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How to quickly get rid of some old gas?

I have one of those cherry red gasoline jugs that I use to store gas for my lawnmower. Usually I just re-use the gas from year to year, but I know that's bad (OLD GAS!), and I'm trying to take better care of my mower and do things like use new gas and change the oil and, you know, stuff, so I'd like to get rid of it and get some new gas... [more inside]
posted by kbanas on May 9, 2014 - 12 answers

What would be involved in converting an old SUV into an electric vehicle

This is just a thought experiment at this point, and probably will remain so. In the back of my mind I have the idea that when my old SUV finally gives up the ghost I might rip out the internal combustion drivetrain and convert it to an electric vehicle, possibly with a removable range-extender generator. Setting practicality aside for the moment, can you help me envision what this would involve? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 2, 2014 - 11 answers

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

How might I squeeze a little extra mpg out of my old truck?

I've become mildly obsessed with trying to improve the fuel efficiency of my old truck. I've already done all the basic things and I realize that I'm fighting physics at this point, but what else might I consider if I wanted to make a bit of a hobby out of it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Nov 19, 2013 - 28 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

The car that idled way too slow

The car had run out of gas. When it got gas and finally started, it ran very strangely. How come? [more inside]
posted by exphysicist345 on Mar 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Why does my car smell like gas?

Why does my Subaru Forester smell like gasoline, and how can I make it not smell like gasoline? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on May 20, 2011 - 9 answers

Please help me with a car problem

Doing 60mph on an incline, I pressed down on the accelerator and nothing happened. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 31, 2010 - 16 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

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

My 1994 Toyota Camry died while driving, any ideas why?

My 1994 Toyota Camry died while driving, any ideas why? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons on Dec 23, 2008 - 20 answers

Radio on while getting gas safe?

Is it safe to keep my radio on while I refill my car's gas?
posted by alitorbati on Sep 1, 2008 - 11 answers

When gas goes above 4 bucks a gallon, it's the premium cars who hurt the most...

I want to use cheap gas in my 2006 Audi A4. Will this void my warranty? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 22, 2008 - 14 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

Does this waste gas?

When I push the gas pedal on my manual car down beyond where it accelerates, am I wasting gas? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk on May 14, 2008 - 11 answers

Tricks to get better MPG

Simple tricks to improve MPG? For instance, I've thought about removing the rear seats/internal molding to lighten my car. I've also thought about aero-improvements, such as moon-disc wheel covers, or even somehow making a cover over my rear wheel wells. I'll be removing my rear wing this weekend, but what other tweaks could I do? [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso on Apr 29, 2008 - 39 answers

Thoughts on possible bad gas - the car kind?

Bad Gas, the car kind, I think - advice? [more inside]
posted by rainbaby on Feb 18, 2008 - 11 answers

Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while?

Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while? I usually fill up at Shell, and there is 87, 89 and 91 kinds of gas, with 87 being the cheapeast and 91 being the most expensive. I usually get 87. However, I heard that if you own a car and want it to last longer, it is beneficial to fill it up with the most expensive gas, to "clean the engine". Is that true? If so, what is the explanation behind it? I drive a 2002 Kia Rio, if that makes any difference.
posted by esolo on Dec 22, 2007 - 22 answers

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive?

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive? [more inside]
posted by esolo on Sep 18, 2007 - 21 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

car gas diesel used

Diesel vs. Gas used car. Help me decide. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Jun 6, 2007 - 16 answers

I know they're money-grubbing bastards, but would they stoop this low?

Who would I contact if I suspect a gas station has altered the pumps to give out less than a full gallon? [more inside]
posted by denimflavored on May 9, 2006 - 36 answers

Why does Wyoming have the cheapest gas right now?

Why is Wyoming the cheapest US state for gas right now and why does this map of gas prices look strangely similar to the 2004 voting maps? [more inside]
posted by p3t3 on Apr 28, 2006 - 22 answers

Questions about gasoline.

All about gasoline. [more inside]
posted by grateful on Apr 26, 2006 - 26 answers

Should I warm my car up before I drive?

What are the advantages (if any) of letting your car engine run idle to warm up before driving? [more inside]
posted by xoe26 on Jan 11, 2006 - 18 answers

Miracle car drives after it runs out of gas...or does it?

What happens when a Hybrid car (i.e. Prius) runs out of gas? Can it keep driving on the battery? [more inside]
posted by clgregor on Dec 22, 2005 - 10 answers

Bad Gas Mileage

Why is my Outback only getting 21 MPG! [more inside]
posted by retro88 on Aug 18, 2005 - 24 answers

Gas caps on cars - which side?

Sitting in a car today as my friend was filling her tank, and my colleagues and I wondered aloud why there doesn't seem to be a standard for which side of the car has the gas cap on it. The car we were in had it on the right, as do both my cars, but the others in the car had cars with the caps on the left. What logic do car manufacturers use to determine from which side fuel is delivered? Some vehicles have the delivery point at the rear, and I believe I once saw a car with the gas cap near the front somewhere. Anyone know a rough ratio of left / right on North American cars? If there is a majority, is it an ergonomics thing? Just curious.
posted by galto on May 18, 2005 - 45 answers

Bad Gas

Is there such a thing as "bad" gasoline and can it mess up your car? (+) [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Jan 21, 2005 - 40 answers

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