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Some basic things to check to ensure optimum fuel economy:

  • Tune-up items (initial timing, dwell, idle mixture & speed, tappet clearance, etc)
  • Condition of air & fuel filters
  • Condition of choke system
  • Condition of ignition system (points & condenser, cap, rotor, wires, spark plugs)
  • Condition of centrifugal & vacuum advance mechanisms
  • Condition of emission control systems (as equipped):
    • Manifold Heat Control System
    • PCV (Positive Crankcase Ventilation) System
    • EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) System
    • Heated Air System
    • Evaporation Control System
  • Tire pressure
  • Engine operating temperature
  • Eliminating unnecessary weight (ie, junk in the trunk)