98 Chevy Cavalier 130,000 miles, automatic, 2.2 engine (I believe).
The situation is that my MPG have dramatically drop in the period of about a week (took about double normal gas to drive 60 miles of highway).
The back ground is this, my car suddenly started to rumble a bit as if I was driving on rough road. It was also sluggish. This was right after an oil change that was a little late, by about 200miles. When I got the oil change, it was suggested that I should replace the air filter, but they admitted that it'd be okay unitl next time.
So with my car not working well, I took it to the shop. After about a days worth of work, my car had a tune up and the front brakes replaced.
It ran better but not quite up to what it should be. On top of all this, a friend of mine drove the car for about 3 miles with the parking break on. It was through some neighbor hoods, no faster than 30.
Engine has been running slightly higher than normal and heating up fast but it is summer and average temp has been around 85.
Car is still sluggish but really only noticable on highway.
As of now, my only thought is to replace the air filter.
So what should I do next?
What could be the problem?
Any advice on how to increase the MPG and give my car back its power?
Sorry about the length and any confusion. I just wanted to make you got any detail you might need.
have the same problem?
Thursday, June 14th, 2007 AT 1:00 AM