Don't assume.. check it out. Lots of things can cause poor mileage.. not
just EGR. The EGR has a lot of myths associated with it and it's blamed for
all kinds of woes. All myths have one thing in common.. they are all
How is it running? How are you driving it? Are you running the AC all the
time? Did you check the mileage just once?
Thanks for your reply guys, LHJ the car is running "OK", we all know
this 4 cylinders are dogs, the idle is kind of crappie compared to an
84' Tempo I had years ago with the same engine size (carburetor). I am
not using the a/c all the time and the car is driven I would say 70%
city/30% highway. I have checked the mileage a few times and keep
getting around 250 miles/tank. I think thats pathetic for a stick
shift/ 4 cylinder car.
I had a 93' t-bird, auto v6 and I got around 300 miles/tank that is why
i was worried something might be wrong in the engine. I have checked
the computer codes with a scanner and it points to the EGR valve. Do
you think the best thing to do is take it for a computer test?
Your gas mileage will depend greatly on your driving habits. Even a 4 banger
can yield crappy mileage if you shift really high & stay at high RPMs..
downshift to slow down... take off from stop light to stop light.. etc. I'd
give the car a basic tuneup.. change fuel filter, PCV valve, clean EGR,
recharge/replace air filter, switch to full synethic oils in engine, tranny,
and rear end, clean ACT/IAT sensor, clean MAF sensor, etc. But equally
important... watch your driving. Coast when you can if you're trying to
squeeze every drop of mileage that you can... also fill it up & shift at 2k
RPM each time for a full tank & see how your mileage is afterwards... HTH.
A happy kid behind the wheel of a 98 Mustang GT
Cold air intake
FRPP 3.73 gears
Steeda Tri-Ax Shifter
Full Boar turbo mufflers
Hi-speed fan switch
255/60R-15 rear tires
Mike, I'm glad you told me. I am a new stick shift driver and in top of
that my hearing is pretty bad so I depend on feeling or sometimes
looking at the tachometer to check on the engine's rpms. I used to
shift at 2,500 rpms so that could be a reason, even if I never
downshift to slow down, must of the times the stick is in the neutral
Where is the EGR valve located on this cars?
I once wrang out almost 400 miles on a '92 2.3 5-speed car, but that was a
*lot* of highway and a *lot* of coasting whenever possible, even on the
highway. I don't recommend this though... I don't think it's healthy for
the transmission (fluid pump is on the input side, which is spinning slowly,
while the tailshaft is spinning quickly and needing more juice) to coast at
freeway speeds for extended periods of time. Coasting to stop signs is ok
though... and better on the gas mileage... so I encourage you continue that
All that said, I know the T-bird has a bigger tank than a 4-pot Mustang.
Have to compare apples to apples.
300 miles / 18 gallons = 16.7mpg
250 miles / 15 gallons = 16.7mpg
You *should* be getting better than 16.7mpg. I'd fill up until the pump
stops automatically. Do not top off. Drive the car around until it needs
gas. Go back to the *same* pump, and fill up the same way. This will give
you a much better mpg number. Miles/tank doesn't mean anything if your fuel
gauge is weird and you're putting 10 gallons in a 15 gallon tank (which
would put your number at a more respectable 25mpg).
The computer throwing an EGR code doesn't mean that the EGR is bad. The
sensors usually go bad way before the valves do. Don't assume the EGR is
faulty and that's causing your problems. It could be a whole other issue
and you'll just be throwing money away. Someone suggested a full tune-up...
do that, and then do whatever it takes to clear the computer's codes, and
you should be fine. Driving habits will also play a big role.
Thanks JS, this morning I took the EGR valve out for a visual
inspection, it was rusted and I couldn't push in that little thing that
moves the spring inside so that means it was at a same position all the
Knowing the yunk-material condition this car had when I got it, I went
to a local auto zone and asked the guy to let me check a new valve, I
bought it as soon as I saw I could open and close it fine without
effort. Tomorrow I plan to change the gas filter.
I can't believe previous owners didn't care crap about this car. I've
had to give it a lot of TLC to make it run and look decent.
No problem. Glad you're finding the solution to your problems. Clear the
computer after changing the EGR and see if the problem goes away. If not,
check/change the sensor.
Good call on the fuel filter. That's usually the most neglected filter,
right up there with the tranny filter on automatics. It may help you as
well, and your fuel pump will probably thank you.
Glad the EGR thing worked out. Good luck with your gas mileage issues.
glad you solved THAT problem... but you really need to know what mileage
you're getting and miles/tank doesnt get it.
refill at same pump point same direction all the time, divide miles since
last fill-up by gallons at shut-off
my wife's 88 2.3 stick conv got a steady 27 mpg... until I converted it to a
And 2500 rpm is not too high a shift point for a 2.3. mileage is worse if
you shift too low, as well.
I shifted my SVO at optimum 3500, for best mileage and fun; i got 23 or about
300 per tank
I shift at 2500, if I try shifting at less rpms, the car start to fall apart.
27 mpg is great, I am sure I get more less than that. This morning I
changed the gas filter, the gas coming out of the old filter was dark,
almost black. I also changed the oil and oil filter, tomorrow I will
fill up the tank and wait till it is almost empty to do the math.
One thing that bothers me is that this car doesn' t have a warning
light when it runs out of gas.
Bad News! I filled up the tank this morning and driving back home the
engine stopped running, I tried to restart it a few times but no luck.
Any ideas what could it be? I made sure a few times the gas filter was
in the right position, maybe the gas pump?
Give us more to work with. Check engine light? If so, codes?
Turn the key to the ACC position (right before the car tries to start) & put
your ear near the fuel tank... do you hear a hissing or whining noise? If
so, the pump is working. You need air, fuel, and spark to start a car. Check
A happy kid behind the wheel of a 98 Mustang GT
Cold air intake
No Check Engine light
Codes 67 and 18
The pump is working
There's nothing happening in the ignition coil, no spark. Replaced the
ignition coil and the same thing. Has to be something in the ignition
system before the coil but I have no clue.
Today looking at a Chilton manual I found out this specific car has a
DuraSpark III ignition system, the ignition coil has to connections,
one to the ignition switch and the other to the ignition module that is
connected to the eec microprocessor and this one is connected to the
crankshaft position sensor and to the ignition switch. What a mess, the
question is... what could be faulty that made the car stop at a red
light and never start again???
Ignition module can die. EEC could have possibly died, but I highly doubt
that'd be the cause. Crank position sensor can give up.
If I had to hazard a guess, I'd say ignition module, followed by the crank
position sensor. But remember, it's your money that you're throwing at it,
If the EEC responds and gives you codes, it's probably ok. The self-check
is designed to determine if there are any internal flaws.
Is your car DIS? One coil pack or two? (yes, some 2.3L Mustangs came
equipped from the factory with 8 spark plugs and 2 coil packs)
I was thinking by looking at the symptoms, the TFI (Thick Film
Ignition) module. This things are known to stop working without any
warning and cars have died even in the middle of highways. Ford has a
class act sort of a law suit against them because of this part.
What lead me there was one of the computer error codes (18) This part
is located under the distributor in a place where temperatures get real
high. It reminded me of my 87 dodge daytona turbo that had the same
problem with a similar part with the same symptoms.
I will keep you posted, thanks for your help!
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