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*** Looking to improve gas milage... ***

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 04tacomaSR5, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Jan 14, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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    04tacomaSR5

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    I recently did the math for my mpg and was a little upset with the results I found...
    I have a 2004 2.7L tacoma 4x4 and from my calculations I was only getting 15-16 mpg... to me that doesn't seem like that much for a 4 banger.

    I have a K&N air filter and the rest is stock ( in terms of engine components )

    does anyone have any thoughts on how to improve it or things to check that might be affecting my milage?

    Any advice would be appreciated!!!
     
  2. Jan 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM
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    Swanson52

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    I advise you employ the search function of the site.
     
  3. Jan 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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    04tacomaSR5

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    would doing the deck plate mod, flowmaster/magnaflow muffler, new plugs / wires help?
     
  4. Jan 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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    Intake and exhaust will do nothing to improve mpg.
     
  5. Jan 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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    04tacomaSR5

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    i did... mostly talked about the secondary filter removal...done.
    i may just replace the plugs because i'm not sure when there were done last... bought the truck about a year ago and I haven't looked at them yet...
     
  6. Jan 14, 2012 at 12:34 PM
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    04tacomaSR5

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    lol touche... i assumed the last guy did it because it was already gone lol

    are there any tutorials/diy things on how to do it... newbie when it comes to fluid changes..
     
  7. Jan 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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    No wires.
    Im at about 16 mpg mixed highway/city too.
     
  8. Jan 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM
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    Snowman... is yours the 2.7L also?
     
  9. Jan 14, 2012 at 2:32 PM
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    I would do a tune-up on it. Sparkplugs, possibly wires depending on their condition and mileage, fuel filter, synthetic oil change and maybe even seafoam it if you're ambitious and then see where you're at. You could also check for any codes to just to confirm that nothing's up.
     
  10. Jan 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM
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    know of any forums/links on how to change fuel filter?
     
  11. Jan 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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    There probably is in one of the stickys listed at the top page of this section.
     
  12. Jan 14, 2012 at 2:59 PM
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    There arent any wires to check. And unless your truck is missing and throwing codes wires wouldnt make a real difference anyway.
     
  13. Jan 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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    I have a little experience in school from Aerodynamics and just by looking at your Avatar I'd say loose the front bull bar and the camper. Both of those components are spoiling the airflow over the truck.
     
  14. Jan 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM
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    ^ +1

    Do you have larger than stock tires, if so that slows down your odometer and makes it seem like your mpg is worse.
     
  15. Jan 14, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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    I think it has more to do with weight than airflow. I lost approx. 1 mpg when i put on my camper top. I avg. 19.3 mpg with it on then again i also have a a v6 so i could be the 4 bangers have to work harder to pull the extra weight
     
  16. Jan 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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  17. Jan 14, 2012 at 10:24 PM
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    It's actually both but I was not going to elaborate because I'd probably loose everyone..
     
  18. Jan 14, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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  19. Jan 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
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    sounds great then!

    I'm liking the black tool box you have going on there Snowman!

    I had to make a hard decision between two purchases last week... new black rims or sound system.... Had to go with the system for now... but black rims to some very soon!
     
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