I have an 89 S-10 Blazer, 4.3, 700R4, entire drivetrain is new.
Did some research into the average mileage and found out that I'm
getting about 6mpg less than I should be.
What are some things other than tires, filters, and oil, to check to
improve my mileage? I refer specifically to the electronic engine
How do I check my fuel injectors to be sure they are not leaking <I
smell rich exhaust and replaced the O2 sensor-- no improvement>. I
suspect my injectors are letting more fuel into the engine by way of
leaking, than they should be- and therefore the engine is running
Using WinALDL, monitor the 02 sensor reading vs. injector pulse width. If
the 02 is slightly rich and the pulse width is narrow, could be the FPR is
leaking. Also, how's the timing? If set at TDC, try bumping her up to
4*BTDC to get a better burn.
FPR is brand new. Yeah, I know it could still be leaking. I bought the
new FPR, not the rebuild kit, as my FPR had a spring broken into 7
I'm mainly concerned about the injectors themselves. I am not
convinced that they are spraying properly.
Other than that, what else as far as engine controls, vacuum problems,
etc, could cause poor mileage? Basic tuneup items aren't what I'm
after- that's been done.
Got any idea of what the ranges should be on WinALDL for this data? I
will pull data at lunch and post it if you'll look over it for me.
Base is set at 4deg BTDC. Yes, I disconnected teh ESC wire.
When reconnectiing and checking timing after setting it, the engine
retards to something like 10BTDC
Also, while running a WinALDL session on the way home <30 minute
drive> yesterday, I noted 290 incidences of spark knock. <sends up a
red flag to me>
Also- while reading data, the idle wanted to go to 1500RPM <normally
idles just fine, at 500RPM or so> and the coolant temp went to 232
degrees <has never given me any problems before>. The only thing I can
think is that I must have used the wrong resistor shunt while reading,
and this put the ECU in some bizarre mode.
I am slowly beginning to understand the data- though the abbreviations
are not yet clear.
350-- well, if Doc would ever pull that pack outta his truck and send
it this way.. ;)
SFA: was originally going to be done last week while I was on
vacation. However, two weeks ago the wife and I put an offer in on a
house, and between being super-busy with the runup to that and the
fact that I will soon have a garage of my own <and therefore not have
to pay someone to use theirs!> I decided to put the project back a few
We close on the 28th, and then on the 4th June I am going out of town
on a task till the 22nd. Then in July I have a trip to the Mojave
again for work, so with any luck I'll get to it in August. I have
everything I need except for incidentals <brake lines, bolts> which
can be purchased locally, so it won't take long once I get the time to
get to it. Probably a week of working nights and weekends. But first
we have to get settled and get all the boxes out of what will surely
be a crowded garage.....
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