Why is my fuel efficiency lower than it should be?

February 19th, 2021 by

When you shop for a car, fuel efficiency is probably on your list of things to research. After all, no one wants to pay more than they have to for gas, especially if they’re trying to maintain a budget. And even after you buy your Orlando Toyota, you probably know off-hand just about how many MPGs it’s supposed to get when you hit the road. So you’ll definitely notice when they drop – why aren’t you getting the fuel efficiency you deserve? Toyota of Orlando’s auto service center is here with answers.

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There are many reasons why your fuel efficiency may drop, but there are several main culprits that you should look into first. Here are six big reasons why your MPGs have dropped.

Six reasons your fuel efficiency isn’t what it should be

1. Your air filter is dirty. Your air filter is responsible for ensuring that clean air is pulled into the engine to be mixed with fuel. If it’s dirty, the right amount of air isn’t making it in. Luckily, this is an easy fix at our Orlando auto service center.

2. Your tires are underinflated. Driving with underinflated tires isn’t just dangerous – it also can drag down your fuel efficiency in a big way. Make sure your tires are inflated to the proper PSI, which you can find on the sticker on the inside of the driver’s door OR in your owner’s manual.

3. You need new spark plugs. Your spark plugs may be on the fritz if you have reduced MPGs – they wear out over time, so if they’re misfiring or dead, it can drop your fuel economy. Toyota of Orlando’s tecns can replace them in no time and get you back on the road.

4. You have a problem with your exhaust system. If there’s a problem with your exhaust, catalytic converter, or oxygen sensors, it can absolutely negatively affect the gas mileage you get on your car. This one requires a skilled technician to get under the hood and fix things, so visit us.

5. Your fuel system has an issue. If you notice your fuel efficiency dropping, it may be because of an issue with your fuel system. This includes your fuel pump, fuel injector, and a few other key components. Let our auto service techs take a peek.

6. You’re putting the pedal to the metal. If you have bad driving habits, you may be burning more fuel than necessary. If you find yourself slamming on the accelerator and brakes or idling for long periods of time, it’s time to change things up – these bad habits can drastically drop your MPGs, leaving you shelling out more than you should for gas.

Get the MPGs you deserve at Toyota of Orlando

Whether you have questions about your current car’s fuel efficiency or you want to shop for a more efficient Orlando Toyota, we can help! Visit us today at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 across from the Millenia Mall. You can also call us at (407) 298-4500, seven days a week.