Tag: gas tanks

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Does a dented fuel tank affect the gas gauge
Dec 13, 2011

Can a dented fuel tank's gas gauge be reading correctly?

Dear Car Talk

Joey wants to know if the fuel gauge on his daughter's '98 Honda Civic could be damaged after he accidentally dented her fuel tank -- while replacing her car's rear brake shoes!

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Does an empty gas tank harm the car
Sep 01, 2011

Who's the idiot: Tom and Ray, or Fred?

Dear Car Talk

You recently answered a question about whether it's harmful to let your gas tank run down to empty. You said it's not harmful to the car and it won't cause any damage.

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Water in the gas tank
Oct 01, 2011

Today: Sarah's gas tank is full of water.

Dear Car Talk

I have a Subaru Legacy L wagon Four mechanics in and around Boston can't figure out how twice now in excess of three gallons of water has gotten into my gas tank The first time it stalled out on the...

gas tanks

Will gas mixed with oil damage an engine
Mar 01, 2011

Will Theresa's truck survive a hodge-podge of added fuels?

Dear Car Talk

My husband and I had to go out of town for work for a few weeks, so we left our 14-year-old daughter with an 18-year-old girlfriend of hers whom we trust(ed). Well, the 18-year-old brought over her boyfriend, "Einstein,"...

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how to repair hole in fuel tank
May 01, 2010

Will a hole in the tank break Linda's bank?

Dear Car Talk

My company has a '93 Ford Club Wagon equipped for wheelchairs, as our company provides services for people with developmental disabilities. Some jerk punctured a hole in our fuel tank and took the fuel. We tried to repair it with...

DIY gas tanks repairs

Aug 01, 2008

Is the Honda Fit's gas tank under the front seat, a cause for concern?

Dear Car Talk

My wife wants to buy a Honda Fit, but now she is worried about the gas tank. It is located under the front seat rather than under the trunk. Is this dangerous? -- Prentiss...

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Jan 01, 2008

Today: Tom and Ray settle The Great Gas Tank Debate!

Dear Car Talk

I am having a debate with co-workers about whether filling your gas tank halfway is more or less efficient than filling your gas tank completely. What is the most efficient way to fill a tank? Does the weight of a...

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Jun 01, 2007

What's up with Lottie's slow fill-ups? Find out the cause.

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1998 Nissan Altima, and every time I put gas in the car, the nozzle clicks off, or the gas splashes back out like it's full. What is causing this? It is so irritating! I have to pump gas...

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Jan 01, 2007

Should Saul really have paid 125 bucks for a lousy little gas cap?

Dear Car Talk

You might be familiar with how our military has paid outrageous sums of money for items such as hammers and toilet seats. Did you know that an unsuspecting car owner can pay 125 bucks for a new gas cap to make...

gas tanks

how can i cheaply repair some holes in my gas tank
Sep 01, 2005

Is this gas tank puncture patch a temporary or permanent fix?

Dear Car Talk

My friends and I drove my Honda Civic to a hike in the Sierra Mountains last weekend. Unfortunately, the dirt road turned out to be quite a rocky road, and at the trailhead, I smelled gas, checked, and found that...

gas tanks repairs