How To Save Gas With a Mustang

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Ford Mustangs are only one of a number of muscle cars that suffer from low gas mileage. With inflation on the rise the people who own and love these hot machines are reluctant to part with them for more cost conservative models but still seek ways to cut down on fuel costs. With a little moderation and a lot of TLC, they don't have to. There are several ways to save gas with a Mustang.

Things You'll Need

  • Air filter
  • Tire gauge
  • Do proper maintenance. Change te hair filter. Keep the tires properly inflated. Typically the air pressure is 32 to 35 psi, but check the sticker on the inside of your driver side door for specifics. Take the Mustang in for regular tune ups. Use the Ford recommended oil grade during oil changes. See the owner's manual for proper weight as it may vary with the year the Mustang was manufactured.

  • Avoid idling longer than three minutes. Time spent idling provides zero miles per gallon efficiency.

  • Avoid rapid acceleration and braking. Drive at a consistent speed, and keep the speed below 60 mph when possible. Use cruise control to optimize consistency. Learn to coast and time approaches to signal lights. The fewer full stops you have to make, the fewer times you have to accelerate back to the speed of traffic.

  • Use overdrive to slow down engine speed and save on fuel.

  • Plan errands to make fewer trips and take the shortest route.

  • Avoid air conditioner use when possible.

  • Fuel up during the cooler parts of the day. Gas expands with heat, so you are getting more gas for the money during early morning and late afternoon hours.

  • Put your 'stang on a diet. Cut out any unnecessary weight such as unnecessary items in the trunk.

Tips & Warnings

  • Look for opportunities to carpool.
  • Avoid adding additives to the tank that are marketed as gas savers. They can damage overall performance.
  • Avoid calibrations away from factory specifications. Not only could they void your warranty, they could lead to increased wear on engine parts.

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