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Old 02-09-2010, 08:36 PM   #29
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I started using Motorkote oil additive, and then started using the low sulfur additive in all ofmy rigs, as well as my Dodge Cummins. The oil additive made an improvement on how hot my trucks run, as well as cold starting [they crank easier]. The fuel additive is where I saw the biggest increase in usage. If you bulk order it, you can get it cheaper. I order 10 cases at a time and get a 20% discount w/ free shipping. I saw a solid .75 - 1MPG increase in my rigs. I use it every time I fuel up instead of every 3000 miles, and my Dodge has seen an improvement as well. I just pulled a 14,000 lb. dump trailer through Maryland up to eastern central PA and back, and averaged 11.7 MPG. Using htese additives will also increase the life of the fuel injectors and the fuel pump [for sh$ts & giggles try pricing one of the newer electronic ones - I had a heart attack when I got the bill!].

Oddly enough, one other thing I noticed made a difference in my rigs was switching over to Mobil Delvac oil. I don't understand why, but I picked up a little fuel mileage with this switch.

Other than this, driving habbits, slowing down, and taking in to account wind, there's not much you can do.

Good Luck!
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:52 PM   #30
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Hey Guys,

Buck Up, take a trip to London with all the diesel trucks, buses and taxis and diesel cars there and you'll appreciate the emission standards in the good ole USA!
I know it's tough to swallow the mileage you get with the new standards, it will get better. We keep getting more and more vehicles on the road contributing to more and more pollution. Got to think of future generations NOW!

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You don't need London. Just walk through any truck stop on a hot day. It is the accurate definition of stifling. I added some HVAC air intake filters to my FREIGHTLINER and was suitably amazed at how much better it was.

Stingray . . you're too young to remember how bad it was to drive into Los Angeles in the 1960's, it was eyeburning. My folks moved away in the 1950's after a few years of residence, and some on my Dad's side moved away at that same time (after being there since the 1890's) as the air pollution was so bad.

Catalytic convertors worked out pretty well. Yes, I, too, am bummed that overall economy is down with present mandates. I'll live with it. It is my sincere hope that tailored algae can be designed to produce "diesel" that has what we need from it and nothing more.

Doctors and pill companies get waaay too much credit for American's life longevity, anyway. The majority was produced by the "socialism" of mandating sanitary sewers and clean drinking water; moving livestock/abattoirs out of cities. Or, the "socialism" of mass electrification.
The causes of ill health today are "probably" majority environmental. Pollution controls on new vehicles mean I'm not making a mess for someone else to clean up . . and denying the benefit gives corporations (and government; see Rocky Flats, etc) the philosophical argument that their "profit" should always come at the "expense" of society . . that would be more of the "trickle-down", ah, theory.

I cannot see being in favor of open waste streams, THAT should be closed from hereon. I need the service of a private vehicle . . but no one else need suffer from that choice (beyond what we, openly, decide as a society is acceptable risk).
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