Recently, a News 13 article reported on the increasing gas prices consumers are seeing at the pumps in Orlando. According to oil industry experts, the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East is the main contributor to the skyrocketing cost of fuel in the state, and across the nation.
The Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia, is one of the country’s biggest sources of crude oil, which is then refined for distribution to gas pumps across the country. When prices rise or fall in the Middle East for whatever reason, this causes a domino effect that eventually trickles down to ordinary consumers.
Vehicle owners concerned about how the increasing cost of purchasing fuel for their vehicles might affect their budgets can turn to a reputable Orlando auto repair company, like Fast Lane Automotive, for help. Trained technicians with experience on fuel line problems can help car owners save money at the pump by improving the gas mileage of their vehicles.
There are several car parts that technicians may replace to improve the fuel efficiency of a vehicle. The mass air flow sensor is one of these. This device measures the air flow entering the engine, which it then feeds to the engine’s computer. When the mass air flow sensor gets dirty, this can cause inaccurate information to be sent to the computer, consequently causing it to improperly regulate engine function and reduce fuel economy.
Technicians might also replace oxygen sensor for the same reason. This device monitors exhaust flow before and after the catalytic converter and transmits this data to the engine’s computer, which adjusts fuel injection levels. It can report inaccurate measurements when damaged or with age.
Finally, the spark plugs, which ignite the mixture of fuel and air in the combustion chamber in the engine, may also need replacing. Old spark plugs can misfire, which can have several detrimental effects.
When spark plugs don’t fire correctly, fuel in the engine might not ignite at the appropriate time. This keeps fuel from burning completely, which, in and of itself, already negatively affects fuel economy, and also causes the engine to use more fuel to draw the same amount of power.
By sending a vehicle for auto repair in Orlando to improve its gas mileage, vehicle owners can worry less about international pressures affecting the cost of oil and focus on more important things, such as getting the kids to school on time or taking that road trip the family has been waiting for months.
(Source: Experts: Increase in gas price due to turmoil in Middle East, News 13, June 19, 2014)