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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Friday, April 30, 2004 12:05 PM
because people buy it...of course <br>

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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 6:59 AM
svtthis wrote:

lol, totally false! If you have Pure water (only H20) that means that it will FREEZE exactly at 0* celcius, and will BOIL exactly at 100* celcius. Any impurities in water can change that ever so slightly.


Actually, the boiling part is right for distilled water. It was just on Mythbusters the other day. They put distilled water in a microwave for like 10 minutes. It became superheated and they were dropping stuff in it like the first guy who mentioned this was talking about. Whenever they dropped something in it the water blew all over the place. I'm not sure about the freezing part but I think it would probably work somewhat the same. If there is nothing to start freezing around (impurity) maybe you can get supercooled water? Cool stuff nontheless. <br>

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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Thursday, May 13, 2004 10:06 PM
I think the econ teacher said that because your car would weigh less. I bet (s)he thought it would save money because your engine would have to work a little bit less to get up to speed.

I dunno if it's true, or true enough to save a decent amount of money.
Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Friday, May 14, 2004 1:24 PM
keep your throttle body and intake clean. use fuel system treatment and injector cleaner as recommened. get a fuel system cleanin every 35,000 mi. not sure of its name but its called a 3 part throttle body cleaning at valvoline. costs 90 bucks but helps so much in the end. also helps keep your hp up. <br>


its not whats on the outside, its whats under the hood.
Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Saturday, May 15, 2004 2:33 AM
Very good topic! Thanks

Because gas here in Phoenix is over 2.15/gal and I drive 30 miles one way to work, I've been looking for some tips. In the past 2 weeks, just by slowing down (85 to 65), slowly starting (vs a "jack rabbit start) and coasting up to traffic lights I've noticed that I've gained about 60 miles to the tank...

Also, boycotting one company really won't do jack for the prices. I use to work at the main fuel farm for Phoenix, so bear with me because most other citys work the same way. Phx is supplied by 2 pipe lines. 1 from L.A., the other from Texas. ALL companies get the SAME GAS form the SAME refineries! What we would do is just monitor how much gas went into each tank, then switch it to a different companies tank. IE: we receive 100K through the pipeline, Exxon get 40K, Arco would get 30K and Quick Trip would get 30K . The difference comes into play with whatever additive each company puts in there gas (Techron, IQ, etc.). In other words, it doesn't matter if you boycott Exxon because the fuel may be coming from a Shell refinery, and every other station in the city has fuel from the same refinery.

the only way a boycott would work is if you boycott gas all together... that would force OPEC to lower the price they charge the refinerys and in turn lower gas prices. Also it may be a good idea to contact your state's repetitives, and see if there is anyway to get legislation passed to control gas prices. Here in Phoenix gas jumped $0.03 last week because of a pipe line break in California, and earlier rose $0.05 because of a RUMOR that OPEC was going to cut back productionALL





Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Friday, May 21, 2004 8:33 AM
*WTF
How the hell did loose the sticky, especially when gas is getting pricier by the week.

What's going on here??

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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Friday, May 21, 2004 8:35 AM
^ Nevermind! ^
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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Friday, May 21, 2004 11:35 PM
The best thing I've ever done to my car (98' 2.4L Auto) to improve my gas mileage was getting the autotrans interceptor and adjusting it to a level I can deal with for daily driving. Having the transmission line pressure set about 35% higher then normal I got about an extra 3-4 miles/gallon. The only mod thats ever saved me money. Anyone else get these unexpected positive results from their autotrans interceptor?

In NJ gas around the corner was $1.99 Wednesday, $2.03 Thursday, now Friday night Its $2.09, what the F'. <br>

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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Saturday, May 22, 2004 9:43 PM
I was reading JBO and noticed all these FAQs spread all over. I want to create a whole website full of these useful FAQs. I would like your permission to copy your FAQ onto this website(its not created yet). You will get credit and I will send you a copy before it goes live so you can make sure you like the layout and the infomation and all. If you would agree to this I would be very thankful as Im sure the j-body community would too.
Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Monday, May 24, 2004 12:52 AM
Ray,
I was thinking about doing the same thing, but I've been far too lazy. A compilation (with proper credit given) website would be a great idea .... make it clean, easy to read, and free --- it'll be a winner.

Also, I stole this octane explanation from www.howstuffworks.com:

Quote:


The octane rating of gasoline tells you how much the fuel can be compressed before it spontaneously ignites. When gas ignites by compression rather than because of the spark from the spark plug, it causes knocking in the engine. Knocking can damage an engine, so it is not something you want to have happening. Lower-octane gas (like "regular" 87-octane gasoline) can handle the least amount of compression before igniting.

It turns out that heptane handles compression very poorly. Compress it just a little and it ignites spontaneously. Octane handles compression very well -- you can compress it a lot and nothing happens. Eighty-seven-octane gasoline is gasoline that contains 87-percent octane and 13-percent heptane (or some other combination of fuels that has the same performance of the 87/13 combination of octane/heptane). It spontaneously ignites at a given compression level, and can only be used in engines that do not exceed that compression ratio.


One question about that ... is how 110 octane works? If 87 is 87% octane and 13% heptane, and 93 is 93% octane and 7% heptane, then what the heck is 110 octane gas?

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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Monday, May 24, 2004 12:54 AM
I should have kept reading before I asked my question...

Quote:

During WWI, it was discovered that you can add a chemical called tetraethyl lead to gasoline and significantly improve its octane rating. Cheaper grades of gasoline could be made usable by adding this chemical. This led to the widespread use of "ethyl" or "leaded" gasoline. Unfortunately, the side effects of adding lead to gasoline are:


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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Monday, May 24, 2004 3:01 PM
I am not a chemical engineer, but that was along the lines I would have responded^.
As for the added lead, that should be a big no-no. Especially since our cars are emmision controled vehicles and have catalytic converters. That lead will clog the cat up and cause a lot of particulates in the air.

As for running on higher octane, run so only when the manfacturers recommends it. Running lower grade fuel on a engine that requires higher grade causes to retard the timing. It will not affect it immidiately, but if you practice it for the sake of being cheap, expect a harmful effect in the near future.

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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 7:41 AM
I've found that if I run a few pounds higher on the air pressure in my tires my mileage improves by 2-3mpg. Granted the ride is a bit stiffer, but I'm not talking much, maybe running 30-32 instead of 26 that the sticker on the door recommends.

However, NEVER exceed the max pressure listed on the tire. <br>

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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Thursday, May 27, 2004 7:56 AM
Another thing to do everyone is try to carpool more. I know it is a little lame but you are not only saving money but also helping the environment! <br>

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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Friday, May 28, 2004 1:42 PM
gumout fuel injection cleaner the white bottle. with it my car runs so much better and sips gas i just got 380 miles to a tank running around for the UAW this weekend <br>

see ya!

Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Saturday, May 29, 2004 6:24 AM
I would like to add:

Shifting

Manual Transmission only
When you accelerate, you will see a little arrow pointing up. That is the "shift up arrow." That light will light up only when you are part throttle, it's the computer telling you to shift to the next gear in order to achieve maximum fuel efficiency.

yeah that light is the gayest thing GM has ever put on out cars. the light turns on at the stupidest times. when your half throttle going up a hill and it wants you to shift to a higher gear. try doing that in BC tell me how well you make it up the mountains. mine wants me in 5th gear going 60km/h i'll just stick with 3rd gear. i have never used that light and never will my 1 sunfires shift light was burnt out, it was awesome <br>


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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Sunday, May 30, 2004 5:38 PM
try watering down your gas....... sike...........

take a dump and a leak before you take off so that you don't add the extra weight to your car!
Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Monday, June 07, 2004 1:02 PM
LOL^ ya... that helps
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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 9:04 AM
Here is an article I found to help out.


Tips to Stretch Gas Mileage
Peoria Journal Star - June 12, 2004


Motor Trend

Record high gas prices don't have to take a huge chunk out of your budget.

There are ways to save on gas, area mechanics say.

Driving more efficiently, keeping your car in shape, planning and combining trips and possibly choosing a more efficient vehicle can help reduce the amount of gas you use, said Brian Shirley, president of Quality 1 Auto Centers, located at 901 W. Lake next to Kmart in the Evergreen Square.

Tuneups, regular oil changes and car maintenance checks improve performance as well as gas mileage, he said. By following the manufacturer's recommendations in your owner's manual, you should avoid fuel economy problems caused by worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid or the transmission not going into high gear, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Mobile Sources.



"A good tuneup goes a long way," Shirley said.



Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent, though results vary on the kind of repair and how well it's done, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.



It's also important to check and replace air filters regularly, Shirley said. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve your car's gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, according to the Department of Energy.

A car's air filter keeps impurities from damaging the inside of the engine. Not only will replacing a dirty air filter save gas, it will protect your engine, Shirley said.

Keeping your tires properly inflated can improve your gas mileage as well, said Bruce Kent, owner of Benson's Automotive Service at 2453 N. Knoxville Ave. in Peoria, who has been in the industry 32 years.

Tires lose an average of three pounds of air a month, so it helps to check them monthly, Kent said. "General maintenance on your vehicle can help your car run to its maximum capability," Kent said.

Periodic wheel alignments also are important, he said.
"That's another thing that people never, and I mean never seem to do," Kent said. "But it only takes one sixteenth of an inch out of alignment to cause tire wear."
Driving sensibly, and avoiding aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and braking, can save gas too, Shirley said.

(C) 2004 Peoria Journal Star.

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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 11:43 PM
The best gas saving tip I can think of is this:
If you need to take a long trip (to the cottage, next state or city) try to get on the road as late as possible. This will save you gas for many reasons <br>

...And then the Civic crashed into a tree and we all had a good laugh...
Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 11:49 PM
The best gas saving tip I can think of is this:
If you need to take a long trip (to the cottage, next state or city) try to get on the road as late as possible. This will save you gas for many reasons
1. There is less trafic on the road so you are less likely to use your breaks or have to stop at stop light.
2.you can coast down hills at idle and pick up some extra speed, since you don't have to keep a constant speed to keep from running into the guy in front of you or getting the guy behind you mad.
3. There is generaly less wind at night. Temperatures tend to stabalize and the wind is at a minimum. Less chance for a headwind or side-wind to slow you down.


Of course this is only recomended for the night people like me that can drive safely throughout the night. If you tend to get tired behind the wheel, lleave during the day.

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...And then the Civic crashed into a tree and we all had a good laugh...

Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Thursday, June 17, 2004 8:45 PM
Im not arrguing with anything "mr goodwrench" said, hes right on all counts, drive sensibly, keep oil changed, keep air and fuel filters changed and all of that regular maintinence stuff up to par. But chew on this, my '95 2.2 got up to 38 mpg and an average of 35 on the highway at an average speed between 80 & 85+ mph. This was at around 65,000 miles last year with original spark plugs (changed at 76,000 when it started missing). So ............ YEAH! <br>

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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Friday, June 18, 2004 4:02 AM
not sure what hte prices are like in the use but here in Nova Scotia canada in the city of halifax we are paying nearly $4/gallon... our gas is sitting at 92 cents per liter and there is roughly 4 liters to one US gallon.... sickening... <br>


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Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Friday, June 25, 2004 11:28 AM
Here's the best advice I can give, and I've driven probably over 500,000 km in my 7 years of driving. Use the cruise control whenever possible. In my lexus if I use my right foot I'll get 550 km to a tank on the highway, with the cruise I can get closer to 750...

All the other tips here are good but your right foot is the biggest factor in mileage.

Aaron
Re: TIPS TO SAVE ON GAS!!! (Save some $$)
Monday, July 05, 2004 10:02 AM
I check my milage damn near every tank I get. ANd I have concluded that I get 2-3 more MPG if I fill up at half a tank instead of letting it get close to empty.

Also. Whats everyones opinion on header giving more MPG?
SOme say because it flows better it gives better MPG. <br>

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