Tip & How-To about Suzuki SX4

Tips For Fuel Saving _ Hypermiling

T i p s f o r H y p e r m i I i n g.
The points indicated will help a long way to improve performance of vehicle, engine life, reduce maintenance bills except the periodic checkups, and lastly improve a great deal in going that extra mile for your costly fuel. Regarding Driving habits: Never ride on the clutch. Never ride on higher gear at lower RPM- avoid the engine pinking as one tends to waste fuel to power the engine. Avoid accelerating and braking at short length. Decelerate using lower gear without powering engine unnecessarily on seeing an obstruction, junction or stop. Highway driving - keep a steady average in top gear without over /under powering. Wind up window glass at higher speeds to avoid drag. Cut off a/c moments before you stop as sufficient cooling will remain also reducing strain on engine. Regular washing/waxing/polishing of body will improve aerodynamics reducing drag. Cut off engine at longer duration traffic signals, level crossings, traffic jams. . Fill with best grade of fuel as it improves power/performance of engine, incrementing the mileage ratio. Different grades are available but one can choose the better grade to give a longer life span specially for diesel engines. It has better octane value and purity. If possible try to fill up the tank as it reduces: Avoid Trips only to fill fuel. Built up of volatile gas over a dry tank leaking. Loss due to the numerous short fills -a percentage could be expected. Check up only at a determined period. Air Pressure confirmed as specified not less. The multi point check up including Engine oil, fluids, coolants, etc., Avoid changing workshops but keep the log book updated. Confirm with the service manager of spares changed- only with Originals. Brake pads, bearings, hubs are to be checked for obstructions to free rolling. Any new noise should be monitored getting worse wanting an inspection/rectification. Many faults go unnoticed by new users but will require the assistance of a friendly auto enthusiast.
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I have a 2007 rabbit, 2 door with 22K miles. What, if any, maintenance is required other than the annual oil change?

Well, I'm a bit of a ****** for preventative maintenance, mostly because I'm lazy and just want my equipment to work forever. So, here are some things that will be helpful: Around every 10-15k miles, it is best to change out the fluid in the rear differential. That's also a real good time to change manual transmission fluid. 50k is a good time for automatic transmission fluids. 50k is also a pretty good time to drain out your old coolant, and pour some new coolant in. Probably every 500 miles is a good time to take a look at how much brake fluid you have, and how much power steering fluid you have. Every month, no matter how cold/hot, run your heater for 5 minutes, then your A/C unit for five minutes to keep the seals stable. Every now and again, take a peak under your vehicle's frame, check EVERYWHERE for rust. You don't want rust sneaking up on ya'. Look often, and change every 30K miles or so, your brakes, make sure they are in best possible shape. Also, press on your bumper, and let loose. If you're starting to have stability problems (Maybe at 100K miles or so), it is time to check those shock absorbers. There's plenty of stuff to check, but it's mostly preventative. Might get a Chilton-Hayes style manual for your vehicle.

Oct 31, 2010 | 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit

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  • At 40,000 Use this Sheet


1. CHANGE ENGINE OIL AND FILTER. Reset oil life system. Refer to Engine Oil Life System. An Emission Control Service. 2. VISUALLY CHECK FOR ANY LEAKS OR DAMAGE. A fluid loss in any vehicle system could indicate a problem. Have the system inspected and repaired and the fluid level checked. Add fluid if needed. 3. INSPECT ENGINE AIR CLEANER FILTER. If necessary, replace filter. An Emission Control Service. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the California Air Resources Board has determined that the failure to perform this maintenance item will not nullify the emission warranty or limit recall liability prior to the completion of the vehicle's useful life. We, however, urge that all recommended maintenance services be performed at the indicated intervals and the maintenance be recorded. 4. CHECK TIRE INFLATION PRESSURES AND WEAR. 5. INSPECT BRAKE SYSTEM. Visually inspect brake lines and hoses for proper hook-up, binding, leaks, cracks, chafing, etc. Inspect disc brake pads for wear and rotors for surface condition. Inspect other brake parts, including calipers, parking brake, etc. 6. CHECK ENGINE COOLANT AND WINDSHIELD WASHER FLUID LEVELS AND ADD FLUID AS NEEDED. 7. PERFORM ANY NEEDED ADDITIONAL SERVICES. Refer to Additional Required Services. 8. INSPECT SUSPENSION AND STEERING COMPONENTS. Visually inspect front and rear suspension and steering system for damaged, loose or missing parts or signs of wear. Inspect power steering lines and hoses for proper hook-up, binding, leaks, cracks, chafing, etc. 9. INSPECT ENGINE COOLING SYSTEM. Visually inspect hoses and have them replaced if they are cracked, swollen or deteriorated. Inspect all pipes, fittings and clamps. To help ensure proper operation, a pressure test of the cooling system and pressure cap and cleaning the outside of the radiator and air conditioning condenser is recommended at least once a year. 10. INSPECT WIPER BLADES. Visually inspect wiper blades for wear or cracking. Replace blade inserts that appear worn or damaged or that streak or miss areas of the windshield. 11. INSPECT RESTRAINT SYSTEM COMPONENTS. Make sure the safety belt reminder light and all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors and anchorages are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt system parts. If you see anything that might keep a safety belt system from doing its job, have it repaired. Have any torn or frayed safety belts replaced. Also look for any opened or broken air bag coverings, and have them repaired or replaced. (The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.) 12. LUBRICATE BODY COMPONENTS. Lubricate all key lock cylinders, hood latch assembly, secondary latch, pivots, spring anchor, release pawl, rear compartment hinges, outer liftgate handle pivot points, rear door detent link, roller mechanism, liftgate handle pivot points, latch bolt, fuel door hinge, cargo door hinge, locks and folding seat hardware. More frequent lubrication may be required when exposed to a corrosive environment. Applying silicone grease on weather-strips with a clean cloth will make them last longer, seal better and not stick or squeak. 13. REPLACE PASSENGER COMPARTMENT AIR FILTER. If you drive regularly under dusty conditions, the filter may require replacement more often.

Aug 04, 2009 | 2005 Chevrolet Corvette

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Please note:

Honda makes reference to proper vehicle maintenance in their service/user manual. Consult your authorized Honda dealer before doing anything that may void your vehicle warranty.


Owner's Manual page 193-197.

Resetting the Engine Oil Life

Your dealer will reset the display
after completing the required
maintenance service. You will see
‘‘OIL LIFE 100 %’’ on the odometer/
trip meter display the next time you
turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.

If maintenance service is done by
someone other than your dealer,
reset the maintenance minder as

1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON
(II) position.

2. Press the Select/Reset knob until
the engine oil life indicator is

3. Press the Select/Reset knob for
more than 10 seconds. The engine
oil life indicator and the
maintenance item code(s) will

4. Press the Select/Reset knob for
more than 5 seconds. The
maintenance items code(s) will
disappear, and the engine oil life
will reset to ‘‘100.’’

Important Maintenance

If you have the required service
done but do not reset the display, or
reset the display without doing the
service, the system will not show the
proper maintenance intervals. This
can lead to seriousmechanical
problems because you will no longer
have an accurate record of when
maintenance is needed.
Your authorized Honda dealer
knows your vehicle best and can
provide competent, efficient service.
However, service at a dealer is not
mandatory to keep your warranties
in effect. Maintenance may be done
by any qualified service facility or
person who is skilled in this type of
automotive service. Make sure to
have the service facility or person
reset the display as previously
described. Keep all receipts as proof
of completion, and have the person
who does the work fill out the
maintenance record. Check your
warranty booklet for more

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Apr 19, 2009 | 2006 Honda Accord

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