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Rattlehead 09-11-2008 09:11 PM

Help with gas mileage
 
I have a '95 Ford Explorer that gets bullshitty gas mileage, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on how to make the mileage suck less. Oh, it's a V6 engine. If any more details are needed, feel free to ask.

Reaper man 09-11-2008 09:23 PM

only fill up to half tank (less weight)
remove uneeded seats
easy on the acceleration and try to decelerate instead of hitting the brakes.
replace the spark plugs, clean the fuel injecters.

I think that's some off the top of my head, and I'm not an expert on cars. I'm certain someone more experienced could give more insight

Cornellius 09-11-2008 09:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Rattlehead (Post 82472)
I have a '95 Ford Explorer that gets bullshitty gas mileage, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on how to make the mileage suck less. Oh, it's a V6 engine. If any more details are needed, feel free to ask.

Standard or automatic ?

- Don't go too fast

- Use the correct set of gears (If you can use, say, the 5th to go 90 km/h instead of the 4rd, do hit. It's easier on the motor.)

- Don't start too fast

- Don't brake too fast.

- Check the spark plugs now and then

- Use the correct oil (You should use oil that's a little more thick in Winter)

- Fill the gas tank only up to the half (I don't suggest doing that though, because it can create condensation in the gas tank, and add water to the gas.)

Rattlehead 09-12-2008 01:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Cornellius (Post 82479)
Standard or automatic ?

- Don't go too fast

- Use the correct set of gears (If you can use, say, the 5th to go 90 km/h instead of the 4rd, do hit. It's easier on the motor.)

- Don't start too fast

- Don't brake too fast.

- Check the spark plugs now and then

- Use the correct oil (You should use oil that's a little more thick in Winter)

- Fill the gas tank only up to the half (I don't suggest doing that though, because it can create condensation in the gas tank, and add water to the gas.)

My transmission is automatic. In the area where I live (Northwest Arkansas), the average speed is about 50 MPH and my engine (if I'm going said speed limit) usually runs around 1,000-2,000 on the tachometer. I tend to try to not to push it past 2,000 RPM after the gears have shifted about 2 times. That gets me going at about 50 MPH, and I do so because in 3rd gear (or whatever gear it's in at that point) it shifts gears at 45 MPH, and on a lot of streets the speed limit is 50, so it repeatedly shifts up and down rapidly. I'm guessing that it shifting up and down like that isn't too good for my transmission or gas mileage.

Reaper man 09-12-2008 01:42 AM

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Originally Posted by Rattlehead (Post 82486)
My transmission is automatic. In the area where I live (Northwest Arkansas), the average speed is about 50 MPH and my engine (if I'm going said speed limit) usually runs around 1,000-2,000 on the tachometer. I tend to try to not to push it past 2,000 RPM after the gears have shifted about 2 times. That gets me going at about 50 MPH, and I do so because in 3rd gear (or whatever gear it's in at that point) it shifts gears at 45 MPH, and on a lot of streets the speed limit is 50, so it repeatedly shifts up and down rapidly. I'm guessing that it shifting up and down like that isn't too good for my transmission or gas mileage.

well, you could always go 60 ;p

Rattlehead 09-12-2008 05:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Reaper man (Post 82488)
well, you could always go 60 ;p

I could, but we have a lot of cops that patrol around this area and about 85% of those cops are douchebags. That, and I'm a 17-year-old male driver, which means if I don't get lucky and have one of the 15% non-douchebag cops pull me over for speeding, I'm royally screwed, so I have to be really careful. Oh, and my parents are 85% douchebags as well.

nobodys_friend 09-12-2008 09:44 PM

Everyone else got all the easy tips :P But I'll throw in proper tire inflation.

This one isn't going to help you, BUT in the interest of sharing information...

I built an HHO generator. Google it. They save you between 30%-50% on fuel.

Now, before I hear dozens of replies from well educated people on the subject telling me how it can't work, and explaining why, I issue the challenge to do what I did, research it out, unbiased, not trying to prove it one way or another. You may be surprised.

Next, build one. I got a poor set of designs from http://www.mindstrain.com/.

Yeah, the guy is a little out there. Yes, some of his reasoning is a flawed. (HHOO?) Also I didn't stay with his design as my person liters-per-minute didn't pan out. But the idea is there. It will show you how easy it to build one of these. And even from his stock design, you will get results.

In short, it does work. I tired it.

I'm eager to get an EGT gauge on my car before doing a dial in. I do not support the guess work methods currently in use by most doing this, nor do I approve most of the "kits" being sold by get rich quick types.

Bottom line, if you're the engineering type (ie not a douchebag moron) then try it. You'll be glad you did.

http://www.fuel-saver.org/Forum/index.php

P.S. For the love of humanity don't blow up your car or yourself and get these things banned by law. They work, and for those of us who enjoying the benefits, they are a Godsend.

Rattlehead 09-13-2008 06:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nobodys_friend (Post 82513)
Everyone else got all the easy tips :P But I'll throw in proper tire inflation.

This one isn't going to help you, BUT in the interest of sharing information...

I built an HHO generator. Google it. They save you between 30%-50% on fuel.

Now, before I hear dozens of replies from well educated people on the subject telling me how it can't work, and explaining why, I issue the challenge to do what I did, research it out, unbiased, not trying to prove it one way or another. You may be surprised.

Next, build one. I got a poor set of designs from http://www.mindstrain.com/.

Yeah, the guy is a little out there. Yes, some of his reasoning is a flawed. (HHOO?) Also I didn't stay with his design as my person liters-per-minute didn't pan out. But the idea is there. It will show you how easy it to build one of these. And even from his stock design, you will get results.

In short, it does work. I tired it.

I'm eager to get an EGT gauge on my car before doing a dial in. I do not support the guess work methods currently in use by most doing this, nor do I approve most of the "kits" being sold by get rich quick types.

Bottom line, if you're the engineering type (ie not a douchebag moron) then try it. You'll be glad you did.

http://www.fuel-saver.org/Forum/index.php

P.S. For the love of humanity don't blow up your car or yourself and get these things banned by law. They work, and for those of us who enjoying the benefits, they are a Godsend.

You tired it? Really? Eh, I'm just fuckin' around. I'll try it as soon as I have money, which is pretty much required to buy anything. On a related note...I'm sad now. No money...*sigh*:(

coolie 09-16-2008 05:08 AM

Try coasting.

Rattlehead 09-17-2008 05:09 AM

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Originally Posted by coolie (Post 82695)
Try coasting.

Impossible where I live. I've just recently noticed that I consume the most gas when I'm going to school in the morning. Of course, the road that I use is usually packed with cars. Traffic's sometimes so bad that it'll take me 45 minutes to get to my school, which I live not even 10 minutes from (if you're going the speed limit-- 40 to 50 MPH). So, yeah...


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