Re: Gas Guzzling Taurus?
> 97 Taurus 3.0 Vulcan, ~120,000 miles. (200,000km)
> Seems that my gas milage has gone -way- down recently. Anywhere from
> 14-19MPG, depending how much I'm on the highway. There are no fuel system
> leaks, and the system holds pressure. Also the engine has a very infrequent
> miss at idle when warm (maybe once every 5 or 6 seconds, not on every
> revolution), and will occasionally ping on uphill grades (I fill from a high
> volume gas station, and my other car has no issues, so I'm pretty sure it's
> not the gasoline i'm using) No codes, no service engine light, engine is
> always run with mobil-1 synthetic (although it's almost due for a oil
> change), air filters changed recently, plugs and wires changed last spring.
> I'm thinking maybe it's running too rich, due to... MAF sensor? Maybe a
> cleaning with 99% alcohol and a Q-Tip?
I'm assuming a recent tune up, including plug wires and all filters (and stock air
Contrary to popular belief, remove the Mass Air Sensor from the housing,you will
need a tamper proof Torx bit, Clean the MAF bead with alcohol(carefully). It often
helps with sudden poor fuel consumption and no other drivability issues. No guarantee
Your Taurus has lots of miles\wear on it. If the 14-19 mpg is combo driving, that's
about right. I do a bit more highway and my 98 gets ~18 overall. It's not a miser, but
far from a guzzler like my 84 Mark VII (12mpg combined).