Monday, March 9, 2009


Gas...good to know

Maybe these facts will help you deal iwth those high prices a little better.

Forwarded from a man who works with gas!!!

I've been in petroleum pipeline business for about 31 years, currently working for the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline here in San Jose, CA. We deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period from the pipe line; one day it's diesel, the next day it's jet fuel and gasoline.

We have 34 storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.
Here are some tricks to help you get your money's worth:

1. Fill up your car or truck in the morning when the temperature is still cool.
Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground;
and the colder the ground, the denser the gasoline. When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so if you're filling up in the afternoon or in the evening, what should be a gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and temperature of the fuel (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products) are significant. Every truckload that we load is temperature-compensated
so that the indicated gallonage is actually the amount pumped. A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for businesses, but service stations don't have temperature compensation at their pumps.

2. If a tanker truck is filling the station's tank at the time you want to buy gas,
do not fill up; most likely dirt and sludge in the tank is being stirred up when gas is being delivered, and you might be transferring that dirt from the bottom of their tank into your car's tank.

3. Fill up when your gas tank is half-full (or half-empty), because the more gas you have in your tank the less air there is and gasoline evaporates rapidly, especially when it's warm. (Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating 'roof' membrane to act as a barrier between the gas and the atmosphere, thereby minimizing evaporation.)


4. If you look at the trigger you'll see that it has three delivery settings: slow, medium and high. When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to the high setting. You should be pumping at the slow setting, thereby minimizing
vapors created while you are pumping. Hoses at the pump are corrugated; the corrugations act as a return path for vapor recovery from gas that already has been metered. If you are pumping at the high setting, the agitated gasoline contains more vapor, which is being sucked back into the underground tank, so you're getting less
gas for your money.

Hope this will help ease your 'pain at the pump' .

I didn't know this!

Quick question:

On what side of your car is your gas tank? If you are anything like me, you probably can't remember right away. My solution was to stick my head out the window, strain my neck and look. If you don't do this in your own car you have definitely done it in a borrowed or rented car.

Well ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to share with you my little secret so you will no longer put your neck at risk of discomfort or injury. If you look at your fuel gauge,you'll see a small icon of a fuel pump. The handle of the pump will extend out
on either the left or right side of the pump.

If your tank is on the left, the handle will be on the left.

If your tank is on the right, the handle will be on the right.

If you have one with an arrow,the tank will be on the side the arrow points. Left in this case. It is that simple!

Why don't the dealers share such important information with car buyers?

I don't understand why this isn't in the drivers' manual.

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