Oil Changes, Brake Pads, New Tires — Oh My!

3 Auto Parts To Add To Your Car To Get Better Gas Mileage

You drive your car every day, and you repeatedly stop to add fuel to the tank. If you are like most vehicle owners, you wish that you could drive past the gas station a bit more often without having to stop and get gas. Bumping up your fuel efficiency is not an impossible feat; it can actually be just a matter of picking up a few things at the auto parts store. Some investments can garner you fuel savings. Here is a look at some of the car parts you can add to your vehicle to get more mileage from the fuel you use.

Get new spark plugs and plug wires for your car. 

Spark plugs and plug wires are a hugely important part of how some engines function, and they do have to be replaced periodically. The plugs generate a spark that is sent through the combustion chambers to ignite the fuel and make your car run. If there is anything wrong with the plugs and plug wires, it can mean the fuel is being sent to be ignited that never actually gets used. Replacing your plugs and plug wires can mean the fuel is used more efficiently by the engine and, therefore, you will use less fuel overall.

Replace the air filter with a high-performance version. 

The air filter is responsible for capturing contaminants as the exhaust moves through the system and out through the muffler. Even though the standard filters are good enough, they can be built with such restrictive construction that airflow is inhibited, which can make a vehicle harder on gas. Head to the auto parts store and pick up a high-performance air filter for your vehicle and you will see a drastic difference in how efficiently fuel is used by your vehicle.

Invest in a new set of tires for your car. 

Believe it or not, even your car's tires can have some effect on its gas mileage. Tires that are heavy will actually mean you get fewer miles per gallon than what you would with a lightweight set. Many vehicle owners have no idea that their tires can have different weight ratios depending on how they are made. For example, a tire that has a 10-ply construction is naturally going to be thicker and heavier than a tire that has a 6-ply construction. You may be able to save yourself a few miles per gallon just by getting lighter tires.