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#0835: Whose Gas is it, Anyway?

Original Air Date: 08.30.2008

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This week on Car Talk, we wade into the seldom-charted waters of gas pump etiquette. Heidi's got a nifty maneuver to get the last few drops out of her hose, but was alarmed to learn she might be practicing Petrol Larceny. Also, could the essence of Car Talk really be expressed by one single word? Plus, Bruce in Illinois shares another reminder why you should never buy a car from your brother, a Saturn keeps mooing long past the pasture, and a sure-fire way to test a relationship: cook your girlfriend's transmission. All this, plus a few more signs you may need a new car, this week on Car Talk.

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immoral instructions.

by Robert Webb

Howdy Click-n-Clack from St James Missouri. First, I have been a long time listener and love the show. However, I feel that by encouraging your listenership to steal gasoline from the next guy, and it is actually stealing, isn't exactly the correct religious thing to do. I am a former Christian of 40 years, and have been a Buddhist the rest of my 50 plus years. In either religion, andd from what I understand about the beliefs of the Jewish and Muslim religions, intentionally taking something that another person pays for is a "sin" for lack of a better word. In the Jewish and Christian and Catholic relions a set of "Commandments" exists to guide the followers in the correct path, as per their personal beliefs. In all cases, the caller was indeed stealing. Try it yourself. Next time you fill up, do the lifting and shaking and take the gas out of the nozzle as described. Then turn on the pump. You will run it up a few cents. and when gas is as high as it has been under the present administration, a few cents at a time adds up. But, I still laughed through the caller's time! Thanx for years of instruction and laughter, Rob "The Hawaiian Shirt Guy" Webb

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Every last drop

by susanmarcosson

I too hold up the hose to get every last drop out. I paid for it and it's just laying in the hose. Granted it's only a smidgen but at these prices every drop counts. If the guy before me used a higher grade lucky me. Gotta Go.

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by Mike W

Your answer to Question 7 does not sound right to me. I agree that taking out the O2 sensors and cat converters will stop damage to them. But if you take out the O2 sensors, then there is no way for the engine to know the Air fuel ratio. It will thus run open loop. I think that on most vehicles that the ECU will see this as a major problem after a while and shut down the vehicle, or at least take it to limp home mode. So, the way I see it is that the listener will have a terrible time as the ECU will be fighting him all the way. Your advice would work with many older cars, but not recent ones, I think. Love the show!

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