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 -
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 -
How do I best get rid of some gasoline that got into where I really don't want it? [more inside]
posted by Citrus
on Dec 11, 2012 -
New Jersey gasoline is more efficient than Massachusetts gasoline? I seem to get much better gas mileage with both my cars when they are filled up in NJ. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello
on Jul 26, 2012 -
I have a down jacket that appears to have something like petrol/gasoline on it (but I don't know where it came from) The instructions say 'no dry clean'. How can I get the smell out OR wash and dry the jacket. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied
on Oct 29, 2011 -
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 -
Did I just pay for Premium Gasoline when I was really pumping Mid-Grade? While I was fueling up the car I noticed 2 of the 3 nozzles were switched from their correct position; what did I pay for? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID
on Apr 7, 2010 -
Snowing like crazy in Virginia and I just filled our emergency generator so it is ready in case we lose power. I overfilled it and the overflow of gas went through the paper air filter and soaked it. I washed the filter out and it is drying, but if I need to run the generator if power goes out can I run it a) without the air filter and foam thing installed or b) while the filter is still stinking of gas?
posted by 543DoublePlay
on Feb 5, 2010 -
Not that I'm complaining, but why have gas prices dropped so dramatically in recent weeks? I understand how they rose so high-- chaos in the Middle East disrupted the oil supply and hurricanes destroyed some processing capability in the US-- but I'm seeing close to $1.80 a gallon now when I thought I'd never see under $3 again. Forgive me for my ignorance, but I feel like I missed something.
posted by Faint of Butt
on Nov 25, 2008 -
What's the fairest way to split gasoline and other costs between riders on a roadtrip? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu
on Jun 23, 2008 -
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 -
What is the difference in cost to produce diesel fuel versus gasoline? Does one require more oil than the other? [more inside]
posted by Reverend John
on Mar 24, 2008 -
Does anyone have any ideas about why my 2003 Subaru Outback stutters on acceleration for the ten or fifteen minutes after I fill it up with gas? [more inside]
posted by delfuego
on Mar 11, 2008 -
What would happen if I put gasoline with two-stroke oil in it into my conventional four-stroke lawnmower? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb!
on Feb 29, 2008 -
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 -
Is "brand" gas - like Chevron with Techron - worth the extra 10-15 cents/gallon?
posted by joshuaconner
on Jul 12, 2007 -
I need to purchase a heavy duty gasoline brushcutter: I have to clear small trees, multifloral rose bushes, and lots of vines over 25+ acres. I need a 35 to 55 cc engine as some of these vines are 5+ inches wide. Have you used one, and do you have any suggestions as to make and model? I am not looking for a chainsaw.
posted by Runcible Spoon
on Apr 26, 2007 -
If I were to drive from Columbia, SC, to Montgomery, AL, in the next few weeks, how much money would I need to set aside for gas? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja
on Apr 8, 2007 -
RegionalGasPriceFilter: Around August 8, the price of unleaded regular gasoline in Ohio and Oregon were the same, at about $3.01/gallon. Since then, the price of gas in Oregon has dropped only a nickel ($2.96/gallon), whereas the price of gas in Ohio has dropped a whopping 60 cents a gallon ($2.41/gallon) (figures via gasbuddy.com). Why? [more inside]
posted by saladpants
on Sep 6, 2006 -
In the late 70s or early 80s, I watched a movie, probably on network television, which was called something like, "The Last V8" or "The Last of the V8s". Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by tomierna
on Aug 12, 2006 -
How much does an x
% ethanol gasoline blend product reduce mileage? Does the environmental benefit from ethanol blends outweigh the increased consumption of gasoline products? Or is the benefit negligible for the consumer? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jun 19, 2006 -
Is regular unleaded gasoline made with only petroleum-derived compounds better than gasoline containing ethanol? [more inside]
posted by ackptui
on May 13, 2006 -
Why do some people find the smell of gasoline pleasant?
posted by jeremias
on Apr 29, 2006 -
Ethanol Evil? I've heard having energy and food competing for land will be bad for the environment. I've heard ethanol burns cleaner and will create less CO2 which is good for the environment.
Also a side question, how much ethanol is currently in gasoline, and is that a good or bad thing?
posted by parallax7d
on Apr 24, 2006 -
What is the shelf life of the gasoline/oil mix that is used in 2 stroke engines? I use my chain saw 2-3 times a year and mixing fresh gas/oil mix every time is both wasteful and creates a disposal problem. How often should the gasoline in my emergency generator be changed?
posted by Raybun
on Feb 19, 2006 -
Over the past few years, grocery supermarkets on the West Coast of the U.S. have been getting into the business of selling gasoline. Is this happening other places? Does anyone know why this is happening? Why gasoline? Why not fast food drive throughs or some other revenue producer in that section of their parking lot?
posted by Crackerbelly
on Dec 15, 2005 -
GasFilter: How do I learn more about the quality of various gasoline brands? Also, how can I determine who supplies
gasoline to a particular retailer? For example, is Speedway gasoline really the same as Sunoco gasoline (since Sunoco purchased them), or do they still use their own gas? How about the gas at my local Sam's club, or Jewel-Osco -- who supplies that gas to them?
posted by Merdryn
on Sep 5, 2005 -
Why hasn't solar energy been able to replace fossil fuels in Europe where gas is taxed so heavily?
posted by MrMulan
on Aug 31, 2005 -
With the price of a gallon of gas now approaching/exceeding $ 2.50 , is the urban legend that it's cheaper to keep it running and that the car uses more gas in start-up than in running a few minutes at the drive through bank teller, railroad crossing, etc. , still accurate ( was it ever? ) I realize there are other mileage factors in the equation , but at some price point the theory must fail.
posted by Agamenticus
on Jul 10, 2005 -
How long can I expect unused gasoline in a car's gas tank to last before it breaks down into something that the engine can't burn?
posted by nmiell
on May 18, 2005 -
When I gas up my car, I don't squeeze the lever on the pump handle, but, instead, I slide the lever into the little notch so that my tank will fill itself up while I squeegee the windows. When the tank is full, the pump shudders, the lever dislodges itself, and the filling ceases. However, probably half of the time, the filling ceases much, much too early. The result is that I can't tell when my tank is full, nor can I squeegee while my car fuels itself. What gives? [more inside]
posted by waldo
on Apr 25, 2005 -