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Old 04-08-2011, 03:28 PM
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Default Burning too much gas?

I haven't been driving my Ranger that much but when I do it feels like its burning a lot more fuel than it should be. It'll go from like 3/4 tank to 1/2 in 1 drive. I don't know if maybe my gauge is broken or if I'm really burning all that. Also I feel like I have to almost floor it up hills and to get going above 50. I'm not sure if this is all normal or not. It also just had a oil change and a new air filter. Any ideas?
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:08 PM
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Maybe just a full tune up would help you out, not sure how long its been for ya.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:05 PM
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I wouldn't go by the fuel gauge, there never accurate. Except the part where they read "E".... that can be fairly accurate. I noticed that after a fuel up, I'll get 75 miles before the needle moves off the Full mark. Then it hits 3/4 tank by 150miles and 1/2 tank by 200 or so miles. Every time I check the MPG I get 20 to 23mpg. But I agree with Kyle, a tune up (plugs and wires, filters and fluid) is always a good idea if it's been too long.
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Old 04-09-2011, 09:12 PM
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I wouldn't go by the fuel gauge, there never accurate. Except the part where they read "E".... that can be fairly accurate. I noticed that after a fuel up, I'll get 75 miles before the needle moves off the Full mark. Then it hits 3/4 tank by 150miles and 1/2 tank by 200 or so miles. Every time I check the MPG I get 20 to 23mpg. But I agree with Kyle, a tune up (plugs and wires, filters and fluid) is always a good idea if it's been too long.
Agreed. My fuel guage is actually acurate. But if it's burning a huge amount of gas and struggling to get 50 mph and up hills a tune up would help yes, but it could be a bad case of blow by or not enough compression too. Older engines tend to do this right when you need a tune up. Have them do a compression test, and cylinder leak down test to make sure when you get a tune up.
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:18 AM
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I wouldn't go by the fuel gauge, there never accurate. Except the part where they read "E".... that can be fairly accurate. I noticed that after a fuel up, I'll get 75 miles before the needle moves off the Full mark. Then it hits 3/4 tank by 150miles and 1/2 tank by 200 or so miles. Every time I check the MPG I get 20 to 23mpg. But I agree with Kyle, a tune up (plugs and wires, filters and fluid) is always a good idea if it's been too long.
My fuel gauge is consistent, but never accurate. It hits 3/4 by 75 mile EVERY time, and 150 by 1/2 every time. But when it hits empty I can drive it a good 100 miles before I run out, still havent run out yet so I'm assuming its somewhere around there but don't have the balls to go any further. You should be getting somewhere close to 350 miles a tank. Best thing to do is measure your MPGs next time you fill up so we get some solid data onto how bad it is actually sucking up gas.
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