Improving gas mileage is always a concern for drivers. Increasing the miles per gallon (MPG) a vehicle gets is the method by which gas mileage is improved. Mini Cooper owners are also concerned with gas mileage, and are therefore interested in increasing the MPG of their vehicles. Stock Mini Coopers get above-average gas mileage, so increasing the MPG in these vehicles can be a challenge. However, improvement is possible if the owner takes care to do proper maintenance.
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Things you need
- Tire pressure gauge
- Air compressor
Check the tire pressure using the tire pressure gauge. The proper pressure will be listed on the tire. Check all four tires.
If low, use the air compressor to pump air into the tire. Do not overinflate the tire, as this can cause problems in handling of the car. For every 4.54 Kilogram of underinflation, a car loses 4 per cent in fuel economy.
Check tire pressure after changes in temperature. During the winter, inflation of tires may be required as a 10 degree Fahrenheit drop in temperature results in 1 pound of lost pressure in each tire.
Check the air filter for dirt and change as needed. Air filters are recommended to be changed every six months, but ideally would be changed more often. Dirt in an air filter can cause restriction of air flow and decrease in MPG.
Change the oil regularly. The Mini Cooper is different than most vehicles in that the same oil is used in the transmission and engine, so be sure the oil used is light in weight (5W30, for example). The Mini Cooper requires more regular oil changes for this reason. Oil changes are important to ensure fuel economy is maximised and delaying can cause a decrease in MPG.
Complete regular tune-ups and other maintenance as required. Older Mini Coopers will require tune-ups more often than new ones. Ensure this is done on schedule as this affects gas mileage.
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