Fuel gauges are horribly inaccurate. Fill up your tank and write down your
mileage, then drive until it gets to 1/4 or so, then fill it up and
calculate the gas mileage based on what the pump says you used. I can fill
my tank and drive 100 miles before the needle comes off of F then about
another 150 and its on E, then about another 50 before I need to stop.
Ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to
Fuel gauges are a little inaccurate. I always drive my car to a gas station,
record the milage in a log book. Refuel my car then calculate the average
MPG on your vehicle. Once you calculate the MPG doing it that way, the MPG
would turn out to be normal.
I have a 94 ford Taurus 3.8 and I find a similar thing.
You don't get very good gas mileage. The one thing to keep in mind if you
don't already know. When you put the window defroster on it uses more gas,
particularly in city driving. This is because of Fords brilliant Idea to
connect the defroster to the air conditioner. While I know that this is in
part to run the A/C in the off seasons so that it gets lubricated and does
not leak Refrigerant. It consumes lots of gas in stop and go traffic. I
purposely run it once a week for about 5 minutes which is all you need if I
have not run A/C that week. But if you leave it on it will chew up gas.
Did anybody say the oil industry and car manufactures are in bed together ??
The a/c coming on in defrost has a purpose. It dehumidifies the interior to
help keep side windows clear.
If it's cold enough the compressor will not come on, like below 20 F .
The real brilliant idea is the outside/recirc. air control in common in a
lot of cars. Most people ride around with it in recirc. so no fresh air
enters the cabin. How many frozen / fogged up side windows do you see in
cars with this feature? I see a lot in the northeast blowing down the
interstate at 70 with the side windows completely fogged / iced up in the
The average driver has no clue and is a menace riding around with the side
windows fogged up all winter.
The a/c on in defrost is idiot proofing plain & simple.
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