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Old 08-02-2013, 11:17 PM   #64 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Frank Lee View Post
The "Sport Coupe" Tempo.

I'm always coupling/decoupling from trailers with the F150 so the power steering is going to stay on that one. Plus I don't think it'll make a noticeable fe change on it.

Got a Tracer I'd like to hit 50mpg with; best fe was 42 so I'll have to see what it'll take to bypass the power steering on that one.
Thinking back now, I had a 91 Jetta that had power steering, and a 1.8L with 9.6:1 compression...and I couldn't understand why it would not match or beat my older 84 Jetta's mpg, which also had a 1.8L but with 8.5:1 CR. True the older car was lighter...but it didn't have PS either. I cut the PS belt off the 91 and voila! Matched the older car (another 1 mpg, maybe 1.5. Memory is fuzzy now). Steering felt the same as the older car--same size wheels/tires. 185/60R14.
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