How Does My Car Calculate Fuel Economy?

Modern cars have dash consoles full of useful (and sometimes not-so-useful) information…like your MPG averages. How does your car know how many miles per gallon you’ve used? Let’s take a look…

How You Would Calculate MPGs

Before the days of computer-controlled vehicles, you would have to manually calculate miles per gallon…and the formula is in the name: Continue reading How Does My Car Calculate Fuel Economy?

Fuel Additives: What They Are, How They Work, and Why You Might Want Them

Besides gas, there are other formulas you can put in your gas tank that might affect your vehicle’s performance. That’s what fuel additives are. What they do and whether you need them, well that depends on the type of vehicle you’re operating. Here’s a quick guide:

Types of Fuel Additives and What They Do

There are a variety of fuel additives available at any auto parts store (and many gas stations), including:

  • Fuel injector cleaners

These additives do as the name indicates—they help prevent or remove Continue reading Fuel Additives: What They Are, How They Work, and Why You Might Want Them

Does the Gas I Use Really Matter?

GettyImages-172858888With gas prices constantly in flux, you may be using different octanes from one day to the next. However, this isn’t the best option for the health of your car. There really is a difference between fuel types – but the more expensive option isn’t always better.

What the Rating Really Is

Fuel is generally available in different grades or octane levels: 87 (regular), 88-89 (premium), and 91-94 octane (super premium). The octane rating is Continue reading Does the Gas I Use Really Matter?

Why Fuel Filters & When They Need Attention

Oil and air filters are well-known. People often replace them on their own time, but how often do people consider the state of their fuel filter? It performs a vital function by screening out dirt, rust particles and other particulates from the fuel that passes through the fuel line. This feeds your engine clean fuel without particulates that will cause the engine to shudder. And if your car isn’t functioning properly, it could be the fuel filter causing the issue.

The Filter Needs Changing If…

When your fuel filter is clogged, it reduces the amount of fuel that’s able to pass through the fuel line and to the engine. This will reduce your engine’s performance, providing noticeable signs that it’s time to get your fuel filter changed. If you notice that

  • your engine feels shaky when you’re idling
  • is difficult to start
  • struggles at low speeds
  • simply dies while you’re driving

It could be time for a fuel filter change.

There are other reasons for engine problems, but the simplest solution is to eliminate possibilities. A clean fuel filter keeps your engine free of particulates and allows for smooth fuel efficiency. Your engine gets the fuel it needs, ensuring that your vehicle runs correctly.

When Should I Change My Filter?

If you haven’t seen any issues with your engine performance, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t change your fuel filter. Any engine part can wear down over time; you want to ensure your vehicle has the best regular maintenance to keep it functional for as long as possible. Not all owner’s manuals will have set times or mileage markers for changing fuel filters. If your owner’s manual doesn’t specify, have your fuel filter replaced every one to two years.

Regular maintenance keeps your car running smoothly and you driving safely!

Fuel Efficiency Matters!

There’s no reason to spend more on gas than you have to. If you can improve fuel efficiency in your car with a few regular maintenance tips, you benefit from a cleaner, more functional car and more money in your pocket. QuanzAutoCare keeps customers informed of the best ways they can improve their driving experience; that’s why we offer tips like these. Continue reading Fuel Efficiency Matters!