Tag: gas tanks

45 Posts

Oct 01, 2001

How do automatic gas-pump nozzles know when to shut off?

Dear Car Talk

How do automatic gas-pump nozzles know when the car's gas tank is almost full and therefore when to shut off This question has bothered me since I was and gas was two bits a gallon -- neither of which is...

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Jul 01, 2001

What to do when a gas pump's readings don't match your car's gas gauge.

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A couple of weeks ago I went to Albuquerque N M on vacation I stopped to fill my ' Honda Civic with gas at a local station The tank holds gallons and according to the pump I took gallons But...

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Feb 01, 2001

How do you get sugar out of a gas tank...or can I just leave it in there?

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I put sugar in my husband's gas tank but the car has not been turned on yet Is there any way we can get the sugar out or neutralized -- Susan TOM Let me start by reminding you that someday...

gas tanks

Jun 01, 2000

How does static electricity dissipate before a gas nozzle comes in contact with a car?

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How does the static electricity that builds up on a moving car get dissipated before the gas-pump nozzle touches the fill pipe and causes a spark Just wondering -- Lawrence TOM Static electricity is dissipated through the car's tires Lawrence...

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Aug 01, 1999

Why do I get worse gas mileage from the second half tank of gas than I do from the first?

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While I know I should be worrying about the tension in Kosovo I am instead trying to figure out the answer to a dumb question Why do I get many more miles out of the first half of my tank...

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Feb 01, 1999

If you didn't need a new gas tank yet, you probably would real soon.

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I took my Mazda LX to a garage and told them I smelled gas near the tank after driving They said that water collects on the top of the tank in these cars and after years it probably rusted through...

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Feb 01, 1999

Readers weigh in on the idea to standardize which side of the car the gas filler is located.

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ago we answered a letter from a reader wondering why the position of the gas fillers on cars isn't standardized He complained that he can never remember which side of the filling station island to pull up on We said...

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Nov 01, 1998

Why don't car manufacturers all put the gas filler on the same side of their cars?

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Why do some manufacturers build their cars with the gas-tank filler tube on the driver's side and some put it on the passenger side My theory was that my Subaru had the gas- tank filler on the right side because...

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Jun 01, 1998

Is it true that one shouldn't generally let a car run below a quarter tank of gas?

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I've heard from many different sources that it is unhealthy for a car to be low on gas often Allegedly it puts wear and tear on the engine if you always let it get to empty before refilling the tank...

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Apr 01, 1998

My gas gauge goes straight to empty when the tank reaches half-full.

Dear Car Talk

I have a strange problem in my car which surprisingly has improved my dating life My gas gauge goes straight to empty when the tank reaches half-full So I appear to have run out of gas a lot which is...

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