Tag: gasoline

104 Posts

Aug 04, 2016

Why Do Gas Prices Vary So Much, State by State (And Even One Block to Another)?

Jim Motavalli

It's not a big oil company conspiracy, because gas stations are often locally owned. Blame refinery costs, rent, and what the market will bear.


Jun 07, 2016

Cheap Gas + Collective Amnesia = Big SUVs

Jim Motavalli

We forget that fuel prices are cyclical, and when they go up again we'll regret all those new gas guzzlers now in driveways everywhere.

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Apr 06, 2016

Americans Driving More, Having More Accidents--in Gas Guzzlers

Jim Motavalli

Cheap gas makes it easier to maintain the family budget, but it's propelling us into long road trips in our new SUVs.

gasoline safety

Effects of diesel in a gas tank
Jan 26, 2016

What Really Happens When You Put Diesel in a Gas Car?

Dear Car Talk

What's the worst that can happen to your car if you mix up the diesel and the gasoline? And does this happen a lot? Car Talk has the answer, here.

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Does driving with low gas do damage
Jan 21, 2016

Gas Myths: How Close to Empty is it Safe to Get?

Dear Car Talk

Today: It used to be that we were told to keep our gas tanks at least half-full to prevent water condensation. Is this still true?

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Can gas be watered down
Dec 24, 2015

Do Gas Stations Ever Thin Gas With Water?

Dear Car Talk

Today: Car Talk tackles a gas station myth for Julie.

gasoline myths

Is it ok to stretch the gas hose across a car when refueling
Oct 27, 2015

Mike vs. Housemate: Who's Right About Proper Fill-Up Technique?

Dear Car Talk

Mike's housemate thinks it's OK to stretch the gas pump hose across your car when refueling but Mike thinks this is a bad idea. Who's right?


Lexus ES300 smells of gas when idling
Sep 17, 2015

What's Causing Gas Smell at Stoplights?

Dear Car Talk

Dan's car is running just fine, but he's been noticing the smell of gasoline when idling at stoplights. The mechanic hasn't been able to replicate the problem. Car Talk's advice for detecting the source of the leak, right here.

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Aug 25, 2015

$2 a Gallon: What It Means

Jim Motavalli

It doesn't mean a return to gas guzzlers, but 30-mpg crossovers will have a field day. And will they sell a lot of Ferraris and Lamborghinis in depressed Middle Eastern countries?


Dec 30, 2013

Futurist's New Year's Prediction: Gas Cars Will "Decline Massively" in 2016

Jim Motavalli

Electric cars definitely are a "disruptive technology," but plugging-in cars will take a while. How long did it take to put horses out to pasture?

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