handling, tire life and to keep your vehicle riding smoothly.
Engine Belts & Hoses
In today's vehicles, a single drive belt provides power to many engine components, and hoses carry vital fluids under high pressure. Prevent a breakdown or serious engine damage by replacing belts and hoses at recommended intervals. Quality-tested Mopar belts and hoses offer precision fit, optimal service life and original-equipment performance.
Whether it's the first start-up in the morning or having the reserve power to run accessories when the engine/alternator is not on, the battery is the critical source. Corroded terminals and a bulging or cracked case are signs that a battery has been subject to extreme conditions. And each battery has a limited "life" to it. Test the battery and replace it if necessary to make sure there is adequate cranking power to start the vehicle.
The key is to replace the pads/shoes before the rotors/drums become damaged. Pads, shoes, rotors, drums, calipers, fittings, brake hardware and parking brake should be inspected. If you hear your brakes squealing, it may be time for replacements.
Worn wiper blades affect a driver's ability to see the road and vehicles in front of them. For greater visibility and smooth operation, Mopar all-season wiper blades are built for the long haul and feature a strong, all-metal superstructure for durable, reliable performance.
Engine oil should be changed or replenished, and all vehicle fluids and lubricants should be checked and changed at factory-recommended intervals to make sure they're fresh and filled to the recommended levels. Low or dirty fluids have an impact on how engine and components perform and could potentially cause damage.
Cabin Air Filter
Cabin air filters keep airborne contaminants and irritants out of the vehicle's cabin. Mopar Cabin Air Filters trap a wide variety of contaminants, including dust, mold, pollen, smoke, allergens and even odors. Furthermore, they offer advanced charcoal filtration technology for allergy sensitive vehicle owners bothered by airborne pollen and dust. For optimal performance, the filter should be replaced every 12 months or 18,000 km.