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lotta dark, lotta loud
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I have an Xtreme with a 4.3 and auto. I bumped a telephone pole a few weeks ago and bent some stuff up. The short of it is that I bent a spindle, and instead of paying $240 for a new factory spindle, I lowered the truck 2-3 inches for $190.

Now I have a little body damage to the front drivers fender still. After I lowered the truck, I had new tires put on and got a full alignment done by a chevy dealer. My question is that I seem to not be getting as good of gas mileage as I was before. I don't really think that the medium size dent on my fender or the alignment is the problem. Has anyone else noticed a drop in gas milage after dropping their truck? Does anyone else maybe have an idea if I have a problem or not?

I don't know if this is the correct forum for this question, admins please feel free to move this to another forum if necessary.

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Mike
 

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I'll step out on a limb here....

and say with certainty that lower your truck has nothing to do with lowering MPG. I would suspect something more along the line of disk brake pads sticking and adding more drag.
 

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lotta dark, lotta loud
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are you saying that there may be a problem with my front disks rubbing from using different (lowering) spindles?

If this is true, how do I fix it? :cry:
 

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You mentioned you got new tires. If the tires are wider than the old ones, they may affect your gas mileage, enough to notice but not too bad.

I would also check your rotors for warpage and if your pads are dragging.
 

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nope the tires are the same size that came with the truck. They are a different brand though.

I'll have to check to see if my breaks are dragging. If they are, how do I fix that?
 
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