Fuel Filter replacement and guel mileage
I changed out my fuel filter yesterday. It wasn't where the filter maker said it was (left side of car by rear seat); rather it was inside the engine compartment on the passenger side down by the firewall.
I checked here to see if anyone else had done a similar changeout. One guy had, and he even posted pictures. Unfortunately for me, he didn't give any location information, and rusty stuff on the bottom of a car looks pretty much the same all over the car. His also had threaded couplers where mine (thankfully) had plastic quick connects on both ends.
Once I found the darned thing, it was about a half hour job. I didn't find the fuel pump fuse/breaker to relieve the pressure, but I did get my son to loosen the gas cap to relieve the pressure. I only got a LITTLE bit of gas in the face this time.:)
I changed it out, and the air filter last week, because someone here suggested those as quick easy ways to kick up the fuel mileage a bit. I'd rather pay the parts store once than the gas station every week.
Also, someone said the ethanol mix gas gives lower mileage than 100% gasoline. If that'* right, how big a mileage boost should I hope for if I go to the 100% stuff? I'm now getting about 20mpg on a 20 mile round trip, about 50/50 surface/highway. At $2.50 a gallon, one mile per gallon improvement would cover the extra cost of the higher priced stuff.
Thanks for all your help over the last few years. I'm right at the 80K mark, and figure it'* about time to change out the belts. I have to jack up the engine and take off the engine (or is it the tranny) mount to be able to get the belt off and then on, right? Should I swap out the mount(*) while I've got the engine disconnected, or is it not that big a deal to do it and I can wait on it. They don't look to be in bad shape; the one I saw up close yesterday was only a little bulgy on the sides and still filled the metal part, so it'* not a right away job. I hope.