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Fill up Efficiently

Posted by on May. 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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Fill up efficiently. This involves three things:

  • Fill the tank full. If you need to fill up, fill up all the way. The more money you try to save by adding $10 today and then $20 tomorrow will be wasted since each time you will have to travel to the station and wait for a pump. Instead, do it all at once to save time and money.
  • Don't top up your tank between fills. It is wasted money and bad for the environment because it invariably forces liquid fuel into the evaporative emissions system where it overwhelms circuits that are supposed to only route fuel tank vapors to the engine while it is running and can be burned.
  • Wait until you have a quarter tank but don't push this any further. Doing this can extend your gas mileage because you are hauling a lighter fuel load. It also gives you the opportunity to buy more gas if you run across a bargain. However, in cold weather, you run an increased risk of condensation in the fuel tank. Running a car with less than a quarter tank can shorten the life of the electric fuel pump and running on empty will often destroy the pump.

by on May. 15, 2012 at 11:12 AM
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by Gold Member on May. 15, 2012 at 11:25 AM

 Lol...this sounds like my dh talking. All the time I hear his lecturing his sister about keeping a quarter tank of gas at least. She's constantly running on E and since he's a mechanic guess who gets to work on her car. lol..thanks for the tips. I didn't know about the condensation being an issue.

by on May. 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Thanks for sharing !

by Gold Member on May. 15, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I don't fill my vehicle because then everyone wants to use it for little trips to town and I go through more gas then.  Instead, I keep it about 1/4 - 1/2 full.

I do know about the condensation.  We are very careful of it during winter months.

by Suzie on May. 15, 2012 at 3:04 PM

yep for sure

by Ashley on May. 15, 2012 at 8:42 PM

i do this

by on May. 15, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I never knew that last one. I spend so much on gas a week it's ridiculous. I always fill it up when I'm there (I hate going to the gas station).

I don't know if these are true but someone told me
1. Go at night. When it's not as hot out it changes the density of the gas
2. Pump slowly. The faster you pump the more fumes you get instead of gas

by on May. 15, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I also never go below a 1/4 tank. I am so afraid of getting stuck some where.

by on May. 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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by Dawn on May. 16, 2012 at 9:59 AM
We do these.
by Dawn on May. 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM
1 mom liked this
I'm afraid of running out of gas so I make sure I have at least a 1/4 tank.
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