We don’t have to tell you how important it is to keep an eye on your gas mileage—it’s one of the most important qualities of any car for the average driver. Your gas mileage can be an unwanted expense, especially if you drive a car that already doesn’t get great gas mileage. Volkswagens, however, are known for their consistently great fuel efficiency, which is one of the reasons why consumers continue to look to the brand for excellence. If you’ve noticed an increase in fuel consumption in your Volkswagen lately, it’s likely due to an issue that has recently come up that requires your attention. In this article we’ll go over some of the key reasons behind increased fuel consumption and what you can do for your VW to restore it back to its original functioning.
One of the biggest reasons for decreased fuel efficiency is inadequate tire health. Uneven wear patterns, improper pressure levels, and worn out treat can lead to a significant decrease in fuel economy; however, this issue is easily fixed. If your Volkswagen is showing signs of inefficient fuel use, it’s best to start with the tires—as they’re the simplest place to begin.
Your fuel injection system is what disperses the fuel into the engine for combustion and ignition processes. When the fuel injectors become clogged, which happens quite often and over periods of time of use, the fuel cannot make it into the engine in the proper amount, leading to an inefficient usage of fuel. Your fuel injectors should be inspected and cleaned routinely, as this can significantly reduce the likelihood of fuel consumption issues.
Your car has a specific, designated type of engine oil that works best for your specific Volkswagen car. If you use the wrong type of engine oil, it can lead to inefficient fuel use as your engine compensates for the extra heat generated by unnecessary friction. Your recommended oil type can be found in your owner’s manual, along with instructions for properly filling your tires with the right amount of pressure.
Many drivers underestimate the effect their own driving habits and typical driving conditions have on their gas mileage. Driving with a lead foot surely takes its toll on your engine, particularly your fuel consumption. Slow and steady acceleration is the most optimal way for your VW to utilize its fuel, and fast acceleration always burns gas too quickly. Paying attention to how you’re driving, or noticing any changes in your route, can help reduce your fuel consumption significantly.
In the ignition and combustion processes, the spark plugs play an integral role in igniting the fuel/oxygen mixture. When the spark plugs aren’t working properly or have begun to wear out, it can play a huge part in inefficient gas usage. Your spark plugs need to be replaced at a certain interval—be sure to refer to your Volkswagen owner’s manual to follow these guidelines.
Failing oxygen sensors and air filters are a few of the top reasons why gas mileage suffers in some VWs. As we mentioned before, the right fuel-to-oxygen ratio is critical for optimal combustion and ignition. If the ratio is off due to insufficient oxygen levels, then fuel consumption can skyrocket. It’s important to have sensors and air filters checked out regularly to prevent this issue.
Gas is expensive these days, and the Volkswagen professionals here at Euro Plus Automotive make it a point to optimize our clients’ vehicle functioning to save them money in the long run. Serving Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, the greater San Fernando Valley, and other areas in Los Angeles County, CA, since 1984 we have catered to a diverse clientele and have honed our knowledge and skills working specifically with Volkswagen cars. If you’ve noticed a decrease in your fuel efficiency recently, the problem could be related to any of the aforementioned issues. To schedule a diagnostic procedure and restore your VW to its optimal performance level, please call us directly or fill out our “make an appointment” form on our website.
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