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#725825 - 18th Sep 2012 7:10am Car using loads of petrol
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1999 Focus 1.6 16v zetec

Went to Preston last night, started with 3 quarters of a tank, come back with just under a quarter.
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#725841 - 18th Sep 2012 9:20am Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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I am sure there was a previous thread about petrol consumption and the conclusion was that gauges are no real use in calculating fuel consumption.My Renault will tell me I have say 120 miles left and a few minutes later it is beeping to say I have less than 50 then it just goes blank as if to say "you are on your own mate get some fuel"

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#725845 - 18th Sep 2012 9:31am Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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Mine is in garage now on the Exhaust Gas Analyzer machine.
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#725846 - 18th Sep 2012 9:34am Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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Originally Posted By: BurgerChips
1999 Focus 1.6 16v zetec

Went to Preston last night, started with 3 quarters of a tank, come back with just under a quarter.


That's meaningless. You need to know how many gallons/litres you used and how many miles travelled, then maybe someone can give an opinion. Anyway, as stated, gauges are wildly inaccurate and certainly not linear.
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#725847 - 18th Sep 2012 9:39am Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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86 miles in total and it used a tank, by any standards that is not right
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#725849 - 18th Sep 2012 9:48am Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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I used one of the vans in work to pick an arcade machine up from Preston, the van had no fuel in it so I put 15 in and it got me there and back and still had fuel left.

It was a 1.8 turbo diesel escort which from my experience are not that economical.

If that's any help.
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#725853 - 18th Sep 2012 10:02am Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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There is no leaks, as if there was, fuel would be peeing out as with it being injection, its under pressure.

The tank is plastic so can not be leaking out of rusty tank.

It seems to be using more since I put new fuel filter on.

I should be getting car back within the hour so I will see what Mike Hurst says.

If it is the tank, I have a spare one in shed.
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#725868 - 18th Sep 2012 11:03am Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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Originally Posted By: BurgerChips
86 miles in total and it used a tank, by any standards that is not right


I agree, doesn't sound right, but you still don't know how many gallons/litres it used. The gauge reading may vary.
It might be that the engine temp. sensor has failed and the ECU thinks the engine is cold, so feeds more fuel.
Hope you get an answer.
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#725878 - 18th Sep 2012 11:34am Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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Please keep us updated Burger, will be interested to hear the diagnosis.

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#725897 - 18th Sep 2012 12:17pm Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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Will do, still have not got it back yet.
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#726103 - 18th Sep 2012 10:59pm Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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Well got car back, all gases test normal.

So its booked in to fords on monday morning, to get an ecu update
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#727785 - 24th Sep 2012 9:03pm Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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How did you get on?

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#727787 - 24th Sep 2012 9:07pm Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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I think I got robbed, they say update done, but car feels no different, 60 for code reader scan, and 30 for update.
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#728072 - 25th Sep 2012 11:13pm Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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Updating wouldn't help anything, you need to address the reason why you've suddenly got poor mpg. Try checking for air leaks around inlet and then spend more money replacing sensors (AFM, lambda/02 sensor).
You should leave well alone anyone who charges more than 10 quid to plug in a machine.
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#728073 - 25th Sep 2012 11:18pm Re: Car using loads of petrol [Re: Willo_]
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All sensors have been changed, am still getting strong smell of petrol coming into car, its getting the point now, i do not feel safe driving it, as the smell is strong when it comes. its not all the time.
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