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Tune up thread

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by vantaco, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. Mar 7, 2011 at 8:16 AM
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    vantaco

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    with the rising gas prices, and new threads everyday about "how can i increase my mpg" i thought a simple thread that lists "tune ups" might

    try replacing the following if they have not been done in a while:

    - air filter
    - fuel filter
    - spark plugs
    - plug wires
    - oil and filter

    try cleaning the following:

    - maf
    - throttle body

    keep up general maintenance of the truck, such as greasing the drive line frequently (every other oil change)

    mods that may help

    - deck plate mod
    - tonneau covers or a canop have been proven to help mpg


    use seafoam in the engine and fuel system to clean them out (do this before replacing spark plugs as the seafoam is hard on the plugs)


    use highway tires to decrease rolling resistance, keep tires at 32 psi


    if you have more tips/tricks to add, post them and i will update the first post
     
  2. Mar 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM
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    TacoVerde

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    don't drive like an ass, anticipate traffic, use gas and brake sparingly

    use ac only when needed, slip in neutral at reds if an auto, lighter rims, remove any unnecessary cargo

    BUY A 4-BANGER:D
     
  3. Mar 7, 2011 at 9:31 AM
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    geoff06

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    get a bed extender and/or drive with your tailgate down when possible, if you don't have a tonneau or cap. use fuel injector/system cleaner fuel additive every couple 1000 miles. however awesome mud terrain tires look, they eat away at gas mileage on the road
     
  4. Mar 30, 2011 at 12:18 AM
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    How do you clean the throttle body exactly? I feel like I should know this but I have just never had to do it to a vehicle before.

    thanks
     
  5. Mar 30, 2011 at 12:58 AM
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    Camo23

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    Not much yet
    slipping into neutral if an auto actually raises your rpms and gas use... not by much but still. and ya buy a 4 banger or car
     
  6. Mar 30, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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    X2
     
  7. Mar 30, 2011 at 2:38 PM
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  8. Mar 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM
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    ya but it reduces engine load idk i think it depends on the transmission/torque converte setup

    2tr-fe ftw lol:eek:
     
  9. Mar 31, 2011 at 12:41 AM
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    Not much yet
    eh i still enjoy my V6:cool:
     
  10. Apr 3, 2011 at 7:54 PM
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    In addition to this stuff, which is good advice, change out your driveline libricants to synthetics. Differentials, transfer case and transmission (if a manual). It makes a 1-2 mpg difference.
     
  12. Apr 25, 2011 at 12:50 AM
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    i replaced all 3 ignition coils on my 3.4 and picked up another 40 miles per fill up.
     
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    Keep rpm's below 2k while accelerating. ;)
     
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    wow really?
     
  15. Apr 25, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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    ya no kidding, wow

    how much were they and where did you get them from?

    how did you know your old ones where done?
     
  16. Apr 25, 2011 at 11:57 AM
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    definitely going to throw the synthetic in my diff and tranny when i do the oil change. after 260k miles, my 2.4 could use some love.
     
  17. Apr 25, 2011 at 4:28 PM
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    Guess a good K&N air filter and deck plate mod couldn't hurt?!

    Installed my filter today... deck plate mod whenever I sack up and do it... is it a lot of work?
     
  18. Apr 25, 2011 at 4:43 PM
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    i brought the set of 3 for 85.00 from usa auto parts. i also replaced the wires also. i have 267k on my taco. i figured she was due for some new ones. brought my mpg up too 17 mpg, was getting 15.5.
     
  19. Apr 25, 2011 at 5:31 PM
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    No - you have to remove three bolts and loosen 1 clamp. Then cut the hole for the deckplate and screw/glue it in.

    The hardest part is driving to west marine and napa to get the deckplate and sensor safe silicon sealant.
     
  20. Apr 25, 2011 at 8:36 PM
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    Ya, that's what it seems... Need to go to a buddy's house to borrow some tools I guess - I have nothing here or at my parents house :(
     
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