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Old 12-10-2012, 01:38 PM   #311 (permalink)
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...more driving with family on board, and more "I just wanna drive" moments...
I know what you mean! I went hiking with a friend a few weeks back on an otherwise MPG-friendly route that should have returned 80-90 mpg. Chatted the whole way there & back and only managed ~70 mpg for the day. Not good at multi-tasking!

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Old 12-10-2012, 05:51 PM   #312 (permalink)
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Man, I'm struggling to keep it in the mid 40's. 66mpg would be a huge improvement.

The cold temps are not helping any, especially with the moisture. I have to keep turning on defrost (which, of course, turns on AC and the radiator fan) or my windows get all fogged up.
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:28 PM   #313 (permalink)
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Sold my HCH a while back but I'm still on the team with my 2001 Insight CVT. Lifetime is 50.5, best is 56, current is 52 (it's cold out man!!)
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:13 PM   #314 (permalink)
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I'm struggling to stay over 60mpg, and doing so mainly through more hypermiling and slower speeds than I want. Partly, that's what I get for undoing several mods that probably were helping (lighter front wheels, narrower tires, and ignition timing advance). But I also am experiencing greatly increased rolling friction attended by front end bearing noise cause I think by one or both hub bearing units and unfortunately maybe also a transfer bearing in my 200,000+ mile transmission. Further diagnostics and preventative maintanence are in my plans, but this is my daily driver, and the days are short and colder and rainier. Soon...
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:28 PM   #315 (permalink)
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But I also am experiencing greatly increased rolling friction attended by front end bearing noise cause I think by one or both hub bearing units and unfortunately maybe also a transfer bearing in my 200,000+ mile transmission. Further diagnostics and preventative maintanence are in my plans, but this is my daily driver, and the days are short and colder and rainier. Soon...
I need a few service items as well. Input shaft bearing is dying on my tranny (I've got a new rebuilt tranny for it, I just need to swap) and I have some clunks in the suspension I need to sort out.

Same deal, it's my daily driver, so I can't justify tearing it apart right now.

I did just take it in for a recall (airbag) and their "inspection" revealed a bad timing belt, and some bushings in the lower control arms that need to be replaced. They didn't notice the glaring issue of the tranny and supposedly set my tires all to 32psi (they were at 44,44,35, and 16 - slow leak) and they told me the timing belt needed to be replaced because all the markings on the back of the belt wore off and the belt looked aged. Of course, the only way to inspect is to pull the cam cover off, which requires removing the valve cover and there are no signs that this was done.

*sigh*
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:10 PM   #316 (permalink)
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I had a record trip the other day of 67 mpg over about 25 miles. Car was already warm, in afternoon with temps around 50. Probably had a tail wind to help too. lol Can't replicate. I struggle to get a trip abut 60 lately with these temps.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:10 AM   #317 (permalink)
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I was able to get an increase of a few mpgs from my recent block heater project:
Engine Block Heater for '97 Civic (Gen 6)

But yes, it's getting tougher these days!
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:29 AM   #318 (permalink)
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I agree too! Haven't been keeping warm in the car lately. We've had a warm spell where we were in the -15C range so I did some repairs to my block heater plug. Had to take the grille block off as I needed access back there as block heater plug is actually ganged with my battery charger. Anyway, I installed an upper grille block and am in the process of making the lower one adjustable. Still froze myself out there tonight. Will finish tomorrow. Hoping for some heat!
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:44 PM   #319 (permalink)
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Ok, I've been a busy guy this last few days. Installed an upper grille block out of clear heat shrink film (we'll see how long that lasts...) and a major upgrade on my lower grille block. Made a pretty large hole on the radiator side and a couple rails to support a sliding door from coroplast. Used a strip of ABS on the back to accept screws for the rails, just like building a coroplast model airplane. Then I painted it all colour matching silver paint.

Hope it still fits now! Ha ha.

Pictures to follow soon.

Edit: Installed easily and ready for maiden voyage tomorrow morning. -26C is the forcast low tonight, windchill -30C.
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Old 01-01-2013, 09:43 AM   #320 (permalink)
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pletby,
The sliding track is a clever idea. My adjuster uses duct tape, not as good.

I scored lines on the back side of my adjuster panel so it would flex to match the large main panel.

I saw your post in the other subforum re popups. Hope you get that straightened out!

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