FE Challenge 10 - Summer 2010

Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by PaleMelanesian, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    On my last refill, I was able to fill up to the very tip, had to allow gas to drain in few times until it stopped. I am going to EOC longer, shift a little later 5th gear @ 30 instead of 35, P&G a little faster with some 4th gear, DWL more on uphills with more bleeds, practicing HARD on DWB's and etc...

    Here is an image of gas in sight - (blurry, it's there)
  2. mcmurphy

    mcmurphy Active Member

    I was wondering how everybody went about knowing just how far they could go with the emergency light on. Is is just trial and error? I'm getting pretty low on my tank but I want to, at minimum, pass 400 miles on the tank.
  3. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Trial and error for me. I haven't gotten stranded yet, but my absolute longest tanks in each vehicle have left me at the sputtering level. :eek:
  4. Mr. Pancake

    Mr. Pancake Well-Known Member

    For my car the pros already figured it out before I bought the car. When I was driving the '98 I used a combination of scan gauge and guessing-the fuel light only came on once even though the needle would go well below 'e'.
  5. GaryG

    GaryG Well-Known Member

    Exactly, I run my tanks almost completely dry every tank because I know I have .8 gallons left after 0 Miles To Empty in my '09 FEH and 1.3 gallons left in my '05 FEH. I found this out by running out of gas and doing the math from 0 MTE. Since I did this I've never ran out of gas again.

    I need to get to 65mpg tanks before I top my tank Off with the most it will hold from a dry tank to make that 1,000 mile tank on 15.4 gallons of gas. I got it all figured out and know I have a ways to go and it may take straight gas to do it. I also know a 65mpg average will give me exactly 200% of combined EPA for my '09 FEH. That would get me to 245% of combined EPA under the present E10 and Hybrid handicaps in this challenge.

  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I carry a gas can in the back once the light comes on. Drive until it won't drive any more. ;) :D

    I only do this when I have a good chance at a distance record. No need to stress the fuel pump if it's not necessary. A dry tank means a pump with no coolant.
  7. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    Well, I added my partial boat tail like contraption. I'm not sure how well it is working, if at all. My current tank looks to be around the 42-43 range, which is much lower than a "high" tank for me. However, it has beeen far under optimal driving conditions. The first half of the tank was from Tampa to Orlando (a decently efficient drive), but the other half has been .5 to 5 miles trips on or around campus, with a lot of lights and college age drivers around me. Also, I'm concerned for my battery so whenever I must come to a stop at night, I clutch start the engine, even if I have to idle for awhile.

    I just recieved a lot of money to cover food and book costs (from my family, about $1000 for the semester. Books were $200) . . . I'm willing to eat PB&J and kraft mac and cheese for the rest of the semester if I can use the extra $ to buy an optima yellow top . . .

    Any advice :eek:?
  8. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I'd get some kind of voltage gauge first. You could get a cheap multimeter and a cigarette lighter plug for a redneck gauge.

    Maybe a 5w or so solar charger? http://www.cleanmpg.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10872 I grid-charge mine, but that's not easy at school.
  9. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    Well, I found someone selling new Interstate megatrons that fit my car for $50. I have the same battery now and it is about 6 years old now. The only reason I'm concerned about it is because I drained it enough that it failed to start my car (left key in ignition, or lights on, etc). That was about a month ago, but I SOMEHOW did it 3 times within 3 days :mad:

    If it lasts 5 years then that's only $10/year for my battery, and while not as good as a yellow top, I won't be concerned about if my battery will start my car or not, and I can go back to more efficient driving (less idling, for example).

    We're meeting up at 3:30 at a nearby mall. Battery is shrink wrapped, and the production date is July 2010.

    Now I only have to eat PB&J/Mac and cheese for a month instead of the semester :rolleyes:
  10. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    Reviewing on my previous tank, I'm currently 257 miles ON F line on the gauge, hopefully will reach 280 before it get off F line on the gauge.
  11. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Filled Saturday to keep the wife from freaking out. Did it at my "good results" station (I seem to get slightly higher FE when I fill there for some reason ;) ) and got JUST UNDER 50 MPG. Oh well. Just a little more next time...

  12. VegasDude

    VegasDude I remember you from the last light

    Must be a world record for this car

    I only had 725.8 miles on the tank, but I decided to fill up to prevent ending the competition with a very short tank. I topped off as slowly as possible in order to not cheat, and I still only got 15.209 gal in for 47.72 MPG (4.95L/100km for you metric guys) It's only my BEST TANK EVER! :woot: Let the trolling, flaming, and otherwise #$%&-talking begin.

    The inbuilt MPG gauge was spot on, which it usually is with consistent driving. This tank was all 35 MPH city commutes, FAS used when appropriate. In consideration to other drivers, P+G was typically used at night only. No fast starts, no more than 5 miles on the freeway the entire tank, sweating my @&% off daily. If you use A/C, you're not in it to win it. :D

    Mileage had started drifting slowly downwards after the first few hundred miles, I believe, as the air was leaking from my tires. I checked today and they were at 40 PSI--4 PSI low. I'm eyeing some new Yokohamas with a max of 51 PSI, also touted as gas savers.

  13. mcmurphy

    mcmurphy Active Member

    My car doesn't have any digital anything. No fuel gauge, miles to empty or current mpg so I have to play around with everything. I just added my tank from Friday. My goal was to break 400 miles and I actually got 419.7 so that is about 40 miles more than my previous tank and a new record! Still doesn't do anything for me competition-wise but I think it's pretty good improvement for an automatic non-hybrid car piloted by a guy wise at least half a dozen speeding tickets under his belt. It's also only my fourth tank since starting to try to hypermile and each one has been an improvement. Now if I could just justify to myself that I should buy myself a scangauge maybe I could continue this upward trend, but I just don't ever buy anything for myself that isn't edible, lol.
  14. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    Tank refilled --

    565.1 miles 9.545 gallons, 59.214 MPG!!!

    Still haven't placed my MPGuino into car yet....

  15. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    Fixed it for me.

    Maybe an xmas present for me . . .

    Oh, and I got a new battery. It's an Interstate Megatron 2, and is usually around $100 but I got it for $50 :D

    I feel better already . . . I can coast up to lights with my engine off again, instead of clutch starting as I roll up to the light . . .
  16. groar

    groar X-Frenchy: very

    Congrats VegasDude for your record :thumbs_up:
    Congrats mcmurphy for your record :thumbs_up:
    Congrats LinuxGold for your record :thumbs_up:
    Congrats Sulfuric for your new battery :cool:

  17. Sulfuric

    Sulfuric Well-Known Member

    Congrats on Congratulating 4 people in one post. :woot:
  18. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    congrats on congratulating congratulations. =P

    Thanks BTW.
  19. some_other_dave

    some_other_dave Well-Known Member

    Heh, this next tank is gonna suck, relatively speaking. I have spent more time than usual shuttling the wife around, and in hot weather too! I was forced to raise my freeway cruising speed by 5-10 MPH and use the air conditioning pretty significantly on those trips.

    I also think that the station where I filled up this past time does give me slightly short fills, as I tend to have very good FE when I fill up there. (It is also a bit downhill from home, but not by long enough to notice in averaged into a tank-full IMHO.) We'll have to see how it works out, but it is likely that my next tank will bring my Challenge average back down into the low-47s. Too bad, since it will almost certainly be my last fill of the Challenge.

    Come on, Div C! You gotta work harder to catch me!! ;)

    -soD (OK, next time Div B, where I'll be waaaaaay far back!)
  20. LinuxGold

    LinuxGold Hypermile to the finest

    Same here on this refill. Had to do more driving in city, doing errands. PLUS someone stabbed my Camry's tire, had me in full fury. Was not thinking straight when I drove my Civic on Tuesday when it happened. Right now it is under the F mark, 180 miles. I need to compensate on what I did on Tuesday BIG time. Hopefully above 51.5 mpg...

    And no, I have not set up mpguino yet.... busybee here...

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