Save gas, save money: How to get more miles per gallon, 150K+ miles out of your car

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Most drivers have little control over the price they pay for gas when they fill up at the pump.

However, master mechanic and owner of 180-Degrees Automotive Bogi Lateiner says there are some simple things everyone can do to get more miles out of each gallon of gas.

1. Make sure you keep your tires inflated to the proper pressure. If you're not sure what the air pressure in your tires should be, check the sticker on the driver's side doorjamb. That has the manufacture's recommendations.

2. Be sure to keep up on routine maintenance.  A cleaner engine operates more efficiently and will use less fuel (oil changes, induction service, injector flush, air filter, fuel filter, spark plugs).

3. Don't drive aggressively.  Many vehicles start to lose fuel efficiency when they travel at speeds above 55 miles per hour.

4. Minimize extra weight in the car.   Get rid of all the "junk in your trunk" to minimize the drag on the car.

Besides saving money at the gas pump, Lateiner also has advice on what you can do to get more miles out of your vehicle.  We asked her for tips on getting 150,000 miles or more out of a car.  However, the master mechanic says if you follow these recommendations your go much further than that, and could see your vehicle drive upwards of 200,000 to 400,000 miles.

1. Allow the car warm up for a few moments before pulling out of the driveway.  Also, minimize short trips. 

2. Listen to the car. It’s always trying to talk to you, so turn down the radio once in a while and listen.  You'll know when something sounds out of the ordinary.

180 Degrees Automotive
545 W. Mariposa St.
Phoenix, AZ 85013 3. Conduct a visual inspection of the vehicle once a month. This is an opportunity to catch things before they get worse.  Walk around the car.  Look underneath (or at the garage floor) for any fluids that may be leaking.  Take a peak under the hood.  Even if you are not a car expert, if you are looking regularly, you can tell if something has changed.

4. Keep up on oil services and maintain other fluids.  There is no such thing as too much maintenance. It's always cheaper than repairs.

5. Don’t skip scheduled maintenance.  Make sure you follow "severe service table" in your owner's manual. The harsh temperatures in Arizona create a "severe" environment for your car.

6. Don't put off repairs. Things often get more expensive and can cause additional problems when left unattended.