My "daily" average didn't reset last night because I was out too late. My mom had knee replacement surgery and I didn't get home until after 9:00 pm and I leave at about 4:55 am. I'll report both days' segments.
1) 53.5-5.9 miles
2) 58.9-5.9 miles
3) 61.8-9.2 miles
4) 62.3-9.2 miles
1) 45.7-5.8 miles
2) 59.9-9.6 miles
3) 62.6-9.6 miles
4) 59.7-6.3 miles
5) 56.2-5.5 miles
6) 68.9-5.5 miles
7) 72.5-4.8 miles
8) 58.9-4.8 miles
Average for the two days: 59.1 over 82.9 miles
Horsepower is how hard you hit the wall, torque is how much of the wall you take with you.
Today's ScanGauge average for 82 miles of combined driving is 39.8! My highway mileage has increased by 7-8 mpg with the TC fixed. The best I could do with EOC-ing and really trying for it yielded around 34-combined.
Now, only if the TCU will make up its mind.
There was a period of driving where it just would NOT lock up. I tried a variety of items:
Ensured D4 was securely selected
No overheating noted, temp = 213F -- blasted the heat to be on the safe side
Shifted back to D3 and D4, N-D4, and even pulled off onto an exit. Put the car in Park, shut it down, and restarted.
Still no TC-lockup.
Speeds were around 60. All day, like clockwork, when the SG showed 35 it kicked right in (very noticeable as the exhaust rattles at that RPM).
About 10 miles later it finally engaged. No loose parts, TPS varied.
I've come to one conclusion. If you have an automatic:
The torque converter. Can't live with it. Can't live without it. /
I am a believer in EOCing/P&Ging now (that last tank was in less then optimal conditions). Also, I have to say my tires probably have around 25psi in them right now (I have been too lazy and it has been to cold to fill them up).
2008 EPA adjusted:
Distance traveled by bicycle in 2007= 1,830ish miles
Average commute speed=25mph (yes, that's in a car)
Was cold this evening ~50ish F and I was too tired to do any FE minded driving so I set cruise and let it do its thing. Watching the IAT value was interesting. In the morning at cruise my IAT reads around 98F, with instant MPG bouncing from 21-25, but in the evening it dropped to 89F, MPG would range from 19-22. About 10 measly degrees between 2-3 MPG gain. And there is next to no difference in drivability either.
I'm figuring about 100-110 or so would be its sweet spot since last summer I was able to get 22 MPG tanks driving with no regard to FE.
I need to go junk yard hunting for an intake off a carb'ed 4.2 from a YJ or something.
Total MPG disaster today. Everything was going perfectly until I got caught in probably a 10 mile backup caused by two trucks that crashed and burned on the 105 West. 3 out of 4 lanes closed. No where to go, and not enough info from the stupid @#$*%&^@$#*^@#$ radio traffic report to figure out what was going on. If I had figured out what was happening, I would have been able to avoid it completely.
There was no chance to even try to EOC because everything was crawling along at maybe 1 MPH and the interchange from the 710 to the 105 is an incline. My engine coolant kept getting uncomfortably hot, so I would hit the AC long enough to turn on the electric fan and cool off the engine (gotta install that radiator fan switch to avoid using the AC compressor!!!!).
This is my bread and butter run for FE, so it has been a bad day on the gas saving front. The is easily the worst single run ever.
MPG : 28 (all time best for this route is 56.4)
Route : 10 West -> 710 South -> 105 West -> CRASH HERE -> 405 South -> Exit Freeway
Miles : 27.4
MPH Avg: 16
MPH Max : 70
RPM Max : 3042
Gallons : 1
IAT Reading : Hot Air Intake led to Input Air Temp readings of 150+ degrees F.
Net Elevation Change : ~210 feet drop
Weather : 73 degrees F, Partly cloudy, 37% Humidity, 42.5 degrees F Dew Point
Time : ~11:30 AM to ~1:15 PM, ~1 hour 45 minutes (normally 30 minutes)
I had a mixed driving day yesterday. Some stop and go city driving at first, but then all relaxing country driving with almost no stops. I imagine I was getting nice FE in the country doing 55mph or less the whole way. Ironically I was taking my brother to pick up a 2000 ford excursion that he just bought. At least it is the turbo diesel version. He said he averaged 21mpg with it on the mixed drive back home (compared to the 18 mpg for the exact same route with his 5.9L jeep cherokee). He doesn't drive all gas hogs though, I talked him into buying a 94 civic dx 5 speed hatch from a co-worker a few months back .
Best tank= 81.23 mpg on july 1st 2008
SAVE SOME GAS, SAVE THE WORLD!
Another 42 MPG tank. New O2 sensor was on this tank. Had more short trips then usual. I don't think I've peaked yet but I'll see how the next tank does. The temperatures are definately ripe for some good FE