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fuel economy improving computer chip

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by swatkinz, July 12, 2011.

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  1. swatkinz

    swatkinz New Member

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    I know nothing of chips. I've never even heard of one until today.

    Is there a chip that can significantly improve the fuel economy in my 02 Ford Explorer V8 with 159K miles?

    If so, what are the downsides? I drive 1K miles per week and need a break from the fuel prices.
     
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  3. 94Eddie

    94Eddie Active Member

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    From the factory, Ford does about as good of a job of programming for optimizing fuel economy as you can get. Most aftermarket chips are for making more power. There are a lot of threads here that discuss ways to improve fuel economy. Driver habits can have the biggest impact on improving mileage. Do a search using "gas mileage" and you will have a lot of reading to do.
     
  4. Ronin8002

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    agree...fuel economy gains from a tune are usually minimal. Minimal enough that it'll be a while before the modification even pays for itself, and even longer before it saves you money on the fuel.

    As was said, driving habits are key. Avoid short trips...accellerate like you have an egg between your foot and the gas pedal...anticipate stops and coast to them instead of accelerating up to them.

    that alone will help a lot and it costs you nothing to implement, so the fuel cost savings are instant.

    Keeping up your regular maintenance and keeping the tires inflated to the maximum recommended pressure will also help.

    Also, if you don't absolutely have to have a V-8 Explorer for your weekly 1k miles, it might be cheapest in the long run to get a used honda civic or some basic compact that gets 35mpg+ without even trying. Big cost up front but it would eventually pay for itself from the fuel savings (in as little as a year if you get a good deal on one)
     
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  5. lynchy wa

    lynchy wa Down Under Beer Explorer Elite Explorer

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    This CHiP gets good fuel economy:D
     

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