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Ford Fusion: Driving Hints / Reduced Engine Performance. Economical Driving

Ford Fusion 2013–2020 Owners Manual / Driving Hints / Reduced Engine Performance. Economical Driving

Reduced Engine Performance

WARNING: If you continue to drive your vehicle when the engine is overheating, the engine could stop without warning. Failure to follow this instruction could result in the loss of control of your vehicle.

If the engine coolant temperature gauge needle moves to the upper limit position, the engine is overheating.

You must only drive your vehicle for a short distance if the engine overheats. The distance you can travel depends on ambient temperature, vehicle load and terrain. The engine continues to operate with limited power for a short period of time.

If the engine temperature continues to rise, the fuel supply to the engine reduces. The air conditioning switches off and the engine cooling fan operates continually.

  1. Gradually reduce your speed and stop your vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.
  2. Immediately switch the engine off to prevent severe engine damage.
  3. Wait for the engine to cool down.
  4. Check the coolant level.
  5. Have your vehicle checked as soon as possible.

Economical Driving

Fuel economy is affected by several things such as how you drive, the conditions you drive under and how you maintain your vehicle.

There are some things to keep in mind that may improve your fuel economy:

  • Accelerate and slow down in a smooth, moderate fashion.
  • Drive at steady speeds.
  • Anticipate stops; slowing down may eliminate the need to stop.
  • Combine errands and minimize stop-and-go driving (When running errands, go to the furthest destination first and then work your way back home).
  • Close the windows for high-speed driving.
  • Drive at reasonable speeds.
  • Keep the tires properly inflated and use only the recommended size.
  • Use the recommended engine oil.
  • Perform all regularly scheduled maintenance.

There are also some things you may want to avoid doing because they reduce your fuel economy:

  • Avoid sudden or hard accelerations.
  • Avoid revving the engine before turning off the car.
  • Avoid long idle periods.
  • Do not warm up your vehicle on cold mornings.
  • Reduce the use of air conditioning and heat.
  • Avoid using speed control in hilly terrain.
  • Do not rest your foot on the brake pedal while driving.
  • Avoid carrying unnecessary weight.
  • Avoid adding particular accessories to your vehicle (e.g. bug deflectors, rollbars/light bars, running boards, ski racks).
  • Avoid driving with the wheels out of alignment.

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