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    If it's the intake, it hasn't affected anything until now. It could be water in the gas... Gonna try to go out and get a bottle of HEET to see if it helps any. If it does, I gotta find a new gas station.

    The last oil change was less than 1,000 miles ago, around a month ago. I'm running Pennzoil 10W-30 not synthetic. Is there any particular brand of synthetic you all would recommend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeflashstuff View Post
    If it's the intake, it hasn't affected anything until now. It could be water in the gas... Gonna try to go out and get a bottle of HEET to see if it helps any. If it does, I gotta find a new gas station.

    The last oil change was less than 1,000 miles ago, around a month ago. I'm running Pennzoil 10W-30 not synthetic. Is there any particular brand of synthetic you all would recommend?
    Im a huge Royal Purple fan, but thats alittle extreme for you, I tend to floor my car alot (have a major lead foot). Now this time, since I know I am not going to speed much, I used Penziol, they have a sale at Pep Boys, the do-it-yourself sale. For the filter and 5 quarts, it comes to about $35.00. Just remember to ask for synthetic, other wise they will give you regular oil, which come out to about $27.00.

    I have never heard of gas stations pumping out water!!!! Im never ever going to visit your state, lol.
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    This is one of the places where OBD would help, because you'd likely get a read on instantaneous fuel consumption.

    One thought: as we load the alternator more -- by asking it to produce more power for the things we've added -- we use more fuel. It would be most evident in low-speed modes.

    This may be a carburetion/injection issue, though. Is there a performance change? Is it stumbling on acceleration?

    It's also possible the replacement intake somehow opens up more as air volume increases, so it might be interesting to see if you have the same problem when you go back to the original air intake.
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    Too bad this thing is OBD-I and not OBD-II, the plug is proprietary to Toyota. I have a pin-out of it, but no time to try to hack anything up. In fact, I should be doing ENGLISH HOMEWORK right now... (that FKN class is going to be the death of me.) I'm installing drivers on the CarPC now. Hopefully I can get to the Turtle and do the re-wire sometime this week since I didn't get to it yesterday.

    Ozzy, is there a circuit that will do like the new cars do and keep the radio on until the doors are opened? Because right now, leaving the radio on, the relay stays open, so both batteries are connected when the key is on. Not to mention,
    [sarcasm]that would add to the coolness factor that is so highly present in my car[/sarcasm]
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    Got a circuit, Radio On Until Door Opened
    Just need to find the 1 Amp Diodes involved...
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    I know this is a couple days late, but I wanted to jump in on the synthetic/conventional oil conversations. You can switch between the two as often as you like. Can even mix the two (see the synthetic blends at the store).

    The problem is that synthetic oils are a little thinner than their conventional counterparts. So if you have a small leak and you change to a synthetic, you might want to go with something just a little heavier. Otherwise your small leak may turn into a bigger leak.

    For a recommendation, don't listen to the tv commercials. Any synthetic is better than any conventional oil. HiJack is right, Royal Purple is an awesome oil, but it is expensive and probably not needed for your application. Personally, I use AmzOil. But I have a heavy duty truck with heavy duty needs and I get it fairly cheap. Mobil 1 is a good synthetic oil as well and you can find them in oil change kits or get a 5 quart jug at most Wal-Marts.

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    I fixed the link in the post above.... I linked to the wrong circuit....

    Anyway, what kind of 1A diode would I need? I'm thinking Zener, but I'm not for certain... I'm ordering from AllElectronics.com.
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    Found my diodes, I need 2 "1N4001/L"s. RatShack carries them in packs of two: here Hopefully the local one has them...
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    Quote Originally Posted by merkj View Post
    I know this is a couple days late, but I wanted to jump in on the synthetic/conventional oil conversations. You can switch between the two as often as you like. Can even mix the two (see the synthetic blends at the store).

    The problem is that synthetic oils are a little thinner than their conventional counterparts. So if you have a small leak and you change to a synthetic, you might want to go with something just a little heavier. Otherwise your small leak may turn into a bigger leak.

    For a recommendation, don't listen to the tv commercials. Any synthetic is better than any conventional oil. HiJack is right, Royal Purple is an awesome oil, but it is expensive and probably not needed for your application. Personally, I use AmzOil. But I have a heavy duty truck with heavy duty needs and I get it fairly cheap. Mobil 1 is a good synthetic oil as well and you can find them in oil change kits or get a 5 quart jug at most Wal-Marts.
    Your post appeared in the middle of mine! Oh, but it's your first, it had to be approved...

    Welcome to MP3Car, merkj!

    I think I'm going to go to Mobil1 or Q when I change my oil this time, but I think I found out my MPG issue! The intake wasn't getting air... There was a bend in the hose from when I was working on the AUX battery and air couldn't get through it... Why I didn't check it earlier, I do not know.

    CarPC will get reinstalled this weekend if things don't get in the way.

    Also, insomnia and English homework are keeping me up for another long night, and I seem to have exhausted my Mt. Dew supply... Tomorrow=Wal-Mart run for more Mt. Dew and maybe some Red Bull...

    That's all for now!
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    I'm almost certain it was that issue with the cold air intake that was causing all my gas mileage issue. I made a trip to Roswell with a friend of mine(about 90-100 miles round trip, depending on how much you drive around town), we went to see "Surrogates" at the theatre there(cause the one here SUCKS!) and I only used 1/8th of a tank round trip. So, (estimating here) about 1.5 gallons and around 100 miles = 50 mpg! I think I'm back in the high MPG playing field...

    Planning on reinstalling the CarPC in about an hour and a half....
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