Until renewable energy vehicles become the norm, we’ll be constantly trying to figure out how to make the fuel in our machines last longer. Fuel expense and efficiency can not only make or break a job but can have an effect on the lifespan of your vehicle! Here are our tips on making the fuel in your vehicle last longer.
Pop quiz; what uses more fuel? Idling, or starting your engine? Well, a vehicle will use the same amount of fuel starting up as it does idling for about a minute. Depending on the job, 15-20% of your fuel consumption can be during idling!
Something that a lot of folks, including experienced operators, forget is that improperly inflated tires can cause unneeded extra fuel consumption. Under-inflation by just 6 psi consumes 3% more fuel.
Using the right gear can make a world of difference in fuel consumption. Select the gear that provides the desired ground speed at a reduced engine rpm without overloading. Studies have shown 5 -15% fuel efficiency at 75% power and 15 – 30% efficiency at 50% power.
All of these things can help fuel efficiency, but the main thing that needs to be done to keep fuel consumption at its minimum is maintenance; Not only will regular maintenance lower your fuel consumption, it will also lower your repair bills. Replacing air filters, oil filters, and changing your machine’s oil at the advised intervals are all things that will keep your engine running efficiently, and using less fuel.
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