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2000 S-10 v6 4.3L Poor Gas Mileage....

One-owner S-10 with 95K miles. Usually get about 300 miles per tank... its dropped to just over 230 miles per tank latetly.... I can attribute SOME of this to wal-mart gas with its ethanol content, but certainly not almost a 25% reduction in fuel economy....

Had plugs & wires replaced @ 60K. Tried fuel injector clearner in the gas tank.... no help. Also thought I might have a valve sticking, so I ran thru some stuff for sticking valves... that seems to have "fixed" that issue. Just replaced thermostat.

Only other thing to note is that I think the engine idles too low.... a VERY faint sputter (if you can call it that) at idle when sitting at a stop.

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Try cleaning the mass air flow sensor. If you don't already have a Haynes Manual for yor truck, pick one up at a auto parts store. While at the parts store pick up a can of mass air flow sensor cleaner spray. It is diffrent than other cleaners. Mass air flow sensor is usually located somewhere in the air intake.The Haynes manual will help you in locating where it is. Do not use other types of cleaners on it as it could damage it.

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