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Getting Used Car Up to Snuff (Was Re: Fuel economy)
Also, my trip-computer is clearly *not* to be believed. When I said
I got only around 21-22 mpg, I was quoting actual fill-to-fill averages
-- my trip computer consistently over-estimates by about 2 mpg.
Maybe its calibrated for Imperial gallons :-)
Well, I filled up yesterday, and I'm going to try and keep my speed
down to around 65 and drive more sedately. Horribly difficult
sometimes: there's always some guy on the Richmond-San Rafael bridge
just *asking* to be blown away :-). Let's see what happens.
Switch to classical music :-)
By the way, what kind of "tune-up" could one do on these cars
('85 5000ST)? I've put in new (Bosch Platinum) plugs and an new
filter (it may have been easy for some folks, but it was a real
pain in mine ..) but I can't think of anything else that I could
Yes, they are by Bosch, but.... better to go with the 3 ground electrode
copper plugs (gee, wonder where split-fire got its revolutionary idea)
How about a new rotor and cap too? Come to think of it, you just got your '85.
Unless you know the car's recent service history it is a good idea to do all
the preventive maintenance:
y plugs, rotor, cap, and, if very stiff, replace the wires
y "basic" adjustments - timing and mixture (sorry, need serious equip for
y drain and replace hydraulic fluid (I like mine to be nearly clear)
y bleed out all the old brake fluid until all is clean. Don't forget
clutch circuit on manual cars.
y lube the door handles
y replace fuel and air filters
y if its a slush-box, guess the ATF should be replaced too
y clean sunroof rails and mechanism well and lube
y replace belts
y replace coolant
Whew. You'll be busy for a while. :-) But it will save time and money later