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Old 09-05-2005, 15:01   #1 (permalink)
thedxsaint
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Getting better gas mileage

What are some modifications i can make to my 2000 ford explorer xlt 4.0 v6
SOHC to get better mileage?

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Old 09-05-2005, 20:01   #2 (permalink)
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thedxsaint wrote:
> What are some modifications i can make to my 2000 ford explorer xlt 4.0 v6
> SOHC to get better mileage?


Higher tire pressure is one of 'em. Drive slower is another- if you
drive 70 in a brick-shaped vehicle, you're mileage is going to be
lousy. Get rid of the excess weight, if you're hauling around a bunch
of heavy stuff.

"Drive less" works for me- rather than doing a trip today and another
tomorrow, I'm waiting til tomorrow to do both.

Then there's the motorcycle, which gets over 50 mpg. I take that when I
can.

There's no magic bullet to double your gas mileage, but if you drive
half as much you achieve the same savings.

It may be unAmerican, but I'm thrifty. When the price of coffee or gas
or whatever jumps, I cut back on it.
-Paul

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Old 09-05-2005, 23:01   #3 (permalink)
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"thedxsaint" wrote in message:
> What are some modifications i can make to my 2000 ford explorer xlt 4.0 v6
> SOHC to get better mileage?
>


Your mileage will improve as the price of gas increases.

Bob


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Old 09-07-2005, 03:01   #4 (permalink)
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You can cut back on other areas as well. For me, it means drinking
Budweiser instead of Corona Light.

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Old 09-07-2005, 08:01   #5 (permalink)
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Saw a full page ad in this morning's paper for some stuff you add to
your oil. Claims a 10% to 21% increase in gas mileage. Car magazines
used to call this stuff mouse milk, but haven't seen much for years
(anyone remember Wynn's Friction Proofing). Amazing what people will
fall for.

On 7 Sep 2005 01:39:13 -0700, "Mikepier" <mikepier@optonline.net>
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>You can cut back on other areas as well. For me, it means drinking
>Budweiser instead of Corona Light.

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Old 09-07-2005, 16:01   #6 (permalink)
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.... and there are always those rare-earth magnets that one tie-wraps over
the fuel line. The helical field supertwists the carbohydrate molecules just
before entering the intake manifold, resulting in at least 23% improvement
of combustion efficiency. A 37% increase in peak horse power is an added
bonus. Confirmed by carefully controlled studies from several leading
scientific institutions.

"Big Shoe" <j_shoe.removethis@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:nfqth1dae68v4soo9lv1k1juvs8fe07h9v@4ax.com...
> Saw a full page ad in this morning's paper for some stuff you add to
> your oil. Claims a 10% to 21% increase in gas mileage.



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Old 09-07-2005, 19:01   #7 (permalink)
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Sigh. We're drinking Miller Lites now instead of Corona Extras - half the
price, but only about half the buzz, too.

My '91 EB 4x4, 200K got an engine rebuild about four months ago. It had some
teething problems - lousy mileage, check engine light on, and so forth. He
finally "cleaned the injectors" and that seemed to do the trick - no check
engine light and the best mileage I've ever gotten (20 mpg mixed) for a
couple of months.

Took it back in last month for some front end work. He popped the hood to
listen to the engine (it still had a bit of lifter noise) and noticed a
vacuum line was off - I think it was to the defroster or something like
that. He plugged it back in, I left (having made an appointment for the
front end work) - and was most annoyed to see the return of the check engine
light and have my mileage plunge back to 13 or so.

After much scratching of heads, the mechanic finally concluded that my
catalytic converter was a bit stopped up, which was causing the O2 sensor to
trigger the check engine light (and the computer to keep the engine running
full rich - thus the lousy mileage). However, the unintended vacuum leak
apparently counteracted that and kept the engine running a bit on the lean
side instead!

I don't have a new catalytic converter yet and at the $400 quote for
replacement parts and labor it may get 'converted' into a straight pipe.
However, I did pull that vacuum line back out, and now it's running fine and
getting 20 mpg with no check engine light. I'm told that replacing the
clogged cat with a straight pipe will also encourage the engine to run lean,
so I can plug that vac line back in and have good mileage AND a working
defroster...what do you think?

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John Goulden


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Old 09-07-2005, 20:01   #8 (permalink)
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Happy Traveler wrote:
> ... and there are always those rare-earth magnets that one tie-wraps over
> the fuel line.


"Rare-earth" magnets??! Bah! The pro's use supercooled superconducing
magnets. You pull up behind a semi, hit the juice to the magnet, and
the semi pulls you along. ;-)
-Paul

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Old 09-07-2005, 20:01   #9 (permalink)
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John D. Goulden wrote:
> Sigh. We're drinking Miller Lites now instead of Corona Extras - half the
> price, but only about half the buzz, too.
>
> My '91 EB 4x4, 200K got an engine rebuild about four months ago. It had some
> teething problems - lousy mileage, check engine light on, and so forth. He
> finally "cleaned the injectors" and that seemed to do the trick - no check
> engine light and the best mileage I've ever gotten (20 mpg mixed) for a
> couple of months.
>
> Took it back in last month for some front end work. He popped the hood to
> listen to the engine (it still had a bit of lifter noise) and noticed a
> vacuum line was off - I think it was to the defroster or something like
> that. He plugged it back in, I left (having made an appointment for the
> front end work) - and was most annoyed to see the return of the check engine
> light and have my mileage plunge back to 13 or so.
>
> After much scratching of heads, the mechanic finally concluded that my
> catalytic converter was a bit stopped up, which was causing the O2 sensor to
> trigger the check engine light (and the computer to keep the engine running
> full rich - thus the lousy mileage). However, the unintended vacuum leak
> apparently counteracted that and kept the engine running a bit on the lean
> side instead!
>
> I don't have a new catalytic converter yet and at the $400 quote for
> replacement parts and labor it may get 'converted' into a straight pipe.
> However, I did pull that vacuum line back out, and now it's running fine and
> getting 20 mpg with no check engine light. I'm told that replacing the
> clogged cat with a straight pipe will also encourage the engine to run lean,
> so I can plug that vac line back in and have good mileage AND a working
> defroster...what do you think?
>


That seems highly unlikely. The vacuum leak really only affects idle.
If your catalytic converter was "stopped up" how could disconnecting a
vacuum line instantly unstop it?

More likely there's a problem with whatever the other end of that
vacuum line connects to.
-Paul

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