Little Changes can add up to BIG SAVINGS
A properly maintained vehicle will be more fuel efficient, safer, more dependable, produce fewer emissions, help you avoid costly major repairs, and retain its value better. You can also save money by paying attention to the way you drive. Your Owners Manual has everything you need to know about your specific vehicle (if you are missing your owners manual click here to download a PDF version), and our friendly advisors at Rivershore Ram are always ready to help with expert advice and the full line of engineer-approved authentic Mopar Parts.
|Item||Fuel Economy Benefit||Gas Savings||Estimated Annual Car Savings||Estimated Annual SUV Savings|
|Tires properly inflated|
Up to 3%
3 cents per litre
|Check and replace air filter|
Up to 10%
10 cents per litre
mended motor oil
1-2 cents per litre
|Engine properly tuned|
Up tp 4%
4 cents per litre
5-33 cents per litre
|Observe the speed limit|
|7 to 23 cents per litre|
$150 to $500
$110 to $370
$185 to $620
|Remove excess weight|
|1 to 2 cents per litre|
$20 to $40
$15 to $30
$25 to $50
*2009 EnerGuide fuel-cost-per-year estimates assume an annual distance driven of 20,000km, 55% city driving and 45% highway driving, with gasoline priced at $1.00 per litre.
Taking Care of Your Vehicle
Let it breathe. Your engine relies on a constant flow of clean air to operate. Simply replacing a dirty air filter can improve fuel efficiency by up to 10%
Go for a change. Regular oil changes, maintenance of fuel injection systems and brake parts improve efficiency and help avoid potential repair costs down the road.
Pump it up. Under-inflated tires reduce fuel efficiency by up to five percent due to higher rolling resistance. They also wear out faster, creating a safety hazard for you and others on the road.
Keep the spark alive. Your engine can have four, six, eight, or sixteen spark plugs, depending on the number of cylinders and configuration. Firing as many as three million times every 1,500 kilometers, they are key to efficient engine performance and need to be checked/replaced when worn.
Go with the flow. Fuel filters keep debris from affecting the high-tech performance of today's engines. Systems often operate at high pressures, so replacement is best left to the pros.
Give it a brake. Improperly maintained brakes can create unnecessary drag - just like having your foot on the brake pedal - which will dramatically increase fuel consumption.
Air it out. A/C usage decreases fuel economy by about 9% on the highway and as much as 26% in city traffic.
Plug in. Using an engine block heater in freezing conditions warms your engine before starting - reducing wear, improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions. An automatic timer can also save electricity.
See the light. Service Engine Soon or Check Engine warning lights are signals that something is not functioning properly. For instance, a faulty oxygen sensor will result in more fuel being sent to the engine than necessary - reducing efficiency by as much as 40%. A faulty thermostat will prevent your engine from reaching and maintaining optimal operating temperature, which also results in the unnecessary injection of extra fuel. If you notice any warning lights, the best course of action is a professional diagnosis.
Pay Attention to the Way You Drive
Slow it down. Travelling at 80 km/h instead of 110 km/h can reduce fuel consumption by as much as 33%. Example: a truck travelling at 80 km/h (50 mph) will use 11.3L/100km (21 mpg). The same truck travelling at 110km/h (70 mph) will use 16.9L/100km (14 mpg).
Take it easy. Rapid acceleration can lower your meterage by up to 33% at highway speeds and by five percent around town. Hard stops use up brake compnents more quickly, too.
Pick up your foot. Avoid resting your left foot on the brake pedal. This wears out your brakes and will drag down fuel economy.
Don't sit idly by. An idling engine burns about 3.5 litres of fuel every hour and generates twice as much exhaust emission as a car in motion. Entended idling is also hard on your engine, forcing it to operate below peak temperature, which impairs fuel combustion, increasing the accumulation of deposits. It's also less friendly to the environment.
Use cruise. Cruise control (used when safe and appropiate) helps your vehicle maintain a constant speed, which reduces fuel consumption associated with accelerating.
Lighten up. Avoid driving around with unnecessary cargo in your vehicle. An extra 45 kg (100 lbs) can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 2%.
Make a list. Your vehicle's engine runs more efficiently once its warmed up. By reducing the number of trips you have to make and aiming to avoid stop and go rush hour traffic whenever possible, you can reduce fuel consumption significantly.
Help from above. Roof racks, car top carriers and the like all add to your vehicle's wind resistance. Remove them when not in use to increase aerodynamic efficiency.
The vehicle care and driving tips included here are provided to assist you in having the most enjoyable ownership experience possible. Figures quoted are averages based on the findings of a number of independent research agencies. Acutal fuel consumption rates will vary according to vehicle type and driving conditions.