My industry has just had a Black Swan event and has entered a period of systemic risk. [more inside]
We just ordered a new vehicle (Volvo V60 with a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine) and I'm trying to figure out the minimum grade of fuel to use. The owner's manual says "Volvo recommends premium fuel for best performance, but using 87 octane or above will not affect engine reliability." In most places in the US, that's regular grade fuel, but we're at higher altitude in New Mexico where regular is 86. If we wanted to meet Volvo's minimum, would that be midgrade 88 to hit that minimum or would regular 86 still meet that spec since we're at higher altitude? Googling returns every answer under the sun, which may be the case here? We'll ask the dealership when it arrives. Thanks!
What strategies were used by peasants of medieval Europe to prepare for and survive the harsh winter months? [more inside]
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?
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]
Do you have a Honda Fit or another compact car that you can recommend for a family of four? [more inside]
Mom wants a fuel-efficient car . . . what should she get? [more inside]
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]
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!
How much jet fuel does it take to get from Vancouver to Beijing? [more inside]
Any uses for old gasoline (petrol)? [more inside]
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]
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?
Have you tried the Nike Fuel Band? What are your thoughts? [more inside]
Does a clean, waxed car REALLY increase fuel efficiency? [more inside]
IF, tomorrow, the world switched to blimps from jets for all but emergency travel, how much fuel would we save? [more inside]
Is there a website that will tell you whether it makes financial sense to travel to a gas station with cheaper gas? [more inside]
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]
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!
Approximately how much of the productivity gains of the past 125 years has been a result of using fossil fuels? [more inside]
My diesel-powered car doesn't want to start but once it does, it runs fine. What's up with that? [more inside]
What could be some reasons why my gas mileage is very suddenly and dramatically craptastic? [more inside]
Is a partially working fuel gauge on a 2000 VOLVO C70 serious? [more inside]
I am disappointed in my relationship with my 97 Honda Civic. Maybe you can give me some advice. YANMM. [more inside]
Is supermarket petrol bad for my car? [more inside]
First time homebuyer - "its customary to purchase the unused fuel from the seller" urf? [more inside]
Legal and bureaucratic obstacles to converting a vehicle to alternative fuel in California? First hand experiences most welcome! [more inside]
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]
What kind of high pressure metric plumbing fitting is this? [pdf link (85kb) | jpeg link (60kb)] [more inside]
Where can I refill compressed natural gas tanks? [more inside]
What percentage of U.S. power plants can run on either natural gas or residual fuel oil? Please cite source.
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]
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]
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]
I'm looking for thoughts on whether I should lock-in a heating oil rate of 3.79 for the season. [more inside]
My car is running at 4000 RPM at 25 mph. What is going on? [more inside]
Car help: why can't i fill up my tank? (hint: it has nothing to do with the economy) [more inside]
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]
What are the differences between vehicles that are ethanol (e85+) compatible and those that are not? [more inside]
Can gasoline futures be used to predict the price we will pay for fuel at the local pump? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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?
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?
One malfunctioning fuel pump + one fuel pump with a broken positive terminal = ? How safe are electric motors immersed in gasoline, anyway? [more inside]
Why is my car fuel tank not filling up properly? [more inside]
How can I maximize fuel economy in a car with an automatic transmission? [more inside]
How can I stop someone stealing fuel from my car? [more inside]
Question about cruise control vs. a special acceleration/coasting technique in terms of fuel efficiency. [more inside]
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