In reply to a message from Juano sent Tue 17 Mar 2009:
Well … if only I got that much.
On the road at 70-80 mph I get around 15 mpg.
Around town when I drive it long enough and far enough, I get
around 12 mpg.
However … most of my driving is short duration trips, less than 5
miles, 10 miles maybe at most. Because nothing has heated up by
then … … I’m really only getting about 8 mpg most of the
time tank full to tank full. Yikes!
Is there a way to by-pass that dreaded 15 minute fuel enricher
timer, and what negative effects would it have if that were done?
What does that operate off of? Coolant temperature sensor or
coolant level sensor? I ask because my coolant level sensor is
showing low coolant most of the time (but if I add coolant, it
spits it back out as it warms up, so I know the coolant is full -
just a bad sensor).
I’ve tried the trick of shutting off and restarting when the temp
needle moves up, but have not noticed a difference.
The only way I can make a difference is to drive it more. What a
novel idea! Except that adds mileage to a relatively low
mileage car (1983 with 66,000 miles on it) and I’m trying to keep
the mileage low.
Any way out of that Catch 22 and improve mileage?–
The original message included these comments:
trouble where there isn’t any. My 1986 5.3 gets around 12 to 13
miles per gallon in Fort Lauderdale, Florida city traffic. On the
road ( I95) at about 80 miles per hour I get about 15 to 16 miles
per gallon. Does this seem about right? Thanks.
Jerry Peck, 83XJS/past-54XK140,54MKVII,59MK,60MKII,67E,72XJ6
Ormond Beach, FL, United States
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