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'96 Corolla, Reving High?

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Hi Folks,

Just picked up a '96 corolla conquest 1.8, 5 speed manual, with 226000km (about 138000 miles) on the clock. Quite happy with how it runs for its age, just replaced brake fluid & pads, as well as an oil change. (Oil was obviously old, but not excessively dirty, no signs of particals in it etc. Put a Gulf Western 5W-40 in it.)

 

My one 'concern' is that is seems to rev high, almost like it's got an aftermarket gearbox or something. It's pulling just over 3000rpm at 100km/h, (about 61mph) and just over 4000rpm at 130km/h (80mph). Anyone else with a similar model able to comment? Are these figures on par, or is it high? Mate with a '97 auto is pulling just over 3000rpm at 130.

 

It's not a big issue, it simply seems like it's been regeared for more 'around town' driving, which is exactly what It'll be doing, though it does seem to drive up my fuel consumption a little - around 8.5l per 100km - again, mate with auto gets around 7. It might do the occasional 300km journey at 130km/h, but not often. Only other thing that seems non-stock is the air filter - not sure how to describe it, but it's similar to the sort of thing seen top right on this page - http://knfilters.com.au/. I can see this affecting fuel milage, but not the rpm.

 

Anything else I should be doing in terms of basic maintenance on something this old? Going to bleed the clutch shortly since I have plenty of leftover fluid. I'm an electronics tech not a mechanic, but I'm getting the hang of this grease monkey stuff, the brakes are still working after a week :-)

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That does seem high. My 2004 turns about 2500 rpm at 100 Km/hr.

So you have a short ram intake (pleated cotton gauze filter in steel mesh, on 2.5 inch diameter aluminum tubing) instead of the stock airbox?

Does it look like this? http://www.cosmoracing.com/productinfo.asp?cid=126&pid=305

 

If so, it needs to be cleaned and re-oiled once in a while.

 

(Click on "Accessories" for oil and cleaner kit) http://www.greencottonfilters.com.au/index.html

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