Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Gas problems

asked by on

I have 1997 maxima when i bought this car it sat for maybe a year or so i wasnt sure what needed to be changed on it but now that i have it running better then it did when i got it i notice the gas mpg is horrible on my car and when i turn hard corners or turn just a little bit my gas gauge goes way down from half to close to under half is it suppose to move like this or is something dirty or need changeing cause its driving me crazy my other car is a dodge stratus 2006 and the gas gauge hand never moves as much as my nissan

My car has 270 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Some older vehicles do not have a baffle on the fuel pump, to prevent rapid changes in fuel level when turning. This may be normal for this vehicle. Fuel milage can be affected by several items like failing sensors, mechanical problems, etc. I suggest having a certified technician check your vehicle to diagnose your worsening fuel milage.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car started clicking before dying

A faulty camshaft sensor will definitely cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate; there will most likely be a fault stored for it, if it is, indeed, faulty. All other fault codes will need to be read out as well....

Q: Stalling immediately after starting

Hey there: You might want to disconnect the transmission linkage and manually shift into neutral to move your car the 3 feet you need. Starting a modern engine without having all components properly installed can cause serious damage to multiple...

Q: How far must my heat gauge rise? 2002 VW Golf

Hi there - auto manufacturers, as an informal standard, design operating gauges to align the needle in the middle of the gauge. This should be "90" on your gauge I believe (Celsius). This would suggest that your thermostat is not...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.