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Is It Better To Not Fill Up?

My car weighs 4013lbs (with me in it) and averages 17mpg on my 21.7m (roundtrip) commute. My gas tank holds 20 gallons, but I only ever fill it up half-full. The reason I do this, is because my brain knows how heavy 4 x 2.5 gallon containers of water is, and thinks that not carrying this additional approx 60lbs of weight (1.5% of the 4013lbs) will be better for both mpg and performance (i.e. less liquid sloshing around the tank). Is my brain crazy?
posted by forallmankind on Dec 14, 2013 - 19 answers

 

Deisel and sustainability

I'm will be looking for a car soon. A USED car, as I simply can not afford a new hybrid or anything like that. I have heard of TDI Jettas being as few efficient as Prius's. I am aware that diesel is not so awesome environmentally. But I want to know if it evens out. I'm looking for links to reputable information on the topic. NOT - opinion of hear say. If you know enough to talk my ear off about it then you know where to find the information, then do so and send me a well resourced link to back it up. [more inside]
posted by misformiche on Jul 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Compact Car for a Floppy Family

Do you have a Honda Fit or another compact car that you can recommend for a family of four? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 9, 2013 - 30 answers

She wants to save money—and not f*ck up the environment

Mom wants a fuel-efficient car . . . what should she get? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Post bail-out: Good MPG Car from 2013

There is a good chance that I will be the owner of a new car sometime soon (like the next few months or so). Looking for a good balance between fuel efficiency and inexpensive to repair (something I have not really thought about until recently, regrettably). You are not a car expert, likely, but what would you advise from what you know? Details, including what this car replaces, inside. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Apr 11, 2013 - 24 answers

Mechanical Filter: Follow-up question: '93 del Sol won't start

A few weeks ago I asked this question. Consider this a follow-up question. I have a 1993 Honda del Sol 5-speed Si that has a "mystery" problem of sometimes starting and sometimes not starting. It's always a cold-start problem. I put the key in the ignition, switch it to ON until the check engine light goes on, the fuel pump pressurizes, and the main relay clicks, and then crank it. Sometimes it will fire up right away. Other times the engine will turn over but not ignite. Once it is started, it will start up fine for the rest of the day. It only gives me trouble when the engine has gone completely cold and has been left untouched for upwards of four hours. A new issue has developed since I first posted my question. Even after getting the car started, sometimes just a few minutes later during a sharp acceleration (approaching 4000rpms or more) the engine stalls out. I have to pull the car over and start it up again. It always starts up fine after that and will usually not stall out again. I had this issue looked at by several mechanics, most of whom hadn't the slightest clue what it was or willingness to investigate. The last mechanic I took it to said it was a faulty ignition switch and replaced it . . . but that has done no good whatsoever. Also, just FYI, the spark plugs are relatively new. Any thoughts are appreciated!
posted by fignewton on Feb 28, 2013 - 10 answers

How much fuel did we use?

How much jet fuel does it take to get from Vancouver to Beijing? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Feb 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Homemade napalm?

Any uses for old gasoline (petrol)? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Jun 10, 2012 - 11 answers

Is my metabolism really this sluggish?

Does the Nike Fuel Band calculate total calories burned or calories over basal metabolic rate? I have a hard time believing that, at 6:44 PM, I have only burned 376 calories since 12 AM. [more inside]
posted by Punctual on Apr 18, 2012 - 1 answer

Sync fuel records across multiple iThings?

My wife and I both have iPhones. We also own two cars. We each drive either of the cars, depending on where we are going and how many kids we're taking. Is there an app that lets us sync fuel records for both cars between both phones, no matter who does the fill-up? How do we synchronize our records?
posted by Pater Aletheias on Apr 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Have you tried the Nike Fuel Band?

Have you tried the Nike Fuel Band? What are your thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Mar 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Wax on, wax off

Does a clean, waxed car REALLY increase fuel efficiency? [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Jun 29, 2011 - 11 answers

Like the Goodyear blimp. Only for everything.

IF, tomorrow, the world switched to blimps from jets for all but emergency travel, how much fuel would we save? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on May 23, 2011 - 18 answers

Should I drive to Jersey for the cheap gas?

Is there a website that will tell you whether it makes financial sense to travel to a gas station with cheaper gas? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Am I poisoning myself when I drive?

I smell gasoline very strongly in my car. The smell began suddenly when the weather got colder than usual. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Jan 1, 2011 - 15 answers

What kind of fuel should we get for a creme brulee torch?

My friend needs fuel for a Crate & Barrel's Culinary Torch, SKU 447463 The torch was purchased at Crate & Barrel, fuel not included, so: What kind of fuel should we get? We've heard propane. Is that correct, or should it be something else? And what sort of container does it need to be in? Finally, where to buy it? Thanks!
posted by world b free on Nov 9, 2010 - 10 answers

When my batteries die, I go to Wal-mart

Approximately how much of the productivity gains of the past 125 years has been a result of using fossil fuels? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jun 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Why does my diesel run fine but start so poorly?

My diesel-powered car doesn't want to start but once it does, it runs fine. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Dec 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Automechanicfilter: The Case of the Thirsty Tank

What could be some reasons why my gas mileage is very suddenly and dramatically craptastic? [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Nov 22, 2009 - 19 answers

Is a partially working fuel gauge on a 2000 VOLVO C70 serious?

Is a partially working fuel gauge on a 2000 VOLVO C70 serious? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Sep 19, 2009 - 4 answers

in cars

I am disappointed in my relationship with my 97 Honda Civic. Maybe you can give me some advice. YANMM. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger on Sep 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Mythbust supermarket petrol for me, please.

Is supermarket petrol bad for my car? [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Aug 30, 2009 - 14 answers

buying home - pay for unused existing fuel?

First time homebuyer - "its customary to purchase the unused fuel from the seller" urf? [more inside]
posted by SirStan on Jun 22, 2009 - 39 answers

Alternative fuels in California?

Legal and bureaucratic obstacles to converting a vehicle to alternative fuel in California? First hand experiences most welcome! [more inside]
posted by mosk on Apr 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Are freight trains replacing long haul trucks?

FreightTrainFilter: Living near train tracks in Greensboro, NC, I've noticed that there's an increase in the amount of double-stacked trailers that you would normally see being hauled by rigs on the interstate. Is this related simply to fuel costs, or are there other factors at work? [more inside]
posted by lifeofthunder on Mar 2, 2009 - 6 answers

What kind of high pressure metric fuel fitting is this?

What kind of high pressure metric plumbing fitting is this? [pdf link (85kb) | jpeg link (60kb)] [more inside]
posted by KevCed on Jan 25, 2009 - 14 answers

Refill compressed natural gas tanks? Santa Cruz

Where can I refill compressed natural gas tanks? [more inside]
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 on Jan 23, 2009 - 2 answers

What percentage of U.S. power plants can run on either natural gas or residual fuel oil?

What percentage of U.S. power plants can run on either natural gas or residual fuel oil? Please cite source.
posted by zembla3 on Jan 16, 2009 - 4 answers

Are gas stoves supposed to produce a sticky residue?

I know a couple of folks with gas stoves, and they have trouble with a sticky residue coating their walls and ceiling around the range. They describe it as inherent to cooking with gas. (It's really disgusting.) Yet other folks I know who cook with gas don't report any such problems. Is this a known problem? Any idea why it would affect some people, but not others? Different types of gas (natural vs. propane)? Badly-tuned stoves? Something they're cooking? [more inside]
posted by waldo on Dec 31, 2008 - 33 answers

Why does a BIC lighter have separated fuel chambers?

In a cheap ol' plastic BIC-type lighter there's a divider that separates the fuel chamber into two sections. Why does this exist? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs on Nov 27, 2008 - 18 answers

Is air shipping much more inefficient than truck shipping?

How much jet fuel does it take to fly a 50lb box 100 miles vs. gasoline for driving the same box the same distance? [more inside]
posted by Caviar on Nov 4, 2008 - 7 answers

lock in or take my chances re heating oil rate?

I'm looking for thoughts on whether I should lock-in a heating oil rate of 3.79 for the season. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive on Oct 1, 2008 - 11 answers

My car is running at 4000 RPM at 25 mph. What is going on?

My car is running at 4000 RPM at 25 mph. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by bend2squares on Aug 21, 2008 - 10 answers

Pro-ana car

Car help: why can't i fill up my tank? (hint: it has nothing to do with the economy) [more inside]
posted by speef on Jul 31, 2008 - 13 answers

Looking for a green family car

Help us pick a car! We're looking for a good used family car. We have two daughters, a 2 1/2 year old and a newborn and need a car that can accommodate an infant car carrier without putting the front passenger's knees in the glovebox. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John on Jun 5, 2008 - 23 answers

What's Involved In an Ethanol Conversion?

What are the differences between vehicles that are ethanol (e85+) compatible and those that are not? [more inside]
posted by IronLizard on May 8, 2008 - 14 answers

Carnac the Magnificent

Can gasoline futures be used to predict the price we will pay for fuel at the local pump? [more inside]
posted by netbros on May 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Why won't my diesel start?

How can I get this diesel to start? I have a 1996 Vandura van with a 6.5L diesel motor. I stored it all winter...and with a quick jump it started. I drove it around and it did fine, but then right before I got it home it died. Now it won't start. What am I doing wrong? Do I need to add something to the fuel? The batteries are fine and it cranks, but won't turn over.
posted by rocket_johnny on Apr 14, 2008 - 8 answers

My car says it has gas but I don't think it does. It won't let me put more in. What to do?

My car, which is rarely driven, is unexpectedly acting like it's full of gas and will not accept more. I have no recollection of filling it with gas, though I do recall that the last time I drove it, it was hope-i-make-it-home almost empty. Am I just super forgetful? Or is there another explanation? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Mar 15, 2008 - 42 answers

Fuel Injectors Leaking

I drive a 97 Cavalier that is otherwise in good condition, but I am having a terrible time with the injectors leaking gas. [more inside]
posted by blue shadows on Feb 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Gas Puzzler

OK, I know this is a little silly but it's really beginning to bug me. Is there a way to get the nozzle from a commercial gasoline dispenser out of my car without spilling a few drops of gasoline onto the car or the ground? I have tried shaking the nozzle every which way, i have tried fiddling with the hose, but nothing seems to work. Is spilling a little gas every time I fill up a law of nature, or am I missing something that everyone else knows somehow?
posted by ubiquity on Jan 6, 2008 - 11 answers

look at that S car go

My friend says the fuel injection in my 2002 Jetta wagon (non-diesel) suffers if I let the tank get less than 1/4 full. She also believes that "el cheapo" gasoline, from locally-owned non-chain stations, isn't as good, or is actively bad, for the car. Is there any truth to either of these claims?
posted by luriete on Dec 7, 2007 - 29 answers

Impatience Might Kill Me Yet

One malfunctioning fuel pump + one fuel pump with a broken positive terminal = ? How safe are electric motors immersed in gasoline, anyway? [more inside]
posted by IronLizard on Dec 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Why is my car fuel tank not filling up properly?

Why is my car fuel tank not filling up properly? [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention on Nov 12, 2007 - 10 answers

The peachtrees are killing my gas mileage!

How can I maximize fuel economy in a car with an automatic transmission? [more inside]
posted by wondercow on Oct 9, 2007 - 25 answers

How can I stop someone stealing fuel from my car?

How can I stop someone stealing fuel from my car? [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Aug 26, 2007 - 26 answers

Accellerate/Coast method more fuel efficient than cruise control?

Question about cruise control vs. a special acceleration/coasting technique in terms of fuel efficiency. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jun 14, 2007 - 11 answers

Does gasoline burn at different rates in my car's gastank?

In three cars I've driven, I get about 300 miles per tank of gas. But with all three cars, I can get up to 200 miles by the time I hit 1/2 tank. But invariably, by the time I near the 300 mile mark, I'm on E. Am I nuts or do gas seem to burn faster in the lower 1/2 of my tank? Is this mental or by design? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Apr 7, 2007 - 22 answers

Ripped off at the E85 pump

"My first experience purchasing an alternative fuel (E85)", or "How can I get my $20ish back?" or, "why is this such a pain in the ass?" [more inside]
posted by bradn on Feb 27, 2007 - 17 answers

Gel, GU or?

What sort of fuel should I use for long-distance cycling events? Yes, there is [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Oct 23, 2006 - 22 answers

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