Fuel efficiency is always a main concern in any brand of car. Take for instance the Ford Ranger 4.0L with its 6 cylinder engine with a manual or automatic transmission in either 4x4 or 4x2 variants. Though with its powerful engine, you can still have decent MPG if you know how to efficiently use it.
Even with the manufacturers boasting that the Ford ensures decent figures in MPG as a standard, it doesn’t hurt to do your part to increase the MPG even further. The following are simple ways to help you improve your MPG for your Ford Ranger.
- Regular maintenance. Make sure that your Ford Ranger has regular maintenance check up. This ensures that everything is working perfectly fine and increases your MPG. Change the oil for every 3,000 miles or every 6 months or which comes first. You could also use recommended gasoline with specific combustion rate that enables the full potential of the Ranger. Buying gasoline during the coolest times of the days allows you to fill up denser gasoline.
- Warm ups. Minimize prolonged engine warm ups for your Ranger. Not only does it help the environment, it also saves up excess burning of fuel. Idling consumes about the same amount of fuel as you start your engine so it’s best to limit warm ups less than a minute. Be reminded to disengage the choke button after the engine warms up to prevent air mixture problems in the engine.
- Driving Habits. Try to improve your driving style and be friendlier to the gas pedal. Accelerating needlessly on an open traffic or having quick stops burns up more fuel than you think. For manual transmission, you can gradually shift down during stops or shift up with recommended revs for best MPG results.
- Excess weight. Have all excess weight from the back of the Ranger removed. These provide extra workload for the engine thus requires more fuel for the Ranger to maintain its speed.
- Tire inflation. Running on underinflated tires is one of the major causes for low MPG in any vehicle. It’s best to keep your Ranger’s tires in check if it’s within the recommended tire pressure. You can check this once a month or weekly depending on your usage.
- Know where you’re going. Know the exact place if you’re planning for a trip. This saves you both time and fuel while traveling. You can even assess the level of traffic, its peak and times to minimize idling on the road. Have your GPS set in your route to always have a heads up on traffic, detours and general navigation on where you’re going.
Taking care of your Ranger is basically synonymous to improving its MPG. You just have to remember the small details that enable you to maximize the power of its engine. But do remember that there are certain discrepancies in MPG depending on its usage. One can stretch out the MPG figures while on long highway drives but have subpar MPG results in city driving.