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    Is there any reason one repair can cause other things to change?

    I just had my flywheel and transmission replaced under warranty. Whew. Good news there.

    But...a few things have changed, and I'm wondering if they'll change back, or maybe not, or maybe I'm nuts and the time away from my Abarth (one month) made me loopy.

    1. When filling the gas tank, the display used to say something between 290-300 miles when full. Now, it reads 325 miles, and my fuel estimator, while driving, seems to be indicating better fuel mileage.

    2. The good ol' Abarth exaust note sounds....different. Maybe a litle quieter, maybe a little less growly. What would cause that - have there been any silent-recalls on noise pollution that are implemented when you take a car in for work?

    3. A bit of a high-pitched whirring. Doesn't sound bad, just a faint sound that speeds up and slows down with the vehicles speed.

    The fuel thing will pan out over a couple of tanks, which I intend to experiment with heavily while fuel prices are down and the roads are so clear
    But the exaust note - I hope it's just me, 'cause I'd be sad if it was quieter for real.

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    Man I share your pain. My Sport has been on jack stands for a month while I rebuilt the control arms ,replaced the wheel bearings, replaced the transmission seals, and replaced the half shafts. I was in a rush to get some miles on all the changes before Twisted Sisters but, now that has been rescheduled to Sept.. No rush now except to get behind the wheel again. Driving my Land Rovers and the wife's Forester just ain't doing it.

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    Hey, don’t get me wrong, it’s great to have it back in hand again. And if the repairs somehow improved gas mileage, that’s cool. Exhaust note - I’d never want that to change...

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    I wouldn't place much faith on the Fiat guess-o-meter, but checking actual economy will be interesting. My GOM is *always* high by 2+ MPG.

    For the quieter bit, that is possible. Pulling the exhaust is not a normal part of a clutch change, but the tech may have chosen to get it out of the way. It's possible one of the gaskets could have not been sealing properly. That would explain being quieter. I'd guess the whine you are hearing could be the sound of the turbo??? Hopefully it's not the tranny, but if it is it could quiet down as it wears in. If it's the turbo, it'll taper off when you press in the clutch. If tranny, it'll go quiet quicker... instantly.

    Total guesses... and congrats on getting your car back on the road. It was a long time coming.

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    The range changes based on the average fuel economy. Normal. The exhaust sound? Likely all in your head, but better it is quieter than louder, which would indicate an issue (exhaust leak). One thing to keep in mind is when the battery is disconnected, the PCM resets and the car may drive differently until it adapts to how you drive, which may be what you are feeling. Again, normal. The whirring noise? Could be some surface rust on the rotors if the car sat around unused for a while.
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    Fuel economy gauges on modern cars are not guess-o-meters, they're very accurate. The computer knows extremely accurately how much fuel has been injected and how far the vehicle has traveled. Fuel presure, injector flow rate and injector open time are all precisely known. I'd trust the gauge more than trying to calculate from refill at the pump.
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    The fuel economy calculators in all modern cars. Are Extremely accurate. Calculating Instant mileage on the fly. To average fuel economy, at the pump fuel fill up.
    Last edited by smark; 03-26-2020 at 10:51 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvmaster View Post
    I just had my flywheel and transmission replaced under warranty. Whew. Good news there.

    But...a few things have changed, and I'm wondering if they'll change back, or maybe not, or maybe I'm nuts and the time away from my Abarth (one month) made me loopy.

    1. When filling the gas tank, the display used to say something between 290-300 miles when full. Now, it reads 325 miles, and my fuel estimator, while driving, seems to be indicating better fuel mileage.

    2. The good ol' Abarth exaust note sounds....different. Maybe a litle quieter, maybe a little less growly. What would cause that - have there been any silent-recalls on noise pollution that are implemented when you take a car in for work?

    3. A bit of a high-pitched whirring. Doesn't sound bad, just a faint sound that speeds up and slows down with the vehicles speed.

    The fuel thing will pan out over a couple of tanks, which I intend to experiment with heavily while fuel prices are down and the roads are so clear
    But the exaust note - I hope it's just me, 'cause I'd be sad if it was quieter for real.

    None of what you describing mpg, engine exhaust sound etc. would have anything to do with a new transmission. Just Drive drive your car and enjoy.

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    as always, lots of good opinions here. thanks. I always enjoy driving the little beast. If the fuel mileage DOES improve over the next three tanks, that will be most interesting. I’ve never been able to average more than 24mpg

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    Given you are in California stations have probably already switched to summer blend fuel, so your mileage will improve a couple of mpg. Although since you always got terrible mileage it may just be your driving.
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