Fleet owners need every financial advantage they can get because maintaining a fleet of vehicles is expensive. There’s fuel, insurance, maintenance, cleaning, and more to pay attention to when you’re trying to keep your fleet as cost-effective as possible. Today’s blog from CoachWest explains how to make your executive fleet more fuel efficient, including executive buses, limos, and luxury sprinter vans.
Check Your Air Filter
Your vehicle’s air filter is important because it removes dirt, dust, and debris before the air goes to the ignition chamber. Inspect the air filters on your fleet at least every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, and especially after a long run in an executive bus when your driver encountered dusty conditions.
Replace Airflow Sensors ASAP
Airflow sensors measure how much fuel to send into the engine. If the airflow sensor malfunctions, your air-to-fuel mixture may be off, which will decrease your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Most modern vehicles will send an alert to the dashboard with the Check Engine light when the fuel sensor malfunctions.
Examine Spark Plugs
Spark plugs are responsible for the firing sequence in the ignition chambers where the pistons do their work. Spark plugs ignite the gas-air mixture. If they malfunction, you may notice that your vehicle’s engine doesn’t shift as easily or has trouble accelerating. You should replace spark plugs every 30,000 miles. Check them every once in a while for wear, loose wires, and proper fit.
Look at Tire Pressure
Tires should be inflated to the right pressure as determined by the manufacturer. If even one tire is off, it might create an imbalance in the tires. Imbalanced tires lead to aerodynamic drag on the executive bus, luxury limo, or sprinter van. The pressure rating should be on the side of the tire. Understand that the pressure for some tires may be different from others, depending on how the weight of the vehicle is distributed. Look at the tire pressure of your entire fleet at least once a month.
Set Regular Maintenance Schedules
Consider setting regular maintenance schedules for all vehicles in your fleet, including executive buses, limos, and sprinter vans. Outline what you should check weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly. Scheduling apps really help with this if you’re managing an executive fleet.
Look at Fuel Economy for Your Executive Buses
At CoachWest, we understand you want quality and efficiency in your fleet of executive buses, limos, and luxury sprinter vans. Interested in buying a new vehicle that gets great gas mileage? Talk to the team at CoachWest. Contact us or call (310) 609-2900, and we’ll talk!