Tag: gasoline

98 Posts

The truth about unleaded gas
Feb 01, 2017

Before Tobacco, There Was Leaded Gas

Jamie Lincoln Kitman

Today marks yet another anniversary of the monumentally unfortunate first time gasoline with lead in it was offered for sale to consumers.

gasoline history

Jan 05, 2017

Is Higher Octane Gas "Better"?

Dear Car Talk

Dee's car requires 87 octane gas according to the manufacturer. Here's why she may be wasting money filling it with premium.

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should i use a lower or a higher octane gas if i can't get mid range gas
Nov 08, 2016

What to Do When You Need an Octane in Between?

Dear Car Talk

Dave needs an octane in between what's offered at the pump. Should he become an impromptu mixologist when filling up?

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can using premium gas cause a head gasket to blow
Aug 11, 2016

Is Using the Wrong Kind of Gas Causing Blown Head Gaskets?

Dear Car Talk

Does Maureen's granddaughter have a problem with gasoline--or her foot on the gas?

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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.

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