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cyncraw

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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 9:06:59 AM

everyone should prepare for the warm weather's effect on "summer gas" quality. gas mileage will be worse during these months so use other fuel saving measures like air in tires, traveling in cooler times, additives. Does anyone else have ideas?
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Madridjoe
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 6:34:07 AM

Getting better mileage now
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Treasurehuntxxx
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2014 6:32:23 AM

OK
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 7:18:08 AM

I hate the hottest part of summer (ie. August).
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twt
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 4:46:07 AM

I agree, with pghbill
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 2:24:27 PM

ok
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pghbill
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Message Posted: Jul 21, 2014 12:50:43 AM

stay home
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 8:32:42 PM

CYNCRAW writes: as mileage will be worse during these [summer] months so use other fuel saving measures like air in tires, traveling in cooler times, additives. Does anyone else have ideas?
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Gas mileage is better during the summer, not worse. Gasoline will have a higher BTU content and problems like denser air and longer warm-up times will not be problems.
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 10:36:06 AM

I always get better mpg in warm weather.
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 11:19:25 AM

ok
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counterattack
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 2:22:21 AM

Yeah, some people get better MPG during warmer months.

I don't know I think I get better fuel economy during the cold season. That could also be impart by the fact I don't go out as much when it is cold or raining.
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 7:22:05 PM

It MIGHT get to 70 degrees tomorrow. MIGHT.
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luvmyrv
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 11:44:17 AM

mid july and still preparing for warm weather....where the heck is it???
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PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 9:43:08 AM

I get better fuel mileage during the warmer months.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2014 9:06:54 AM

I am prepared, but I much prefer summer over the dastardly cold winters that we have been having in this area.
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drydem
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2014 7:47:00 PM

I normally get my best fuel efficiency in the summer time.... because I don't have to use the Air conditioner that often and because I know how to hypermile. .. for normal driver who don't want to learn hypermiling but still want to increase their fuel efficiency this summer my recommendations are...

1. Time Shifting - drive earlier in the morning when the driving temperature is cooler so you don't have to turn on the air conditioner or roll down the windows.. if you can drive at a time to avoid rush hour traffic too that will help you drive more smoothly which inturn will increase your fuel efficiency.

2. Trade time for Fuel efficiency - Slow down - give yourself more time to get to your destination. Drive between 20 mph to 40 mph whenever you can. To amplify the higher fuel effiency at a lower speed - increase your vehicle's tire pressure - over inflate your tires by 7 psi over the recommended levels on the door jam . Avoid jack rabbit starts and drive at the Posted speed limit or something less, anticipate stopping and slowly coasting to a stop rather than accelerate to a full stop. you goal is to slowdown naturally to 15mph to 8 mph before having to use your hydraulic brakes.

3. Lower Highway Speeds help increase fuel efficiency: for sustained driving at above 50 mph - up your tire pressure by 7psi above the recommend level, avoid driving over 65 mph whenever you can, optimize your vehicle's aerodynamics, e.g. removing roof racks, bicycle racks, the football flag on the antenna, and covering up the flatbed of the truck with a tonneau.

A more radical departure (thinking outside of the box)
..or things that might cost money....
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4. Use synthetic oil when you change your oil - it helps boost mpg
5. buy low rolling resistant tires for your car - it helps boost mpg
6. connect your car to scangaugeII and learn how to use it.
Run your engine between 60% to 80% Load - it helps the driver boost mpg.
7. In hotter regions, tint your window at the max tint allowed by law to
help keep the cabin cooler so the the Air Conditioner doesn't have to
work as hard.
8. trade in you gas guzzler and drive a more fuel efficient vehicle
like a Prius or 300cc Motorcycle..
Or switch to a BEV like a Nissan Leaf
or a PHEV like a Chevy Volt
9. Don't go it alone: learn how to use the local mass transit system
OR carpool.
10. Use human power: bike, skate board, roller skaters, or walk

HTH
Walter


[Edited by: drydem at 6/29/2014 7:55:54 PM EST]
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ricky3957
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2014 3:09:22 PM

what
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2014 11:31:34 AM

yes
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gvan
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2014 11:17:11 AM

I always get better mpg in warm weather. Most of my driving is short trips in city driving....a killer for fuel efficiency in cold weather.
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andersonns13
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2014 2:19:44 AM

I've always been told cars get better gas mileage in the warmer months. Unless you're talking about extreme heat (105+), I think you have your facts mixed up...one of us is misinformed.
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2014 7:50:28 AM

how will traveling in cooler times help? I don't want to pay extra for additives as cost is more than any savings per gallon
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Sugarshaneo7
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2014 11:12:37 AM

cool
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 10:47:08 AM

Yes. It's hot now.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 9:50:25 AM

YUP! Like get your radiator checked for layers of smashed bugs piled into it's air cooling crevices, from last Summer driving. Maybe you need a new battery for Summer or at least a cable connection check after driving through that watery slop of last Winter's (standing water) often contaminated/polluted with whatever ??? Road salt, brake dust, dog pee, pop syrup, bird droppings, cig butts, car body rust, oil/grease/gunk chemicals, ETC. like whatever junk/blended that can hang under someone else's vehicle chassis.

Blended may to yours also, depends on your habits, habits of driving in wet weather. I saw a lot of that Splash/Splash stuff driving this past Winter......
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 9:41:33 AM

Actually, my mileage increases this time of year.
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jes
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Message Posted: May 11, 2014 7:22:45 AM

Your facts are wrong. 'Summer' gas gets better mileage.
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ZZZoop
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Message Posted: May 10, 2014 5:40:50 PM

>>everyone should prepare for the warm...<<

Since most gas-saving tips apply year round, why focus on the summer?
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 12:19:16 PM

mpg's go up in summer
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 4:30:52 PM

"Gas mileage is better in the summer not worse."

I agree. The effect is even more noticeable with diesel. Winter diesel flows at colder temperatures but has less energy.
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CactusBobs
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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 12:00:29 PM

Gas mileage is better in the summer not worse.

Winter gasoline is mixed with stuff that burns faster like butane, to start your cold car faster.

Summer gas is more just pure gasoline so you get better mileage with it. summer gasoline is better for storage. if your going to buy gasoline for long term storage buy summer gasoline it will not go bad as quickly.

[Edited by: CactusBobs at 5/8/2014 12:08:03 PM EST]
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