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Gas Milage Question??


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#1 88xt6joe

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Posted 24 March 2004 - 01:06 PM

I can't figure out why now that it is warming up my gas milage has gone down the crapper. I think I can smell gas but I can't find a gas leak anywhere I've been putting in fuel injector cleaner but it doesn't seem to be getting better. Does anyone have any idea what I should check. This weekend I'm gonna put some new plugs in and see if that does anything. This is on my 88 gl wagon 1.8 FI auto.

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#2 Stupidru

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Posted 24 March 2004 - 03:31 PM

this topic almost always starts an arguement...but what the hay...here goes...the only cleaner I found benefitial is a bottle of chevron w/ techron...but skip swears by seafoam. I'd track down the fuel smell 1st...look over the injectors really well.

#3 c150L

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Posted 24 March 2004 - 08:27 PM

My 88 wagon did same and smelled same. I couldn't find the leak. Couple weeks later, I noticed that the fuel pump had rusted out and it leaked when running. Replaced FP, milage instantly went back to 27.5 mpg average.

#4 88xt6joe

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Posted 24 March 2004 - 08:33 PM

Thanks for the replys. I have been using the sea-foam. Yeah my gas milage is down to 18mpg. My motor has 181,000 on it.

Thanks, Joe

#5 Stupidru

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 07:32 AM

Actually thats not too bad, thats what I average on mine, but mine has a turbo. If you were getting better & it suddenly dropped, i'd look for leaks like c150l said. Try a bottle of chevronw/techron, its cheap.

#6 Meeky Moose

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Posted 25 March 2004 - 07:39 AM

my 88' gl SPFI automatic wagon gets about 22 with a bad slippin trans..

change your air filter and give it a tune up..

#7 greggbrat

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 02:22 AM

If you are going to use a fuel cleaner I recommend BG44K. Its about 20 bucks a can at NAPA but this stuff rocks. It cleans the entire fuel system and the combustion chamber.

#8 subusolo2nut

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Posted 27 March 2004 - 01:15 PM

We use BG 44K at the shop when everything else fails--Great stuff!! Interesting one for everyone--I have been using NGK B7ET (Mazda RX7 plugs) in my '85 Hatch & my Wife's '89 GL Loyale--they seem to give 1 to 3 more MPG--These are trinary electrode plugs--not to be confused with "splitfire" plugs--I won't put those in my worst enemy's car!!

Your "mileage" may vary--and you would need to play with the heat range :)

I started using them about 10 yrs ago--we were building MGB performance engines & indexing standard plugs, so just for play we put a set in a engine we had on the dyno--it made 6HP more with all other factors the same--- :D




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