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Old 01-05-2018, 10:43 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Last night I fixed my terminal location issue with the deep cycle battery. I basically made extension cables for the car with an extension cable with a female battery post connector on one end, and a flat connector with a hole on the other. Then, I bolted a male post connector to the end with the flat connector effectively making an extension cable.







A few zip ties tidies it up okay. Once its warmer I'll probably do a bit more work. My fingers don't last too long when its near 0F out.





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Old 01-15-2018, 10:08 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Snow day today! Just not the kind you stay home for... Nothing bad, but everyone was driving slow. Bingo, time for some good mpg. Despite being only 16F out, I managed 50.2 mpg in to work today on snow covered roads! Pretty psyched about that. I did a lot of P&G with the engine on to do it.
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:02 AM   #63 (permalink)
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Nice!

I drove the Metro for the first time in a while yesterday. Didn't even break 40 MPG in local driving. It was cold though ... -20C / -4F. Coolant never got above 145F.
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Old 01-16-2018, 12:44 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Slapped a coroplast grill block on the Mirage the other night. Looks pretty good to me. Its held on with some zip ties.

Before. As you can see, Mitsubishi did an alright job of blocking almost half the grill already.





After.





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Old 01-18-2018, 12:29 PM   #65 (permalink)
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This morning I forgot to plug in the block heater. It took a full 1 mile (of my 7 mile commute) to get up to the temperature I typically start at with the block heater. I tried very hard, and got lucky and got 'stuck' behind a bread truck doing 0-5 mph under the speed limit. I used P&G with engine on coasting. Still, I only managed 45 mpg. Lately, I've been getting 47-48, and really not trying hard at all (very little P&G). So, I don't think its unreasonable to say that the block heater probably gets me close to a 10% increase in fuel economy on my daily commute.
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Old 01-19-2018, 09:42 AM   #66 (permalink)
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In contrast, today I remembered my block heater, and I tried to get good fuel economy coming in. The result was a hair under 51 mpg on the MFD.

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