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just got this car and it's not getting good fuel economy. figure it's due for a tune up so what do you guys suggest i change/check first

this one is at 145,000kilometres and has a service sticker expires in 148,000

i changed oil and checked the tranny for peace of mind. also went and put the new air filter

i'll change the fuel filter once it gets nice enough to work outside.

i want to pull some plugs just to have a look. what's a good replacement plug and wire for this engine? i'm gonna just test the wires before i spend money on new ones

canadian tire carries bosch wires and platinum plugss. what do you guys like to use and remember i live in canada.

another thing comes to mind is stiff steering. fluid checks out maybe this is normal? thinking maybe a bad tie rod might be causing all that racket too and dragging the car and the steering but then i hear noise is normal for these cars. anyway goes straight if you let go of the wheel. last owner also put two new mud+snow tires on the front not too long ago so i'm assuming it's balanced and the tie rods check out

bought the emissions valve too but can't find it

last but not least i've always had bad luck with ford ignition. looks to be an Ignition module passenger side/near firewall, right next to the washer fluid. it's all crappy looking covered in salt.
 

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Stick with copper plugs. They dont last as long as the fancy smancy ones you see out there but they are better for performace. As far as the wires like ^he^ said go OEM. Make sure there is fresh oil, oil filter, air filter, feul filter and maybe use an injector cleaner as well for good measure.
 

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Bosch Platinums are good and so are the wires.Oem ford plugs and wires are great too.My escort came with platinum plugs from the factory and so does every other ford out there.I think bosch is the one that makes the plugs for ford.I will double check that monday when i stop by the ford dealer.
 

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replace your plugs and wires, check the timing, Check your compression, do a leak down test. Run some injector cleaner. Have all your fluids flushed... coolant, tranny, etc. Have your oil changed.

Check your tires, make sure they're not bald, are in good shape and not flat.
 
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