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rosedraws

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Location: close to the edge
Gender: Female


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 9:08pm

oldviolin wrote:

That car likely is front wheel drive I'm thinking, and only has bearings in the rear. If you've had brakes replaced likely they were repacked.
Get the CV joints and dust boots inspected in the front, as well as struts and rear shocks. Note any fluid leaks. Buy a quality injector cleaner additive and change the air filter every 3 to 4 months, even if it looks clean. Make sure that there aren't any rotten vaccuum hoses. Keep oil and filter changed regularly.
I don't think 26 or 27 mpg with a light foot would be too much to ask.


Good thoughts.  I know I need shocks.  But that wouldnt effect  mileage, would it?

rosedraws

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Location: close to the edge
Gender: Female


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 9:07pm

manbirdexperiment wrote:

Have you had your thyroid checked lately? Because maybe you should? Just in case?



Also on my To Do list. 
rosedraws

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Location: close to the edge
Gender: Female


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 9:05pm

Lazy8 wrote:
20K miles/year? Damn, I thought you worked from homeI

If wheel bearings were costing you 2mpg they would be toast, and you'd hear them. O2 sensors usually either work or they don't, they don't degrade and affect mileage without the fuel injection computer issuing an error message. Injectors ditto—closed loop system. By the time they are bad enough to affect gas mileage the car will run terribly. More likely culprits:

When was your last tuneup? On a car this age you might be due for spark plugs.

Tire pressure. This can sneak up on you.

Wheel alignment. If it's costing this much it's costing you tires too.

Do you have a temperature gauge? Is it reading cold all the time? A thermostat can stick open as well as shut, the engine will run cold, and you'll see a drop in mileage.

Have you added any accessories, like a roof rack or cargo box? They cost more than you'd think.

Are you running the A/C more than usual?

Are teenagers driving the car between fillups? Teenagers are hell on gas mileage.

Has the composition of your fuel changed lately? Gasohol will give worse gas mileage.

There are a few more things that might be sources of trouble, if I think of any I'll post.


I do work from home... but the other car is a lease so we're always using mine for trips, to keep mileage low on his.

I did have a tuneup last year I think, and wheel alignment. But, Lucky is the man with a reliable mechanic (not me, I'm afraid)

This is an interesting question about fuel quality being extra poor... I found rumors online about it... but it sounds like an urban myth.

I'll watch out for the tire pressure sneaking up on me.

Manbird

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Location: Oroville, Ca
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 9:03pm

 oldviolin wrote:

Anchors aweigh!


 
Have you had your thyroid checked lately? Because maybe you should? Just in case?
rosedraws

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Location: close to the edge
Gender: Female


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 9:01pm

manbirdexperiment wrote:

Have you gained a lot of weight lately?

Grown a huge goiter?Gotten into the bad habit of dragging your feet in the road while you drive?

Do you give rides to clowns?

Have you started towing an RV behind your car when you go on vacation?

Do you release the parking brake when you drive?

How do you like your steak? Well done or medium rare?

When did you quit taking steroids?


    no, really,  

great comments too

oldviolin

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Location: esse quam videri
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 8:59pm

 manbirdexperiment wrote:

Have you gained a lot of weight lately?

Grown a huge goiter?
 
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Do you give rides to clowns?

Have you started towing an RV behind your car when you go on vacation?

Do you release the parking brake when you drive?

How do you like your steak? Well done or medium rare?

When did you quit taking steroids
 


 
Anchors aweigh!

Manbird

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Location: Oroville, Ca
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 8:57pm

 Lazy8 wrote:

20K miles/year? Damn, I thought you worked from homeI

If wheel bearings were costing you 2mpg they would be toast, and you'd hear them. O2 sensors usually either work or they don't, they don't degrade and affect mileage without the fuel injection computer issuing an error message. Injectors ditto—closed loop system. By the time they are bad enough to affect gas mileage the car will run terribly. More likely culprits:

When was your last tuneup? On a car this age you might be due for spark plugs.

Tire pressure. This can sneak up on you.

Wheel alignment. If it's costing this much it's costing you tires too.

Do you have a temperature gauge? Is it reading cold all the time? A thermostat can stick open as well as shut, the engine will run cold, and you'll see a drop in mileage.

Have you added any accessories, like a roof rack or cargo box? They cost more than you'd think.

Are you running the A/C more than usual?

Are teenagers driving the car between fillups? Teenagers are hell on gas mileage.

Has the composition of your fuel changed lately? Gasohol will give worse gas mileage.

There are a few more things that might be sources of trouble, if I think of any I'll post.


 
Have you gained a lot of weight lately?

Grown a huge goiter?
 
Gotten into the bad habit of dragging your feet in the road while you drive?

Do you give rides to clowns?

Have you started towing an RV behind your car when you go on vacation?

Do you release the parking brake when you drive?

How do you like your steak? Well done or medium rare?

When did you quit taking steroids?
 


oldviolin

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Location: esse quam videri
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 8:53pm

 Lazy8 wrote:
20K miles/year? Damn, I thought you worked from homeI

If wheel bearings were costing you 2mpg they would be toast, and you'd hear them. O2 sensors usually either work or they don't, they don't degrade and affect mileage without the fuel injection computer issuing an error message. Injectors ditto—closed loop system. By the time they are bad enough to affect gas mileage the car will run terribly. More likely culprits:

When was your last tuneup? On a car this age you might be due for spark plugs.

Tire pressure. This can sneak up on you.

Wheel alignment. If it's costing this much it's costing you tires too.

Do you have a temperature gauge? Is it reading cold all the time? A thermostat can stick open as well as shut, the engine will run cold, and you'll see a drop in mileage.

Have you added any accessories, like a roof rack or cargo box? They cost more than you'd think.

Are you running the A/C more than usual?

Are teenagers driving the car between fillups? Teenagers are hell on gas mileage.

Has the composition of your fuel changed lately? Gasohol will give worse gas mileage.

There are a few more things that might be sources of trouble, if I think of any I'll post.

 
All the above.{#Yes}

Lazy8

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Location: The Gallatin Valley of Montana
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 8:47pm

rosedraws wrote:
I was doing math while driving today (I often do this).

My car mileage has dipped to even worse lately, not sure why. (25mpg to 23mpg)

So, I looked up ways to increase efficiency... fuel injectors and O2 sensors seem likely. I've also thought I might have someone repack my wheel bearings (my '02 Accord has 154K. I'm so proud!)

But then I was thinking... 2mpg...

Lets say I drive 20k per year.
25MPG = 800gallons x $4 = $3200 per year. (really?! shit. no wonder I can't make ends meet.)
23MPG = 870gallons x $4 = $3478 per year.

So, If I could get ALL that work done for under $300... I'll break even. In a YEAR. If I improve to 26MPG, It's only $123 more in fuel savings. $3478 for 23MPG, $3076 for 26MPG. $402 in fuel savings for 3MPG.

So, I'll focus on keeping my tires inflated properly, and driving more cautiously, and driving less (of course).

It was interesting to finally figure it out though. Although, I understand, in the grand scheme of things, if EVERYONE saved 3MPG, it would have HUGE implications to our fuel usage.

20K miles/year? Damn, I thought you worked from homeI

If wheel bearings were costing you 2mpg they would be toast, and you'd hear them. O2 sensors usually either work or they don't, they don't degrade and affect mileage without the fuel injection computer issuing an error message. Injectors ditto—closed loop system. By the time they are bad enough to affect gas mileage the car will run terribly. More likely culprits:

When was your last tuneup? On a car this age you might be due for spark plugs.

Tire pressure. This can sneak up on you.

Wheel alignment. If it's costing this much it's costing you tires too.

Do you have a temperature gauge? Is it reading cold all the time? A thermostat can stick open as well as shut, the engine will run cold, and you'll see a drop in mileage.

Have you added any accessories, like a roof rack or cargo box? They cost more than you'd think.

Are you running the A/C more than usual?

Are teenagers driving the car between fillups? Teenagers are hell on gas mileage.

Has the composition of your fuel changed lately? Gasohol will give worse gas mileage.

There are a few more things that might be sources of trouble, if I think of any I'll post.

oldviolin

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Location: esse quam videri
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 8:31pm

 rosedraws wrote:

I was doing math while driving today (I often do this).

My car mileage has dipped to even worse lately, not sure why. (25mpg to 23mpg)

So, I looked up ways to increase efficiency... fuel injectors and O2 sensors seem likely.  I've also thought I might have someone repack my wheel bearings (my '02 Accord has 154K.  I'm so proud!)

But then I was thinking... 2mpg... 

Lets say I drive 20k per year. 
25MPG = 800gallons x $4 = $3200 per year.  (really?! shit.  no wonder I can't make ends meet.)
23MPG = 870gallons x $4 = $3478 per year. 

So, If I could get ALL that work done for under $300... I'll break even. In a YEAR.  If I improve to 26MPG, It's only $123 more in fuel savings.  $3478 for 23MPG, $3076 for 26MPG.  $402 in fuel savings for 3MPG.

So, I'll focus on keeping my tires inflated properly, and driving more cautiously, and driving less (of course).

It was interesting to finally figure it out though.  Although, I understand, in the grand scheme of things, if EVERYONE saved 3MPG, it would have HUGE implications to our fuel usage.



 
That car likely is front wheel drive I'm thinking, and only has bearings in the rear. If you've had brakes replaced likely they were repacked.
 Get the CV joints and dust boots inspected in the front, as well as struts and rear shocks. Note any fluid leaks. Buy a quality injector cleaner additive and change the air filter every 3 to 4 months, even if it looks clean. Make sure that there aren't any rotten vaccuum hoses. Keep oil and filter changed regularly.
I don't think 26 or 27 mpg with a light foot would be too much to ask.

buzz

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Location: up the boohai


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 8:14pm

 rosedraws wrote:

I was doing math while driving today (I often do this).

My car mileage has dipped to even worse lately, not sure why. (25mpg to 23mpg)

So, I looked up ways to increase efficiency... fuel injectors and O2 sensors seem likely.  I've also thought I might have someone repack my wheel bearings (my '02 Accord has 154K.  I'm so proud!)

But then I was thinking... 2mpg... 

Lets say I drive 20k per year. 
25MPG = 800gallons x $4 = $3200 per year.  (really?! shit.  no wonder I can't make ends meet.)
23MPG = 870gallons x $4 = $3478 per year. 

So, If I could get ALL that work done for under $300... I'll break even. In a YEAR.  If I improve to 26MPG, It's only $123 more in fuel savings.  $3478 for 23MPG, $3076 for 26MPG.  $402 in fuel savings for 3MPG.

So, I'll focus on keeping my tires inflated properly, and driving more cautiously, and driving less (of course).

It was interesting to finally figure it out though.  Although, I understand, in the grand scheme of things, if EVERYONE saved 3MPG, it would have HUGE implications to our fuel usage.


 
holy moly! ya dun all that math in yur haid? and then ya dun re-memberd it awl? 
{#Stupid}
appy_monkey

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Location: between here and there
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 7:49pm

MrClean wrote:
Window crank removal: drag a shop rag into the space between the crank and the door panel, it'll grab the little metal clippy thingie and pull it right out, special tools my ass. :P


Safety First. Wear Safety Glasses, that sucker can fly off real fast.{#Sunny}
rosedraws

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Location: close to the edge
Gender: Female


Posted: Aug 4, 2008 - 7:37pm

I was doing math while driving today (I often do this).

My car mileage has dipped to even worse lately, not sure why. (25mpg to 23mpg)

So, I looked up ways to increase efficiency... fuel injectors and O2 sensors seem likely.  I've also thought I might have someone repack my wheel bearings (my '02 Accord has 154K.  I'm so proud!)

But then I was thinking... 2mpg... 

Lets say I drive 20k per year. 
25MPG = 800gallons x $4 = $3200 per year.  (really?! shit.  no wonder I can't make ends meet.)
23MPG = 870gallons x $4 = $3478 per year. 

So, If I could get ALL that work done for under $300... I'll break even. In a YEAR.  If I improve to 26MPG, It's only $123 more in fuel savings.  $3478 for 23MPG, $3076 for 26MPG.  $402 in fuel savings for 3MPG.

So, I'll focus on keeping my tires inflated properly, and driving more cautiously, and driving less (of course).

It was interesting to finally figure it out though.  Although, I understand, in the grand scheme of things, if EVERYONE saved 3MPG, it would have HUGE implications to our fuel usage.


Jimi_the_Saint

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Location: Kan-tu-kee
Gender: Male


Posted: Jul 15, 2008 - 8:04pm

MrClean wrote:
Window crank removal: drag a shop rag into the space between the crank and the door panel, it'll grab the little metal clippy thingie and pull it right out, special tools my ass.

:P
The ones I've seen are hairpin-shaped "metal-clippy thingies". I don't doubt that you've made it work, it just sounds like trying to use a coat hanger to jimmy open a door - it takes a while if'n you ain't used to doing it.
katzendogs

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Location: Pasadena ,Texas
Gender: Male


Posted: Jul 15, 2008 - 8:01pm

MrClean wrote:
Window crank removal: drag a shop rag into the space between the crank and the door panel, it'll grab the little metal clippy thingie and pull it right out, special tools my ass.

:P

Now I want to fix a window!
katzendogs

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Location: Pasadena ,Texas
Gender: Male


Posted: Jul 15, 2008 - 7:59pm

BlueHeronDruid wrote:


Indeed I do. And yet, when the "tire pressure monitoring system failure" warning light came on during my return from the excellent visit with youse, I just about a heart attack.

My low fuel light does that to me everytime. bing.bing.bing.

MrClean

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Location: just south of paradise
Gender: Male


Posted: Jul 15, 2008 - 7:58pm

Window crank removal: drag a shop rag into the space between the crank and the door panel, it'll grab the little metal clippy thingie and pull it right out, special tools my ass.

:P
BlueHeronDruid

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Location: planting flowers


Posted: Jul 15, 2008 - 7:57pm

Xeric wrote:
See? See? Did you tires ever worry you? Heck, no. The oil-change guys checked the pressure, maybe you did too before a trip, and everything was just fine. But now we gots a warning system, and when it fails, we gots a system to warn you that the warning system has failed . . . I swear, I'm gonna go repossess my '49 Chevy pickumup from my cousin. . . .


Guess how I learned I had a tire pressure monitoring system!

Nevertheless, the flashing words "tire pressure" + 75-mph =
Xeric

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Location: Montana
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Posted: Jul 15, 2008 - 7:53pm

BlueHeronDruid wrote:


Indeed I do. And yet, when the "tire pressure monitoring system failure" warning light came on during my return from the excellent visit with youse, I just about a heart attack.
See? See? Did you tires ever worry you? Heck, no. The oil-change guys checked the pressure, maybe you did too before a trip, and everything was just fine. But now we gots a warning system, and when it fails, we gots a system to warn you that the warning system has failed . . . I swear, I'm gonna go repossess my '49 Chevy pickumup from my cousin. . . .
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