They need to be replaced regularly. Gas mileage decreases rapidly above 60 miles per hour. First let us deal with the minutiae. The interior receives only subtle alterations, including a slightly thicker-rimmed steering wheel and a reangled instrument cluster to reduce windshield glare. . The K-30 came with a 7,500 pound rear axle and featured a four-speed automatic.
Of the 50,000 Suburbans made each year, a full 30 percent are sold in Texas. To refresh our memory, posted a retro review on the 1986 Diesel earlier this week, on Christmas day. A bad cooling system thermostat that causes your engine to run too cold can reduce fuel economy up to two miles per gallon. As it is obligatory that we continue to add to the reams of trivia generated in behalf of this beloved machine, we now bring you an early peek at the 1986 model - a version that is identical to the 1985 model, save for two major improvements and a few minor details. Results may vary depending on the kind of repair and how well it is performed.
Use cruise control because it helps you maintain a constant speed limit. Underinflated tires Faulty thermostats Worn spark plugs Malfunctioning engine controls Poor wheel alignment Fuel Saving Tip 1: Low Tires Waste Gas Underinflated tires and incorrect wheel alignment can lead to conditions which increase rolling resistance. It's the same story if you have a manual transmission with a slipping clutch. Ignition misfires are one of the biggest fuel waters of all! In addition, Chevy offered two other gasoline V-8's and a V-8 diesel. Chevy offered the 305 cubic-inch V-8 with an output of 160 horsepower, with 235 foot-pounds of torque for those who were worried about gas consumption. And America's favorite sports car, already superb, is for 1986 even better.
Fuel Saving Tip 4: Change Your Spark Plugs A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every l, 000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat, electrical and chemical erosion. Keeping your tires properly inflated 32 to 34 psi is about right for most cars Taking your vehicle for annual brake inspections Dragging brakes can waster fuel. It has an immense towing capability enough to tow a medium tugboat , maintains a comfortable ride, and is equipped with a 6. Avoid carrying unneeded heavy items in your trunk. But if you apply the brakes on slippery pavement, or if you are forced to brake hard while trying to execute an in extremis evasive maneuver, the Corvette will tiptoe to a stop, its four wheels locking and unlocking in an uncanny, computer-controlled syncopation that almost eliminates brake-induced skids.
This allows an estimated 147,000,000 gallons of gas per year to evaporate into thin air. Thus, a K30 meant the truck was a one-ton four-wheel drive truck. Correct tire inflation pressure is critical for good fuel economy, safety, maximum tire life and proper vehicle handling performance. Idling gets 0 miles per gallon. But by 1986 the hoods had gained a sloped nose.
This is like driving with the parking brake not fully released, it can cost a mile or two per gallon on a car that normally delivers 20 miles per gallon. A ten designated a half-ton truck, a 20 designated a three-quarter-ton truck and the 30 designated a one-ton truck. This successful visit to the fat farm, however, will surely be overshadowed by the new anti-lock brakes. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring and that wastes fuel. After all, the current-generation Chevrolet Suburban is still going strong and remains a popular buy among Chevrolet consumers, and a dominant force in the segment. There is no doubt that the Corvette is the most thoroughly documented car in America.
Starting in 1960, Chevy used the K to designate a four-wheel drive truck. Volumes have been written about it during its colorful, if somewhat checkered, 32-year lifetime, and that is not about to change. The company offered two types of body styles, fleetside and stepside, and crew cab or bonus cabs. This body style was roomier then the previous generation with larger cabs and 6 foot and eight foot beds. Not only does this improve overall handling and acceleration, but the Hardy Boys who serve as the tiny Corvette engineering group are hopeful that fuel economy will be similarly boosted. An extra 100 pounds in the trunk reduces a typical car's fuel economy by 1-2 percent. K30 trucks had a wheel base of 131.
There is little question that by 1990 similar anti-lock systems will be as common on land-borne vehicles as headlights and fuel tanks. Fuel Saving Tip 2:Keep your car in tune: Keeping up with regular vehicle maintenance can improve gas mileage by an average of 4. Use overdrive gears because the engine speed goes down saving gas and reducing engine wear. Turn your engine off if you are going to be stopped in traffic for 15 seconds or longer. Use air vents to circulate air instead of air conditioning. This wagon may have cloth upholstery and a dash from the seventies, but it earned itself a solid spot in the station wagon segment of yesteryear. Perhaps to the global market, in 1986, a pickup-based station wagon was certainly not posh enough to classify as a status symbol.
To maximize fuel economy, use a 5W-20 or 5W-30 synthetic motor oil. This era introduced more vinyl-covered seats and plastics in the interiors. In 1986 the K30 had the following trim packages available: custom deluxe , Scottsdale, Cheyenne and Silverado. It has been neatly integrated into the targa bar, but it still looks more like a navigational aid for small boats than an automotive safety device. The system is undetectable during normal driving.
Finally, Chevy offered the 6. The 5,700-pounds of empty weight provided a surprisingly high-quality ride as well. The whole system - the modulator mounted behind the driver's seat in a storage well , the wheel-speed sensors, and the plumbing - weighs only about nine pounds, and it's worth every extra ounce. Aside from an assortment of new body colors, the exterior is unchanged. The principal source of the weight reduction is the use of aluminum cylinder heads, which, combined with the judicious excising of ounces elsewhere, has scavenged about 125 pounds from the chunky beast. It may only deliver 130 horsepower, but the diesel Chevrolet Suburban pushes out a full 240 pound-feet of torque. The 1986 K30 came out at the end of the longest running line of Chevy trucks that ran from 1973 to 1987.