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Click & Clack Talk Cars “The Tappet Brothers’’ By Ray Magliozzi Don’t expect great gas mileage from a truck BY RAY MAGLIOZZI Dear Car Talk: inefficiently, with lower mileage. I bought a used 2008 Ford We might check for an F-150 about three years ago. obstructed exhaust too. If your It’s an excellent vehicle and very engine wasn’t breathing properly, trouble-free, except for regular that could lead to wasted fuel. maintenance of course. Finally, if it’s an old vehicle, we The only irritating issue is low might check the compression, fuel economy. I bought a cover because an engine that’s not fully for the bed and that improved the compressing its fuel-air mixture is mileage, but it still gives me only obviously not getting the most out 16-18 mpg. of each drop of gas. Any suggestions for better In your case, I really doubt you’ve miles per gallon? Thanks. -- Frank got any problem at all, Frank. Yeah, a Toyota Prius. If you really want to see if you can If you bought a zebra, you’d improve your mileage any further, expect it to have stripes, right, you might want to try overinflating Frank? Well, you bought a pickup your tires by a few pounds more truck, and you should expect it to than the recommended pressure. get mediocre gas mileage. That’s Just be sure to stay below the tire baked in. manufacturer’s maximum pressure. In fact, 16-18 mpg sounds Also, you can make sure your pretty good to me. The EPA rating for this truck, back in 2008, was truck is empty when you’re not 14 mpg city and 19 highway, with actively hauling anything. Extra an average of 16 mpg. So, you’re weight will decrease mileage. And already exceeding expectations. you can drive slower.The difference If you had come to our shop in fuel economy between going and said that you used to get 75-80 mph versus 55-60 mph is better fuel economy, and it had enormous. If it matters that much dropped recently, there are some to you, slow down. things we would check. But don’t expect any miracles, The first would be your Frank. You’re already at the reliability as a witness. But if you winning end of the F-150 fuel survived our cross examination, economy bell curve.. we might start by checking your *** tire pressure. Low tire pressure is not only dangerous, but because it Got a question about cars? creates a bigger patch of rubber Write to Ray in care of King on the road, it creates more Features, 628 Virginia Drive, friction and can also result in Orlando, FL 32803, or email by lower mileage. visiting the Car Talk website at We’d also check your www.cartalk.com. thermostat. If your thermostat *** were stuck halfway open or (c) 2019 by Ray Magliozzi and opening too early, your engine Doug Berman might not be getting all the way Distributed by King Features up to operating temperature. And an engine running cool will run Syndicate, Inc.