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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

It's a gas

I bought a used gas dryer, and need help connecting it. [more inside]
posted by Pants! on May 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Is natural gas conversion a slam dunk?

Other than the cost of switching, is it pretty reasonable to convert from oil to natural gas? I own my home, and am unlikely to move.
posted by portabella on May 26, 2008 - 3 answers

Should I bail out of my SUV now?

Should I dump my SUV? I have a 2006 Expedition, I've only put 12,000 miles on it since I purchased it new. My commute is 12 miles round trip and I only drive it in the winter and when it rains in the spring and summer, I bike on all other days. My concern is two fold. First, I am currently under water on my loan and will have to come up with around $5,000 on a trade or private sale. Second, if I keep the vehicle am I effectively throwing good money after bad, will this vehicle be unsellable / undriveable in a few years. I know that my question requires some prognostication, but I would appreciate some opinions.
posted by revan on May 23, 2008 - 27 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

Road trip! Wisconsin to Arizona

From Thursday-Saturday, I'll be moving from Eau Claire, WI to Mesa, AZ. I have to drive. Money-saving tips? [more inside]
posted by charmston on May 11, 2008 - 13 answers

NASCAR and Earth

Why are "NASCAR", "peak oil", "global warming" and "gas prices" never mentioned in the same sentence? Are there statistics on how much gas / oil / petroleum products that are used for a typical race? What about practice races?
posted by yoga on May 8, 2008 - 12 answers

Should I give up on gas?

My new gas range is breaking my heart. WTF is wrong with it? And if it is a goner, should I bother trying to replace it with another gas range, or give up and switch to electric? [more inside]
posted by Enroute on May 6, 2008 - 17 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

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

Faster Than a Speeding Gas Pump

Does it take longer to fill up a gas tank when the price goes up by 25%? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Apr 27, 2008 - 13 answers

Haunted by a pop art painting from my childhood -- who painted it?

60s pop art painting of a Gulf sign -- who is the artist? [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Apr 14, 2008 - 10 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

Water Boiling Point Question

At what air pressure will water boil around 65 Degrees farenheight? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 on Feb 27, 2008 - 13 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

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

Why would a gas station remove the hold-open lever on the gas nozzle?

I've noticed that nearly all of the gas stations in my new domicile (upstate NY) have removed the hold-open levers, forcing motorists to squeeze the handle for the duration of the fill. Why do they do this?
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Feb 5, 2008 - 43 answers

-Enter your zip code please -Across the street from you

Why was I asked for my zip code when I payed at the pump? ID verification? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas on Feb 5, 2008 - 30 answers

Greenhouse gas emissions per kg of fossil fuel

Given that, say, 100kg of fossil fuel is used in the making of a certain consumer product, I am interested in knowing - roughly - how much greenhouse gas emissions this might produce. Anyone know off-hand? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 21, 2008 - 6 answers

I love it, but it makes me smell

I was going to post this as myself, but I bottled out. I can be contacted on cabbagebreath68 @ googlemail.com. What can I do to limit the amount of gas produced by eating foods such as beans, cauliflower, radishes, etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2008 - 16 answers

Why do liquid fuel rockets vent gas?

Why do liquid-fuel rockets vent gas while on the launch pad? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Dec 30, 2007 - 7 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

Getting our natural gas turned back on by Christmas?

Do I have any options as far as getting our natural gas turned back on by Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga on Dec 20, 2007 - 17 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

Heater woes.

Can I fix my gas heater without hurting myself? [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor on Dec 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Why WaWa?

Why do people like WaWa so much? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella on Nov 26, 2007 - 34 answers

My clothes dryer doesn't stay hot for long

My gas fueled clothes dryer initially gets hot but soon after goes cold...hivemind help me debug the problem. [more inside]
posted by mmascolino on Nov 8, 2007 - 13 answers

Why is my house using so much gas?

Why is my natural gas bill insane this month? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Oct 18, 2007 - 13 answers

Smell ya later!

DigestiveEnzyme filter (or maybe FartFilter): Beano is the best! But is is just a band-aid solution for something more serious? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Oct 14, 2007 - 15 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

question about aesthetic of gas fireplace

Should I take out my gas fireplace insert? [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity on Sep 18, 2007 - 12 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

Instruct me in the ancient art of SBDs.

Instruct me in the ancient art of SBDs. [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson on Sep 14, 2007 - 14 answers

Any advice about paying someone to update an older gas range?

Any advice about paying someone to update an older gas range? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y on Sep 11, 2007 - 11 answers

Which is a better stove: gas or induction?

My husband and I cook a lot. We're moving from an apartment with a decent gas stove/oven to one with a crappy electric stove/oven. Obviously, Something Must Be Done. Should we go for gas or induction? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess on Sep 10, 2007 - 22 answers

Grill DOA?

Gas Grill Filter: The lid slipped and *slammed* as I was putting it down while cooking dinner on my gas grill ( 6-8yo Weber Genesis, if it makes a difference). A bunch of black flaky schmutz landed on my food and a mid to high pitched hum started emanating from the gas tank. [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Sep 6, 2007 - 8 answers

cash at the gas station

How does offering discounts for cash payments benefit gas stations? [more inside]
posted by moonlet on Sep 5, 2007 - 17 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

We wish not to die in a fire thank you very much...

Possible Gas Leak: Should there be any sort of continuous extremely weak gas smell coming from an old gas stove? [more inside]
posted by toftflin on Aug 8, 2007 - 12 answers

Advise on camping burners?

I'm trying to find a cheapish single burner stove for camping, and a local store is selling the Primus Classic Trail burner, BUT has run out of Primus gas cylinders. Is it possible to use it with another brand? The girl in the store said it wasn't recommended, but how bad will it be: is it the "doesn't work well" type of not recommended, or the "might explode" type of not recommended? [more inside]
posted by easternblot on Aug 2, 2007 - 16 answers

Chevron with Techron worth it?

Is "brand" gas - like Chevron with Techron - worth the extra 10-15 cents/gallon?
posted by joshuaconner on Jul 12, 2007 - 26 answers

New House & New Sufur Smell - What do we do?!

We've just moved into a new house and we've noticed a strange odor both inside and outside most nights since we've been here. It's our first house ever and we're at a loss with regards what to do... [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Jun 24, 2007 - 30 answers

I smell gas

We just moved in to a new apartment with a gas stove/range. When we run the oven, even though the pilot light is lit and it heats up, there is a strong gas smell. We freaked out and turned it off but is this dangerous? Is it possible that it just smells of gas right away but it would dissipate in a few minutes? I would call the landlord right away but we already called with a laundry list of problems today so I'd like to avoid a follow up if at all possible.
posted by jules1651 on Jun 21, 2007 - 9 answers

Save my steak!

My gas grill won't light properly. I read about the Flow Limiting Device (FLD) but the steps to reset it seem not to work. What is my problem, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid on Jun 15, 2007 - 5 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

What Is the Logic Behind this Pricing Strategy?

What is the strategy behind gas station pricing? Frequently I'll see two gas stations across the street from one another. Basic sales logic would tell you that the two stations need to be price competitive with one another to earn business, since both are equally accessible to customers. Yet often I'll notice that one station's per gallon price is a good $.10 higher than the across the street competitor. Is there a strategy to this than I'm missing? Or just illogical greed?
posted by The Gooch on May 16, 2007 - 30 answers

How can I continue to bulk up when my supplement gives me flatulence from hell?

How can I continue to bulk up when my supplement gives me flatulence from hell? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on Apr 9, 2007 - 17 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

potatos and.....?

I'm looking for a simple menu of foods that fill nutritional requirements, are easy to make, and that won't bother my fussy unhappy gut while I'm on a crazy schedule for the next while. [more inside]
posted by stray on Mar 5, 2007 - 13 answers

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