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2001 Ford Escape 3.0L - Poor Winter Mileage

My '01 has shown a big (~25%) drop in mileage in cold weather. I'm in Wisconsin, so that' can run from mid to late November through March. I can run 20-ish in mixed driving when it's warm out, but it drops to the 15-16 range in winter. I'd expect a bit of a drop, but that seems big to me. No codes show up....on anything? Thoughts, comments?

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Well typically it will drop in colder weather because air is more dense and compact so you have more molecules of oxygen in the same space so it has to add more fuel to keep the mixture correct. You may also be running a blend like 10% ethanol maybe? If so it would lower the BTU rating (gasoline,87 octane has BTU rating of 150,100 were Ethanol has a BTU rating of 101,600). This would make you have to burn more to produce the same amount of energy.

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I live in duluth and i have had a lot of complaints about that. there is still no tsb bulletins from ford yet explaining this

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