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1999 Acura CL Question: I recently had a tune up and now my milage has dropped,

 

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Brandi1, Virginia Beach, VA, June 24, 2012, 05:49
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my mechanic has worked on this car for 9 years can't figure it out??? new pc valve, timimg belt,gold spark plugs, new acura wires, tires great, new air filter, oil change, ozegenators. no codes come up???

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    milesauto from Miles Auto Service Inc., June 24, 2012, 09:22
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    First..What kind of fuel mileage are you getting? Second..Are you checking it on a road trip or in city driving?

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    Brandi1, June 26, 2012, 07:36
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    prior to tune up I was averaging 21 mile per gallon, combo highway/ city kept average for 9 years. nothing new... now it is down to 16-17 mpg at best.

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    milesauto, June 26, 2012, 08:15
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    Could be a combination of several factors...one is the fuel is not the same you are burning before. 10% ethonol cuts mileage plus other changes in fuel blends thanks to Uncle Sam. Car is older now so that is going to be less mileage due to carbon build up on valves and normal wear in engine. Has other maintenance been done at proper intervals?.... like valve clearance checked and replacement timing belt. Some other basic things to check is wheel alignment and air pressure in tires.

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    Brandi1, June 26, 2012, 10:45
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    all maintence has been done. timing belt 5 months ago. The concern is that prior to "tune up" car was getting 21 mpg day after 16mpg??? tires 8 months old, first thing I checked was tires, air filter, oil, and gas. olny thing different on this tune up was the pcv valve replacement.

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    milesauto, June 26, 2012, 11:10
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    You could take it back to whomever did tune up and have them check for anything that they did that may of changed. Hard for me to imagaine what they could have changed other than spark plug gap or intervertaly distrurbed something.

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    Brandi1, June 26, 2012, 12:41
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    I did take it back...they are stumped. could the PCV valve have gone bad...I had ordered it from Acura?

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    milesauto, June 26, 2012, 14:22
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    worth a try. Have seen aftermarket parts cause crazy issues sometimes.

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