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DIY: How to Replace the Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve (PCV) On Your 3rd Gen Prius

If your 3rd gen Prius is approaching or passed the 100,000 mile mark, it’s time to replace the positive crankcase ventilation valve (PCV valve). If your Prius is consuming noticeable amount of motor oil, say 1 quart every 2,000 ~ 3,000 miles, the PCV valve may be clogged with carbon build-up and may need to be changed. It’s definitely a…

First gas-up for 2013

Since relocating closer to work (5 miles), I have enjoyed shorter commutes and total elimination of competing with other drivers on LA’s bumper to bumper traffic during rush hour. Today’s the first day I had to gas up for 2013. I’ve been driving on the same tank of gas since refilling after the trip to Monterey, CA in late December,…

Cleaning your RSX’s throttle body and idle air control valve (IACV) helps improve response and MPG

After spending about 3 hours cleaning the idle air control valve and the throttle body of the Acura RSX, I noticed immediate throttle responsiveness and an increase in MPG. This is after 7 years of owning the RSX and at 84,000 miles. The clean-up was performed because I’ve experienced erratic idle-stalling problems upon start up after a long drive. I’ll…

Arco gas gives you poor mileage

I’ve been trying out fuel efficiency of different gas brands over the course of the past two months and came up with surprising results. The brand of gas DO affect your overall fuel efficiency and the old adage of “You get what you pay for” applies when choosing gas brands. Here’s a snapshot of what I’ve discovered. The analysis is based in…

RSX Fuel economy update

Here’s a short follow-up on the fuel economy of the 2005-2006 RSX Type-S. I have beaten my old record over July 4th weekend with a whopping 383 miles to the tank. 382.7 miles on the tank, and the empty fuel indicator hasn’t lit yet! As some of you who have been following my previous entries detailing the trial runs for…