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Cheap vs Expensive Fuels [closed]

What is the difference between the cheapest fuels in a place like Tesco's and the 'high quality', highly priced competitors? Is there actually any noticeable difference in available power, engine ...
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Gasoline grade manufacturer recommends vs what was used during testing

Toyota recommends to use regular(87) grade of gasoline, but tested cars with the gasoline grade 91(see user manual). Somebody know why they recommend to use grade 87 if they did not tested cars with ...
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What senses/controls how much fuel is spent for a given RPM?

When maintaining a constant speed on the highway whether up, down or flat the engine still has the same RPM (assuming the incline is shallow enough not to require a gear change) - common sense would ...
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Why vehicles use fuel and how can fuel economy be improved?

Why vehicles use fuel? Where does the energy in the fuel go? Vehicle fuel efficiency is continuously increasing. Why is this the case? What technologies car manufacturers are using to improve fuel ...
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Will an old engine have worse fuel efficiency than a new engine?

I have a gasoline-engine car that is four and half years old and has been driven for 60 000 kilometers. I have noticed that the fuel efficiency is not what it was when the car was new. However, I ...
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Fuel Consumption Paradox

I've been trying different driving styles for a while now, in an effort to reduce my fuel economy and tank range. I've found that I get the best results when racing around, as opposed to driving ...
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Fuel consumption is bad

I currently own a 2010 Honda Civic 1.8L and a 2012 Honda Jazz(Philippines) / Fit (USA and Japan) 1.5L. I just purchased a second hand Jazz/Fit about 2 weeks ago and the mileage is 32xxx. Btw we use ...
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Is manual start/stop good on older cars?

I have an old car (but with electronic injection) that predates by far start/stop systems which are used nowadays to save fuel (turning off the engine brings savings after 3-5 seconds, see Calculating ...
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2014 Nissan Pathfinder decreasing fuel economy

I purchased a slightly-used 2014 Nissan Pathfinder in January 2015 and have been using it to commute to work (almost exclusively, with the exception of the occasional trip). It currently has 41,000 ...
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1980 Chrysler LeBaron Failed Emissions Test

My 1980 Chrysler LeBaron (V8 318ci) just failed an emissions test. I'm coming from a state without emissions testing to a state that requires it. Specifically, the only part that failed was the ...
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Fuel consumption at same speed of different engine

I am wondering why two car running at 100 km/h for example with a 100 hp consume less fuel that an engine of 300hp. Even if I take a supercar lighter and more aerodynamics it will consume more. But ...
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Fuel Economy Gauge Modification

I have a little digital screen in my dash that re-evaluates my average fuel consumption (L/100km) every thirty seconds. How can I modify this to increase the reporting frequency? Preferably, at least ...
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How would a bad barometric reading affect gas mileage?

My wife drives an '08 Hyundai Azera Limited 3.8L with ~79k miles. Over the past few months she has been complaining that the gas mileage has gone down. Normal around town driving was getting us ~19.6 ...
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Fuel gauge not accurate

This does not always happen but it has happened twice in last 6 months. My fuel gage is accurate most of the times but these two times it was showing that there is 10-15% gas in my tank but my car ...
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How to calculate fuel consumption?

If i know the rpm at which the (tachometer indicated) engine is running and the current speed and the engine capacity is there a where to calculate the fuel consumption of the engine? Need not be a ...
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Does Max Power RPM Equal Max FE?

I was looking over the specs for a 98 Mazda 626 2L and noticed that it says the max power is at 5500 RPM. Will the Max Power RPM also be the RPM at which the engine is most efficient assuming you'...
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Integrating Fast OBD Readings and GPS

I'm working on a project to look at fuel consumption on different roads and I need the OBD reader to log the GPS coordinates every time it takes a reading. I'm looking at instantaneous fuel ...
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For 2 identical car models, 1 being cabriolet, which consumes less fuel?

What is the effect on car fuel consumption of having a roof or not? I guess it may depend on the car model, but generally, considering common commercial cars, which setting saves more fuel?
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Mileage varies by driving at different speeds

I drive my car a lot. I do lot of experiments with speeds while driving. Following are my observations: Driving at 60 - 70 km/h gives maximum mileage Driving at 70 - 90 km/h gives good mileage ...
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Why does my front wheel rotor is heating up more than rear one?

I had been facing high fuel consumption lately. To my surprise I discovered that my front wheel free rotation seems bit restrictive to my rear one even when rear wheel drags chain and two sprockets ...
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Are CO2 emissions proportional to MPG figures?

I was looking at the car tax (VED) system in the UK, as I'm considering buying a new car. I was just wondering, are CO2 emissions always proportional to the MPG figure of a car, both in theory - ...
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Which convenience features in a car affects fuel economy?

I understand that the A/C compressor runs with the engine belt, so it will always uses some HP when engaged, therefore it will have some effect on fuel consumption. What I want to know if there are ...
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How to find the cause of sudden high fuel consumption of a motorbike?

About my bike Model: Honda CBR 250R Total Run: 35000kms Total Time: 2 years 3 months Clutch Plate changed at 30k kms after an accident Engine oil, engine oil filter and air filter changed in last ...
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Fuel efficiency and volumetric efficiency

I was reading about the better volumetric efficiency of DOHC engines as compared to SOHC engine and was wondering if fuel efficiency is directly related to volumetric efficiency.
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How much fuel does it take to start an engine?

I appreciate this is a question that can't be answered in facts and figures, so I'm after a general idea. I drive a 1986 Supra, which has a modest 2.8-litre engine. I often shut the engine off while ...
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Loss of engine power between 2100 and 2500 RPM on humid days - 2011 Malibu

I drive a 2011 Chevy Malibu LT (4 cyl, 2.4L, 6 spd. automatic) and have been experiencing this problem for the past year and a half. Basically, whenver its hot (90f+) and humid out, my car exhibits ...
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Calculating MPG from MAP sensor (or converting MAP data to MAF data)

My 2002 Honda Accord V6 has a Manifold Absolute Pressure sensor (MAP). I understand that this sensor gives out information in pressure units (psi or equivalent). After doing a bit of research, I ...
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Is shifting to neutral on a decline more fuel efficient than keeping the gear engaged?

I always had the habit of shifting to neutral on long declines and using the brakes to slow down as needed. Intuition made me believe I'd be saving fuel as opposed to keeping a gear engaged. However, ...
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What is “Total litres (reserve, usable) = 15 litres (3.2 litres reserve, 2 litres usable)”?

I bought a new Pulsar 150 motorcycle. While reading its specs in the user manual, I found: Total litres (reserve, usable) = 15 litres (3.2 litres reserve, 2 litres usable) I assume that 15 ...
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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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What is the normal fuel consumption for a 1995 Toyota Carina E 1.6 CC 4A engine?

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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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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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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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 (http://...
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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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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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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 don'...
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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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What does Honda's 'Econ' button do? Does it truly improve fuel efficiency?

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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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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Car stalling in the morning

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 to ...
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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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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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Fuel saving devices, working or not?

It is claimed that a small unit installed in the fuel tank can save fuel 20-30%. The basic principle is reducing loss of volatile compounds via negative charged air. I really doubt the principle. (1)...
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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 gets 11 km/l in city and 14 km/l on highways. How can I increase could I increase the fuel ...
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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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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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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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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 ...