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Extreme Ways To Reduce Your Car's Fuel Consumption


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cbsteh

Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:30 PM

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Here are some extreme ways to reduce fuel consumption based on my understanding on what I have read from the net:

1} Reduce car weight by throwing away your spare tyre. Get a can of "tyre-inflator" instead to repair punctured tyres on the spot. You can also join AAM or a similar organisation to get auto assist.

2} Reduce car weight by replacing all your car seats with racing car seats which are much lighter than those that came with the car. If you are driving a 7-seater and never use the last two back seats, well, throw them out.

3} Throw away your car boom box. Listen to slower, softer music. Fast music encourages gung-ho acceleration and driving as well as unnecessary car revving which burns more fuel for no useful reason.

4} Reduce drag by throwing away your car body kit and spoiler. Unless the body kit has been tested to reduce drag *specifically for your car model*, you can safely assume installing body kits and spoilers increase (not decrease) drag; hence increase FC. This is especially true for generic body kits/spoilers -- one size fits all cars type.

5} Reduce drag by throwing away your side mirrors. These things poke out too much, causing drag.

6} Throw away your air-con. Air-con = more fuel. Install fan, like in the good, old days.

7} Throw away your automatic gear box. Convert car to a manual car, as all real men drive. Automatic = more fuel.

8} Learn to use the car brake less. Try coasting instead. Instead of using the brakes, release foot off pedal, disengage gear, and slowly coast to a gentle, low FC stop.

9} Modify your car rear to reduce drag such as:



10} Reduce drag by throwing away your wipers. Make the air flow around car smoother with less abrupt change in flow. Use Rain-X instead.

I am open to more extreme measures!

Chris


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Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:37 PM

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Don't drive, save all the fuel........ smile_thumbup.gif

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 04:49 PM

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QUOTE (vr2turbo @ Oct 27 2010, 04:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Don't drive, save all the fuel........ smile_thumbup.gif


But my post was for people who still want to keep their car and want to reduce FC. smile_wink.gif


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Posted 27 October 2010 - 05:06 PM

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well..buy tata nano....

still have 4wheel and roof... smile_thumbup.gif

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 06:24 PM

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QUOTE (cbsteh @ Oct 27 2010, 04:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But my post was for people who still want to keep their car and want to reduce FC. smile_wink.gif

But you are asking them not to use air con. Will they? Purposely buy 7 seater, you ask them to remove 2 seats? smile_blackeye.gif take out side mirror and drive dangerously(they are there for a reason), change auto to manual(they bought auto for convenience, so looks like most of your suggestion won't work.... smile_big.gif

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 10:09 PM

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QUOTE (vr2turbo @ Oct 27 2010, 06:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
But you are asking them not to use air con. Will they? Purposely buy 7 seater, you ask them to remove 2 seats? smile_blackeye.gif take out side mirror and drive dangerously(they are there for a reason), change auto to manual(they bought auto for convenience, so looks like most of your suggestion won't work.... smile_big.gif


That's why it called "Extreme" and why I gave subheading as "...but you're not gonna like it". Anyway, this post is a light-hearted discussion (rather than serious and heavy in facts and science) to raise awareness and get people talking about some extreme methods to reduce FC, even if these methods can be impractical.

I read on the net that some people are really serious about this issue and went as far as to modify their cars to one I showed in my first post -- a car which had a modified, streamline rear and covered tires. Another even removed the rear mirrors and did self-experiment and determined that removing the side windows did reduce FC.

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 07:45 PM

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QUOTE (cbsteh @ Oct 27 2010, 10:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's why it called "Extreme" and why I gave subheading as "...but you're not gonna like it". Anyway, this post is a light-hearted discussion (rather than serious and heavy in facts and science) to raise awareness and get people talking about some extreme methods to reduce FC, even if these methods can be impractical.

I read on the net that some people are really serious about this issue and went as far as to modify their cars to one I showed in my first post -- a car which had a modified, streamline rear and covered tires. Another even removed the rear mirrors and did self-experiment and determined that removing the side windows did reduce FC.

Chris

I know, that is why I pull a Big smile smile_big.gif at the end..... smile_wink.gif

As far as I know, for aerodynamics to work, speed are in excess of 110km/h, but speed in excess of 110km/h makes the engine thirsty....ha! ha! Best to drive at constant 80km/h......my 2 sen

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 09:52 PM

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i think add a NGV will solve all the hazel.
i agree with VR2.
Cbsteh i think yours is too Extreme'.(not that practical)

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Posted 28 October 2010 - 10:54 PM

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QUOTE (fredrick99 @ Oct 28 2010, 09:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i think add a NGV will solve all the hazel.
i agree with VR2.
Cbsteh i think yours is too Extreme'.(not that practical)


Aiyah, my post was to encourage ideas that can reduce FC. Never mind if they are practical or not, cheap or expensive. As long as car still can move and still can drive, then any method that can reduce FC is worthy to be mentioned and discussed. In other words, it would be interesting to discuss the good and the bad of a suggested method.

See here to get an idea on my intention of my original post.

Chris




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Posted 28 October 2010 - 11:10 PM

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When come to a traffic light junction and the light just turn to red, switch off your engine until you see green.