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Old 06-15-2003   #1
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how to improve gas mileage

what are some ways to improve the gas mileage on my 2001 civic?
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dont floor your car at all.
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Pump your tires up a couple of pounds. If you're running 30, then run 32. Don't floor it and use the cruise control on long stretches.
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leave it stock... PERIOD.
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dont drive it.... but seriously if you have an automatic, just put along like everyone else
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im talking like mods or something
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i heard if you put magnets on the fuel line near the throttle body you could get better gas mileage, but i think its bs. it was from this site that sells neodymium-iron boride magnets... extremely powerful magnets indeed. they can hold each other and almost never let go.
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i heard if you put magnets on the fuel line near the throttle body you could get better gas mileage, but i think its bs. it was from this site that sells neodymium-iron boride magnets... extremely powerful magnets indeed. they can hold each other and almost never let go.
That's not advisable considering the whole car is electronic. The only way that'll save you gas milage is by scrambling the computer to not running.
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Umm.. excluding Si, why worry about gas milleage??
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I hear running higher octane fuel (pointless in our cars though) and spark plugs that burn fuel better make a little difference
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Trade your car in for a hybrid.
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http://www.mpgplus.com/
http://www.improvegasmileage.com/
http://www.utahgreenpages.org/transp...GasMileage.htm

I dunno what kinda help is there, I just did a search and gave you some interesting looking pages, post what you find too dude, I'm kinda interested
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Yeah definately don't fly off the line I know when I got my 215/45/17 rims I saw a change for the worse in gas mileage of course.
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Go buy that neat little "Gas Saving Tornado!" =)
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Here are some easy things you can do to improve gas mileage:

1) oil changes every 3000-4000 miles
2) rotate tires every 1500-2000 miles
3) keep tires properly inflated
4) make sure your intake isn't too dirty
5) drive smart - anticipate traffic and ease up on the throttle; don't speed excessively
6) make sure your engine is warmed up sufficiently before driving

There really isn't a gimmick add-on that you can buy that will increase gas mileage. Just follow these simple tips and you'll notice a difference immediately.
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here is the easiest way to get better gas mileage, trade in your civic for a hybrid or insight!!! haha. if your really worried about gas mileage id say do it. LoL they are slow as ***** though!
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The Civic Hybrid actually has more torque than a Civic EX (lower peak hp, though). It's actually not that slow and has surprising pep for a gas-electric hybrid. It's a nice little car, and if they drop the price in the future, I think you'll see a lot more of them on the road.
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changing your oil with the honda oil recommended for the car will boost your mpg a lot! i used to change my oil at like jiffy lube or whatever, but then went into honda for my 20k and they put in the special oil they made thats new and no one else has or something and its totally giving me better gas milage.
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The Honda oil isn't anything special. They probably just used 5w-20, which is thinner than the 30-weight oil that Jiffy Lube uses. Hence the better gas mileage.
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im not saying its anything special, but no one else seems to have it and it does save gas. doesnt seem to hinder performance either.
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on this site it says that driving with the windows open is actually bad for gas mileage; it is better to use the a/c.... i've never heard this? i thought it was better to avoid a/c for best gas mileage
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Sometimes when i want to save gas i just put the car in neutral and push it wherever i want to go like Piggly Wiggly and stuff.
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ok the best way to save gas in not to drive it at all. LOL walk
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on this site it says that driving with the windows open is actually bad for gas mileage; it is better to use the a/c.... i've never heard this? i thought it was better to avoid a/c for best gas mileage
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Think of it this way. You are driving down a long road and will not be doing much stopping at all. If you have your windows open, the air that travels in slows down the car similar to what a parachute does but no where near as dramatic. The A/C would use less power to get the same or better result. Especially if you have tinted windows and that our A/C is very good. My insight on that!
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Here are some easy things you can do to improve gas mileage:

1) oil changes every 3000-4000 miles
2) rotate tires every 1500-2000 miles
3) keep tires properly inflated
4) make sure your intake isn't too dirty
5) drive smart - anticipate traffic and ease up on the throttle; don't speed excessively
6) make sure your engine is warmed up sufficiently before driving

There really isn't a gimmick add-on that you can buy that will increase gas mileage. Just follow these simple tips and you'll notice a difference immediately.
Couldn't have said it better.

For mods that you can do that might help, free up your exhaust flow (header, high flow cat., cat-back exhaust) and lower the temp of your air intake and increase the flow (CAI or SRI). The beginner basics of modifying a car, Intake/Header/Exhaust. I heard that better spark plugs do well to gas mileage too.
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does that tornado air really work? increase HP and gas millage?
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2) rotate tires every 1500-2000 miles
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I've never heard of this before. And that interval sounds kinda excessive. For me, that's like once or twice a month. Did you actually mean 15-20,000 miles?

Even if it did make a difference, I'd rather pay that extra 1 or 2 dollars you save in gas per month (if it is even that much), than go through the pain of so much tire rotation. Not to mention all the wear and tear you put on your lugs and rims from so many rotations.
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does that tornado air really work? increase HP and gas millage?
I think he's just foolin' with ya. That stupid thing will probably hurt gas mileage AND performance rather than help it. Look at it this way: If something so simple worked even a tiny bit, would'nt the great Honda engineers incorporate it into the design? That tornado thing reminds me of that stupid sticker people put in the back of their cellphones...
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I've never heard of this before. And that interval sounds kinda excessive. For me, that's like once or twice a month. Did you actually mean 15-20,000 miles?

Even if it did make a difference, I'd rather pay that extra 1 or 2 dollars you save in gas per month (if it is even that much), than go through the pain of so much tire rotation. Not to mention all the wear and tear you put on your lugs and rims from so many rotations.
Dealerships will usually do a rotation every 1500 or 2500 miles. It's just like changing oil - doing it a little more frequently won't do any harm. America's Tire / Discount Tire will even do it free of charge for you. And it's really so much the gas savings, as the savings you'll get from not wearing out your tires as quickly.
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honda dealers use nothing special at all, other than genuine honda oil filters, they use Quacker State oil. Nothin big, so thats not the reason
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