04.02.2015

NGK tips help drivers to save with possible increase in fuel prices

With the recent announcement that an increase in the price of fuels will surely come, but still with no date and percentages set, the pockets of owners of vehicles will take, within a short time, the difference in time to fill. NGK, largest manufacturer and specialist in spark plugs and ignition cables worldwide, points out that a correct maintenance on some equipment of the vehicle can assist in fuel economy and minimize the effects of a further increase in prices.

In addition to keeping tires calibrated and with little wear, drive with the closed glazing or air-conditioning off, without sudden braking and acceleration, the periodic maintenance of air filters and other components can make a difference and significantly reduce spending on fuel.

Among the equipment that deserve special attention, the spark plug has a fundamental role in fuel economy, because it is the component that will ensure that all the fuel will be burned, so perform malfunction will result in an incomplete burning and waste.

Spark plugs with irregular operation may decrease the performance of the vehicle making difficult the starting, causing failures during recoveries, increased levels of emissions of gaseous pollutants and significantly damaging the fuel consumption. The use of these items with the outdated useful life can also compromise other components of the vehicle, as the rotor, distributor and coil/transformer.

Important to note that many automakers recommend that for vehicles exposed an excessively heavy traffic, the maintenance plan is cut-off in half. That is, if the automaker’s manual suggests replacement of spark plugs every 20,000 km must cut the maintenance plan in half. NGK recommends that the spark plugs are checked every 10,000 km or every year, whichever occurs first.

The ignition cables, responsible for conduct high voltage produced by the coil (transformer) to the spark plugs, without allowing current leakage also require periodic checking, which should be done every 60,000 km or every three years.

Lambda Sensor

The oxygen sensor, also known as lambda sensor and marketed under the brand NTK, is responsible for examining the condition of the fuel burning of the vehicle, exercising a fundamental role in the control of pollutants emission and economy of this fuel.

The part in good condition is an essential item for the vehicle exercise the correct burning of fuel without wastes since the sensor compares the concentration of oxygen in the gases of the engine with the ambient air, making it possible to adjust the amount of fuel injected into the combustion chamber. In addition, the sensor with malfunction operation can also accelerate the deterioration in other vehicle equipment such as advanced damage in catalyst.

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