Tag: gas tanks

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can you drive a car with a gasoline engine if you accidentally put diesel in it
Jul 01, 2004

Diesel in a gasoline engine - what do I do?

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Neil's wife accidentally added diesel fuel to her gasoline-powered Honda Odyssey. They called two mechanics and got conflicting advice. Tom and Ray weigh in on who's right and what this mistake is going to cost them.

gas tanks cleaning diesel

is there really any harm is emptying the gas tank before you refill it
Mar 01, 2004

Myth: Running low on gas will cause your car to suck up a bunch of debris from the bottom of the tank.

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Please help me settle this debate with my dear husband Going to the gas station is a pleasant ritual for him where he gets coffee maybe a fat-saturated cholesterol-charged snack and kibitzes with the employees and other blue-collar workers who...

gasoline gas tanks myths

can you seal up a gas tank with a commercial sealant
Aug 01, 2003

I drilled a hole in my neighbor's gas tank, but I MIGHT have fixed it. Do I have to tell them?

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A neighbor asked me -- as the neighborhood fix-it guy -- to repair the torn-up carpet in the back of her car In the process of putting some screws with washers around and through the floor of the car I...

ethics gas tanks

why is keeping a gas tank full advised in very cold weather
Mar 01, 2003

Keeping gas tanks 1/2 full to prevent gas line freezing -- still necessary?

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Every year when winter rolls around in the tundra we call northern Illinois I hear the same old advice from all of the experts that we should all keep our gas tanks at least half-full to prevent gas-line freeze No...

winter gas tanks

Nov 01, 2001

How to fix a faulty gas gauge.

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My grandson just got a Chevy Beretta When the gas tank is empty the gauge still reads a quarter full Otherwise it seems to work accurately What's the problem and how can it be solved -- Jane RAY The problem...

gauges gas tanks

Oct 01, 2001

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

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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...

gas tanks gasoline

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...

gasoline gas tanks gauges

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...

gas tanks science

Aug 01, 1999

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

Dear Car Talk

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...

gasoline gas tanks fuel economy gauges