With the hike in prices of petrol and diesel, car owners have not started using the best and eco-friendly option of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas). CNG not only saves your money by a huge margin but also it is one of the best suites for environment. There are many of the new car buyers or the existing car owners in India, who are planning to adopt CNG options for their cars. For the CNG car enthusiasts, we have brought few maintenance tips that will help them to keep their CNG running machines fit and fine.
1)Use a lower octane gasoline: It is advisable to all the CNG car owners to use the lower octane gasoline as the premium gasoline is too high in cost and results almost similar performance. You can cross check the owners’ manual to find the gasoline type favorable for your car. Use the premium gasoline only if it is quite necessary or required as per users manual.
2)Avoid over filling of CNG tank: Avoid filling your CNG tank completely as if there would be any additional gas, it would simply slop around or disperse out. CNG cars and CNG filling stations are available only in the metropolitan cities in India and other cities have not yet adopted the trend of CNGs. Although, the CNG tank fillers are aware of tank filling criteria, but you yourself inspect the fuel tank filling in order to avoid over filling of CNG tank.
3)Always remember to tight the CNG gas lead: CNG gas might evaporate from the tank if there is some passage or leakage in the gas lead, therefore, it is advisable to tight the CNG gas lead all perfectly, whenever you fill the tank.
4)Remember to park your car in shade: Most of the time, CNG car owners park their cars in open area where direct sunlight falls on the cars. This is not a wise idea as the CNG gas might evaporate if you park your car in open. Whenever possible, park your car in shade or under tree. You can also buy a good anti-sunlight windshield so that it doesn’t allow the sunlight to pass in the car, thereby, protecting the chances of CNG gas evaporation.
5)Avoid over usage of Air-conditioners/ Heaters: While traveling in a CNG car, always ensure that you use the ACs or the heaters to a minimum extent, as ACs/heaters consume ample of energy.
6)Always maintain the tire pressure: Always keep your cars’ tires properly inflated as under inflated tires consume more energy to run, thereby resulting in lesser fuel economy. It is advisable to inflate the tires of your car as directed in the users’ manual. Buy a digital gas measuring meter and ensure that you monitor the tire pressure once in a month. If you find that the tires are under inflated, inflate them immediately.
7)Always keep your car engine tuned up: This is the key mantra for better fuel efficiency. A smooth running engine always churns better performance and delivers excellent fuel economy. Hence, always ensure that you change the engine oil, transmission oil and coolant at regular intervals.
8 )Change air-filters at regular intervals: Inspection of engines air-filter at regular interval is necessary to keep your CNG car tuned up. If the air-filters are blocked with dirt or dust, the engine consumes more fuel and churns lesser performance, therefore, ensure that you change the air-filters whenever you find them clogged with dust or dirt.