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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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She's not getting any gas!

by David-n-Virginia

Here in Virginia, the pump handle works ONLY when the pump is running. Let me explain. The valve in the handle only opens when there is pressure behind it. So it is impossible to empty the hose. You would have to unscrew the handle to get the gas out of the hose. That said- A guy at work found a pump with a defective handle. After pumping his $20.00 the pump shut off, but the handle did not click off. He was able to siphon another 5 or 6 gallons of gas before he felt too many people were watching him. He had checked his oil, washer, etc. He finally left, and the next day the pump was tagged "out of service" Karma got him in the end, as he had very bad luck for the next week. Everything he touched broke. He even ran out of gas one day !

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by hipguy4rel

I have been straining the excess gas I paid for in the line before I recap the tank. I am looking forward to the quantitative data on the amount wasted/saved/stolen during 2 extra shakes. Is there any laws against the extra drop stealing? Sidenote-- I remember a discussion on the best time to get gas, however I am still a fan of gassing up first thing in the morning. It just feels like the liquid is more condensed and is there for fuller when it is coldest. Would this have any effect on the shaken amount?

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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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