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How much does spark plug gap affect fuel efficiency?

I've read conflicting reports regarding how plug gap can affect fuel efficiency. For example, I've read that too small a gap won't cause a clean burn, or that too large a gap can cause misfires due ...
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KIA Sedona 2003 Diesel Intercooler Turbo Low Fuel Mileage

I have a 2003 a Kia Sedona turbo diesel 2.9L, with intercooler. I am getting 5 km per liter of diesel consumed. I also have to do oil change and ATF replacement. I got the car 3 weeks ago. What are ...
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Brake Specific Fuel Consumption of 2-stroke vs 4-stroke

How much fuel do various types of engines burn per power output? I'm especially interested in naturally aspirated piston engines, and comparing two-stroke to four-stroke. The wikipedia article gives ...
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97 Mazda 323: Fuel Consumption and Falling RPM's

I have a 97 Mazda 323 BA 1.8L 16 Valve BP DOHC which I bought cheap third hand with no service record, and various problems. It's supposed to have a combined fuel economy of 12.65 kilometers / liter ...
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fuel consumption

What is the normal fuel consumption for injection type Toyota carina e 1.6 cc 4A engine? My 1995 Toyota Carina e car gives 9.5km/l in city and 12 km/l on highways. How can I increase it more? toyota ...
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Car stalling in the morning

So I have been dealing with an elusive CE light and some shaking of my car for a while now. For a while it was just shaking occasionally, I thought it was a moisture problem, but that doesn't seem ...
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Changed O2 Sensor and my mileage went down

I changed the O2 sensor on my 97 Mazda 323 BA 1.8L BP DOCH Lantis and my mileage actually went down. The car had the original sensor in it, with about 200,000 kilometers on it and I replaced it with ...
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What does a healthy spark plug look like?

The spark plug pictured here: Has some black carbon on the underside of the ground electrode and has black carbon on the "base" area below the centre electrode (not pictured). Is this normal and ...
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What is Total litres (reserve, usable)15 litres (3.2 litres reserve, 2 litres usable)?

I bought a new bike(Pulsar 150), and while reading its specs in the user manual i found Total litres (reserve, usable) = 15 litres (3.2 litres reserve, 2 litres usable). what does this mean, I assume ...
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Can I improve fuel economy by changing differential’s gear ratio?

I would like to use my Lada Niva for normal road travel, but at 3500 rpm at 100 kph it is not very fuel efficient. I don’t know what the current differential ratio is, but I assume it has been changed ...
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Oily Sludge in the Intake Manifold

When taking off the throttle body to clean my IAC, I noticed that there was a thick layer of oily sludge coating pretty much everything inside the intake manifold: I have two queastions: How did ...
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Low power, bad gas mileage, smelly exhaust after engine work

My 92 Civic has had low power (need to use at least one gear lower than usual to get the same power) and has been getting bad gas mileage (15-25mpg vs 32-42 mpg usual) since I replaced the head ...
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Is the ECON button just a placebo?

I recently bought a Honda Civic that had this in the car: I have no idea what it does, and how it's supposed to help. Even Honda's website is ambiguous, just using a lot of fuzzy words to describe ...
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How to improve fuel economy in high-mileage car?

I'm driving an 2003 Acura TL 3.2 with 177K miles on it. I bought the car with 110K miles on it. It seems to me that the car is not getting the same fuel economy that it did when I acquired it. I ...
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How is “Fuel consumption (economy) - combined” Calculated?

I have a Mazda - 323 S V (BA) - 1.8 i 16V (114 Hp) and the data sheet for it says: Fuel consumption (economy) - combined 7.9 l/100 km. How is this calculated and under what driving conditions?
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Is idling bad for your engine?

If I sit in my car for 30-40 minutes with the AC and the car idling, does that "hurt" the engine, or does it simply waste gas and pollute the air? Would it be better if I turned off the car? A ...
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How does ambient temperature affect engine efficiency and fuel consumption?

I remember from my physics class that the ideal-gas Carnot engine is more efficient if the temperature difference between the heat source and the thermostat ("heat recipient") is larger ...
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Torque App Mileage reliability?

I am using an OBD-II sensor and the Andriod Torque app to look at my fuel economy and see that it shows a whopping 37 MPG for my Mazda 6, 2005 (2.3 Automatic). This seems fishy as some random googling ...
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How much improvement from replacing an O2 sensor?

I'm currently getting about 19.6 mpg city in my 97 Mazda Lantis 323 / Protege 1.8L. According to fuelly a car like this should be getting around 26 mpg. The car has about 127k miles on it, and I ...
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More air pressure in tyre Vs Mileage

Whenever I inflate my tires to medium/recommended pressure the mileage is better and obviously when it is very low the mileage affected. But I want to know why my mileage affected even if I keep ...
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Why are American cars less efficient compared to european European/Japan cars [closed]

A normal average European car has a engine with less than a 2.0 liter engine which consumes 1 litre of fuel in 18-22 km. A normal average American car has a engine at least a 2.5 liter engine and ...
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What to check if fuel consumption is too high?

I think my car is consuming much more fuel than it should, I've compared it to other versions of the same model which have more powerful engines and mine seems to be on the higher end when is supposed ...
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What can cause a car to consume more fuel?

All over my long driver career, I had 4 cars (5 years). I always compare my fuel consumption with other people who have the same car. 3 times out of 4, I found out that my cars were consuming more ...
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Automatic Throttle Body and TPS on a Manual

This is in continuation to my question Fast Idle and High Fuel Consumption. I just bought a Manual 97 Mazda Lantis 323 1.8L DOHC 16 Valve BP ( apparently called a Protege in the US ) which has a fast ...
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Fast Idle and High Fuel Consumption

I just bought a Manual 97 Mazda Lantis 323 1.8L DOHC 16 Valve BP and I was amazed that it went through 1/4 tank gas ( about 12.5 liters or 3.3 gallons ) in one day after about 60 kilometers / 37 miles ...
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Is topping up the oil enough of an oil change?

If you use synthetic ester-based oil in a relatively new petrol engine, top it up regularly, and the engine runs very quietly and basically without any noise whatsoever (especially after another top ...
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How to increase fuel economy

What is the normal fuel consumption for carburetor type Toyota 3A engine? My 1986 Toyota Carina AT 150 car gives 11 km/l in city and 14 km/l on highways. How can I increase it more? Please advise.... ...
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Will a battery reset improve fuel consumption?

I recently bought a used 2003 Opel(Vauxhall) Astra G 1.4. I drove around 2000km's in the last few months (city and highway mixed), and I used about 200 litres of gasoline, which means a 10l/100km ...
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Is Petrol usage Proportional to Gas Pedal position

I was wondering about this the other day. Is the petrol usage in the car only influenced by the position of the gas pedal? So for example if I take my foot of the gas and coast for 30 seconds, would ...
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“Reserve” on 2009 Ford Fusion SE Range Calculator?

All, I'm trying to calibrate a smartphone fuel consumption application on my vehicle, a 2009 Ford Fusion SE with the I-4 engine. I want to get a "control" varible to compare against the mileage ...
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Car average mpg display correctness

I have been wondering about the correctness of the average MPG displays on modern cars. Mine in particular is a Renault Modus. What I did is fill the tank, drive around and then refill the tank to see ...
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Why do i have to service my gearless Honda Activa every 2 weeks

I currently own a Honda Activa which is of a 2007 make. After three years during a heavy traffic jam the conveyer belt got heated up and burnt due to continuous acceleration and braking. I got it ...
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Using narrower tyres than were fitted as standard, for reduced rolling resistance = > fuel economy

I have had several cars, which have all been "sporty", fuel economy has never been a requirement. Now it is. So I've bought a little 1.2 petrol which gives me 65mpg on the motorway/highway and 40mpg ...
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Can I install nano fuel economizer for carb type toyota 3A engine?

Can I install nano fuel economizer for carb type toyota 3A engine? Will it help to improve fuel consumption of my car without any issue?
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what is the advantage of octane 90 petrol vs octane 95? how it effect to fuel consumtion of a car? [duplicate]

i need to know about advantages of octane 90 petrol VS octane 95 or unleaded. how it effect to fuel consumption of a car?
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Most economical acceleration range

I am designing a GPS based acceleration meter for car. I'm planning to give user some scores based on his various acceleration practices. Not going to the electronics part of GPS, i want to know in ...
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Need to know about spark plug

What is the most suitable spark plug for Toyota 3A engine in Asia? (NGK/Champion/denso/BOSCH and also copper/platinum or iridium) Please explain the differences/advantages between them and how it ...
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Peugeot 206 Fuel Economy Issues

I have a Peugeot 206 type 2(1365cc - 8 valve). It uses 7 liters per 100km in city and 10 liters per 100km in highway! What is the problem?
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Fuel Consumption and other Fuel related data from basic OBD-II parameters

I want to know how can i obtain the values of Fuel Consumption, Fuel Economy and other fuel related information from basic OBD-II parameters like Vehicle Speed, RPM, TPS etc. I have noticed that not ...
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Will a 12 V cooler box significantly affect the performance/gas mileage of my car?

I have an Apollo brand 12 Volt Cooler/Warmer, designed to plug in to my car's 12 V cigarette lighter. I am wondering if the power this device uses will significantly affect my car's performance or ...
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Improving fuel economy in high-milage automatic transmission car

Obviously this question is similar to How to improve fuel economy in high-mileage car? except I am asking specifically about automatic transmission car. The car still delivers lots of ...
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Does the tachometer provide any indication of fuel usage?

So, I'm driving along on the highway with the A/C blasting when I notice the price of gas. It makes me think, "what can I do to increase my fuel efficiency?" Some of the tips I've heard have included ...
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How different is the injection phase in a BMW M41 Engine in flat terrain vs climbing terrain?

Let's say I am driving in a BMW 318 TDS (gasoil) : on flat terrain, at 70km/h, with only one passenger, at 2000rpm on a climbing terrain, at 70km/h, with 4 passengers and a loaded car at 2000rpm ...
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Effect of loss of fuel tank vapours on mileage

Are there any estimates available on how much fuel you can expect to lose from a fuel tank that is leaking vapours? Leaking vapours would be caused by cracked/missing evaporative emissions hoses, a ...
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Fuel efficiency and Shifting/RPM

I was reading a thread in a car forum where someone wrote: The lower the RPM, the less fuel you use, the less strain you put on everything.. Another person then replied, stating: Not true. ...
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Trip computer reported MPG with engine remap or chip

A question related to Car average mpg display correctness I suppose, but say if a piggy back chip (e.g. http://www.dieselandpetroltuning.co.uk/) was added to a diesel car with trip computer, would the ...
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Fuel consumption: Coasting vs in gear without thrust [duplicate]

If you're driving downhill would it be more economical to put the car in neutral and coast, or leave the car in gear and let the wheels drive the engine? Please ignore any safety concerns for this ...
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Engine Size and Fuel Consumption

I have this weird misconception that the engine size is related to the amount of fuel being burned in one cycle(4-stroke engine). I know this is stupid but how does engine size relate to the amount of ...
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Are L/100km figures reported by the Canadian government attainable?

I'm in the market for a new car, and fuel efficiency is important since I'm commuting 2 hours a day. The EPA and Canadian governments use different measures of fuel efficiency. I don't mean just the ...
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Does accelerating faster worsen fuel efficiency?

I've often heard that accelerating harder makes for bad fuel efficiency, but have yet to be given a sound explanation of why. Naturally this makes me question this advice. Now obviously when you ...