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Car jacK I can't seem to locate my floor jack . do you have any idea where it is located. I have have looked under the headlights but every time I do this my WIFE flashes the high beams in my eyes and I end up blinded momentarily. So if you could I will sure be glad i used (FixYa) ;)

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  • Jayson Brollini
    Jayson Brollini Sep 02, 2008

    Thanks Keemo This is my car by the way
    and there was one question or maybe just an some helpful advise about my car or any common problems that i should worry about in the future

    I have the 4 CLY 2.2 liter (2005) 36,000 and my gas mileage is horrible
    I have 19 inch rims and 40 series Tires LOW profile ( aftermarket)
    The RADIUS is the same as the stock tire & rims
    How ever my dealer has told me that this is why I am getting bad gas millage.

    The (aftermarket) rims were a add on to my car ( so they recommend the size etc.)


    Now here is where it gets tricky
    The same year Malibu but 6CLY 3.2 liter engine has the SAME body and the suspension is the same too.
    I told the Mechanics at the CHEVY dealership that if they put this two cars side by side and you can see that my CAR (4 cyl) front suspension sets up higher and the (6cyl) sets lower because the engine is bigger. So this means that they never put the correct suspension (control arm, Etc) and the weight of that vehicle was meant for a (6cyl)

    I believe that my car/engine is not powerful enough for the weight of the car and because the suspension is not correct (these two would leave to a lower MPG)

    They said this is false and they also said there is nothing wrong with my car/ fuel injector or anything. THEY blamed it on the tires/rims

    OK i changed back to my Stock tires and I still only 18 mpg on City BUT it did help BEFORE 15 mpg current is so yes that did help a small bit.

    This car was not rated with 24mpg but higher not sure of the top of my head.

    I check the www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/findacar.htm

    For the new estimated MPG i am still under

    Some where on that link i gave you there is a page that is for CAR/Truck owners to put in there MPG . I found a few people with the same car (4cly) and the too were getting a lower MPG than the (6)


    One last note to verify my claim ( 2005) was the only year that was shown that the (4) did get a lower MPG than the more powerful (6)
    Every year before and after 2005 it has been the opposite or the way it should be . Chevy may have noticed that the car was too heavy for that engine and it looks like they changed it .


    Thank Keemo you don't have to answer this right away just wanted to know if there is other reason ( besides the obvious) as why I am I getting this MPG ??

    Thanks ( jayson)


  • Jayson Brollini
    Jayson Brollini Sep 02, 2008

    Thanks yeah I put in new plugs (High performance) it helped a little and the car has better response (acceleration) but WHO knows if they check any thing . I know that they use that BS data port like it is a pacifier . IF nothing shows up on the screen than you car is good to go... Those are good if you Check Engine Light is on... Now the one thing i am going to Question is TRANSMISSION the can I use the DATA Machine (sorry can't think of the name of it) to program the sensor or does the DEALER/ Mechanics adjust it .. I know about the gears ratio and that but as the sensor this is not anything I am familiar with Keemo. Where is this located??

  • Jayson Brollini
    Jayson Brollini Sep 02, 2008

    Data Link ( ECM) that is what I was trying to say. Ok well Keemo if I have any questions about my car I will post it.. Until then thank you for your help.. If you need any questions about computers feel free to ask and I will do my best to anwere it for you ( or I will send you a C R A P load of HOW TO LINKS!!!) talk to you later

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It's in the last place you put it.......lol

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  • Ronald Mueller
    Ronald Mueller Sep 02, 2008

    there could be several reasons for pour gas milage. when it comes to tires or rims the size will only effect they way your speedometer recognizes the speed you have to adjust the trans sensor to allow for wheel size. as far as tires, underinflation creates greater drag and there fore uses more gas....Obama is right Mc Cain is senile lol. a partially blocked or a weak fuel pump also will lead to poor gas milage. improper gapped spark plugs worn or cross firing plug wires. a weak coil or msd module for vehicles that don't have distributers. worn contacts on rotor or cap, Bad O2, egr, tps iac or fuel pressure regulater, dirty air filter,and finally the mother of all screwups.....a bad ecm. these are just the ones off the top of my head that can lead to crappy gas milage...... so tell the mechanics they are either ignorant or they should try a different profession.

  • Ronald Mueller
    Ronald Mueller Sep 02, 2008

    the transmission controle moduel is located on top of the bell housing in most models but now they have integrated inside the transmission and use a data link to the ecm. the only way to adjust it is through the ecm itself

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