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Snotty

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« on: November 13, 2010, 03:49:18 PM »

As many of you know I've been screaming about my lousy mileage for the seven years I've owned my Newport.  I just discovered something....
 
Having replaced 2 fouled plugs and one bad plug wire, I filled up yesterday and noticed that the odo was at an even 92,000 miles.  (That means I've driven it 31,000 miles since I got it in Novemebr, 2003.  Not bad.)
 
OK, before leaving the station I reset my trip odo to 000.0.  I drove the4 car yesterday and today and noticed...
 
...that my trip odo records the miles at a slower rate that the main odo!!!  Right now my odo is showing 32,065 while the trip odo shows 54.8!  That's a loss of 10 miles.  If doubled tghat would be 2o at 120.  I've been calculating my milage by the trip odo.  Therefore...
 
..I'VE BENN GETTING BETTER THAN I THOUGHT!!!
 
I'm glad of that.
 
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2010, 04:15:32 PM »

So you went from 6 to 8 MPG?  WOW!
 
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2010, 04:28:15 PM »

8 MPG.. I even got 10 MPG with my hogged out head 400 in my Aspen with 3.91 gears.. WOW

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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2010, 01:46:08 AM »

If you look close it's probably slipping when it goes from 9 to 10 (and 19 to 20 etc)  Mine does that once in a while.   I guess turning 3 drums instead of 2 is just enough extra force that it will hang up for a mile or two before flipping over.
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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2010, 03:57:59 AM »


Quote from: D Cluley
If you look close it's probably slipping when it goes from 9 to 10 (and 19 to 20 etc)  Mine does that once in a while.   I guess turning 3 drums instead of 2 is just enough extra force that it will hang up for a mile or two before flipping over.

Even my restored unit does this Dan.  Pretty frustrating.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2010, 03:59:54 PM »

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8 MPG.. I even got 10 MPG with my hogged out head 400 in my Aspen with 3.91 gears.. WOW


 
Don't listen to Steve.  I was seeing 9-10 around town and 10-12 on the highway with the best ever of 15 - once.
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2010, 04:01:17 PM »

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If you look close it's probably slipping when it goes from 9 to 10 (and 19 to 20 etc)  Mine does that once in a while.   I guess turning 3 drums instead of 2 is just enough extra force that it will hang up for a mile or two before flipping over.



 
Good thought, but not my problem.  I watched it lose a mile in five - in between the odo turning to 0.
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2010, 05:18:03 AM »

The odo and trip-meters on the dash are sometimes terribly inaccurate. Use a GPS-device to regsiter trips, it will give a much more precise figure of the miles you've driven.
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2010, 09:05:41 AM »

Thanks Sjak, but Real Men don't use GPS devices.  We use maps and we never get lost!!
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2010, 10:11:23 AM »

I know what you mean, but its just for keeping record of how much you've driven 

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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2010, 11:18:18 AM »

Quote from: Snotty
Quote from: rexus31
Quote from: D Cluley
If you look close it's probably slipping when it goes from 9 to 10 (and 19 to 20 etc)  Mine does that once in a while.   I guess turning 3 drums instead of 2 is just enough extra force that it will hang up for a mile or two before flipping over.



 


 
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2010, 03:08:13 PM »

 My MPG just went way up too!  I went for a "70" mile round trip last week on the "trip" odometer. This this time I paid attention to the reading on the regular odometer and it showed the trip as being 102 miles.  Since Phoenix is set up in a 1 square mile grid pattern, it's pretty easy to know how far you've actually gone (close enough anyway). Using  some quick calculations from the road map I figured the actual distance was between 98 and 101 miles, so my speedo is pretty accurate, but the trip odometer is junk, and I've never seen it go past 92 miles.......I think the little gear wheels are stripped out right there.
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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2010, 12:30:31 PM »

Quote from: krautmaster
 I went for a "70" mile round trip last week on the "trip" odometer. This this time I paid attention to the reading on the regular odometer and it showed the trip as being 102 miles. 
 
Makes you fell better, doesn't it??  :-)  I am actually driving my Newport now more than I ever have.  I came quite close to driving it out here to Wasco today - perhaps tomorrow I will.
 
However, it was foggy here - don't want to be cold.  (Dont want to put the top up either.) 
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« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2010, 03:58:40 PM »

You could pick up a few MPG if you just took the shrimp and left the shrimp boat at the dock
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« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2010, 04:58:02 PM »


Quote from: POLARACO
You could pick up a few MPG if you just took the shrimp and left the shrimp boat at the dock





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