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stephen 02-18-2010 05:17 PM

Gas! Does it matter?
 
so i was talking to my friend last night while he was getting gas. he went to chevron or whatever to fill up and was telling me how he goes there because they are cheapest. but i said "hey the arco down the street is 9 cents cheaper". and he replied "yeah but there gas is crap and watered down"

my question is does it really matter where you go to get gas?. but dont they all have to comply to some standard or something? or is arco and all those other cheaper places watering it down?

STL 02-18-2010 05:31 PM

What does he mean by "watered down"

stephen 02-18-2010 05:36 PM

he was saying how in order to provide that 9 cents of savings to their gas that they are providing a lesser quality product. like they are diluting it in some way or something, i dont know what they would be doing it with i just know that he said water. i have no idea he got his facts.

STL 02-18-2010 05:41 PM

Well water will hurt your engine.

Might just be who they get the gas from that is why it's cheaper.

We have a station here and they pump it for you. There is nothing there but gas pumps. There gas cost the same as a convenient store

smakes 02-18-2010 05:41 PM

arco does water down their gas. i used to run arco gas in my lawn mower and i had to have the carb rebuilt way too often. after awhile i switched it to chevron and havent had to rebuild the carb in about a year. i use costco gas in my truck tho.

stephen 02-18-2010 05:46 PM

how do you know that you lawn mower didnt just have a bad carb? and i was thinking dont they have a standard or something that they have to meet for there gas that would prevent them from watering it down?

smakes 02-18-2010 05:48 PM

i havent had to have the carb rebuilt since ive started using chevron in it. thats how i know.

stephen 02-18-2010 06:09 PM

hmm.

BAMA BOY 02-18-2010 06:12 PM

they " water it down" with ethonal

Jp7 02-18-2010 06:18 PM

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Originally Posted by BAMA BOY (Post 74102)
they " water it down" with ethonal

Ethanol is actually more highly oxygenated than gasoline.

surfer03133 02-18-2010 06:25 PM

i buy gas from either BP, Hess, or Racetrac. They don't import oil from the middle east. once i bought from shell and got like 140 miles out of my whole tank. the tanks before and after averaged 230 miles so i think it was bad gas lol

West 02-18-2010 09:17 PM

I usually stick to a more well-known larger name stations. I have noticed though that different stations I will get slightly better or worse gas mileage that tank.

Smokey 02-18-2010 09:21 PM

I used to get my gas from a very cheap gas station. the gas was about 20 cents cheaper than anywhere in town. After a while though, my fuel pump went out. I now only go to shell; Their gas is a higher octane as well.

jadavis1992 02-18-2010 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Jp7 (Post 74109)
Ethanol is actually more highly oxygenated than gasoline.

Ethanol is more oxygenated that just means it is an alcohol CH3CH2OH. Ethanol is less volatile and requires about 2 and a half times times the volume to get the same results as gasoline.

smakes 02-18-2010 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Audible Odyssey (Post 74318)
I used to get my gas from a very cheap gas station. the gas was about 20 cents cheaper than anywhere in town. After a while though, my fuel pump went out. I now only go to shell; Their gas is a higher octane as well.

higher octane, as good as it sounds, is actually worse than lower octane gas. engines are tuned for certain octanes, and therefor they spark for a certain duration. higher octanes in a lower tuned octane car dont fully burn, leaving a bunch of crap in your engine. you can get tunes to use higher octane, but just use what you should normally use.


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