Tag: gasoline

104 Posts

Can a Mini Cooper S run on regular
Aug 22, 2013

Did Refilling With Regular Wreck Howard's Mini?

Dear Car Talk

Howard filled his new Mini Cooper S with regular for a full year before the dealer mentioned it would run better on premium gas. Now he's freaking out! Has he irrevocably damaged his car? Tom and Ray try to soothe Howard's worries with actual car info (plus some mental health suggestions). Read all about it! 


What happens to a stopper that falls in the gas tank
Jun 20, 2013

Boneheaded Mistakes: Gas Tank Edition

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Bob accidentally dropped a rubber stopper into his gas tank. How much will this boneheaded mistake end up costing him? Tom and Ray say he's in luck! Find out why, right here.


Chevy Trailblazer smells of gas when turned on
Jan 29, 2013

Today: Shannon's Trailblazer Smells Like Gasoline

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Shannon smells gas when she starts up her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer. She's seen two mechanics and they say there's nothing to worry about, but she doesn't want to drive her kids to school in a fire-trap. Can Tom and Ray put her mind at ease?

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Is it safe to mix oil-gas mixtures with gasoline
Jan 03, 2013

Today: Weed-Whacker Gas in Honda Accord?

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Jeff has some leftover oil-gas mixture from his weed-whacker that he can't store over the winter. He wonders if it's safe to use to fuel his Honda Accord. Find out what Tom and Ray suggest, right here.


Mar 29, 2012

Running Out of Gas

Jim Motavalli

With $4 fuel on the horizon, Americans are not only getting stranded, they’re also driving less. A majority of us want somebody to do something about pain at the pumps—but there aren’t a whole lot of options.


Difference between diesel and regular gasoline
Sep 01, 2011

Today: The real difference between diesel and gasoline.

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What is the difference between diesel and regular gasoline My boyfriend thinks that diesel is mixed with oil and he can't explain what is in regular gasoline that makes it different from diesel Please explain -- Corie TOM The main...

diesel gasoline

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,"...

gasoline gas tanks

How gasoline turns into carbon dioxide
May 01, 2010

How do you get 20 pounds of carbon dioxide from a gallon of gas?

Dear Car Talk

I've heard that each gallon of gas burned by a car releases about 20 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere. I'm not a chemist, but even allowing for some creative reactions and recombinations going on, how does combusting about six and...

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Does taking the cap off make gas last longer
Jul 01, 2009

Will gas "last longer" with the cap off?

Dear Car Talk

When my husband and I first got married (18 years ago), I noticed that when his car was low on gas, he would remove the gas cap, saying it would make the gas last longer until he could get to a...


Dec 01, 2008

Why topping off the tank is a bad idea.

Dear Car Talk

I got into an argument recently concerning whether I should top off when I fuel up. You know what I mean -- the pump shuts off, and I can either stop or put another half a gallon more in. Is...