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My car is consuming too much fuel

The shock absobers are not in good condition. could this be the cause?

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Possible but not probable. Depends on how much "too much" fuel consumption to you is, and what other maintenance you have neglected. There are many, many reasons for poor fuel economy. Start with a good tune up then see how the fuel consumption is. Worn shocks may have some effect in that they wheels may often lose contact with the surface, spin excessively and thus, burn more fuel but this isn't a major factor in fuel consumption normally. It's more apt to be one of many other factors going on with your vehicle. Check and/or replace spark plugs, fuel injectors, air filter, PCV, oil & oil filter, and any other items recommended for your vehicle's scheduled maintenance for the mileage your vehicle has.

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