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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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by crrobin

I fail to follow your guys' logic on this one. The meter is in the pump housing before the nozzle. The amount of gasoline purchased passes through the meter on to the hose to the nozzle and into the tank. Heidi "owns" or has paid for everything that passed through the meter. My question is why is she not getting what she paid for; i.e., what is in the hose between the nozzle and the meter??

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by auntiegladys

I think Fred and Al are just wonderful! We used to heist some brewskis in South Philly a few years back. they have gone on to bigger and better things, but I'm still sitting on this stool. Keep up the good work guys! I listen every morning on my transistor at 9AM. Wudn't miss it 4 the world.

Favorite Moment: when Fred fell down in that pile of **** and got his pants all dirty.

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by rkwong78

I try to empty out the pump not just for a few drops of gas, but also so that I don't drip the gas on the ground when I pull the nozzle out. Also, any gas left in the nozzle is open to air so that in AZ, on a slow day, any gas left there is going to evaporate anyway, gas being such a volatile liquid. Was also disappointed at the answer regarding accidental shifting out of D3 into Park or Reverse. Usually Click and Clack support their answers with some technical justification...this time there was none, just a 'don't sweat it'. What's happening in the automatic transmission when you do that? Why don't the gears strip? How are they built to avoid permanent damage? I love these guys, but this was not their best show.

Favorite Moment: One word...constult


A new word

Mechanics, hosts... constultants?

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