Gas Pumping Tips

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by randallewis, Sep 13, 2007.

  1. randallewis

    randallewis New Member

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    I thought this was interesting.

    Subject: Gas Pumping Tips from someone in the Petroleum pipeline business...

    I've been in petroleum pipeline business for about 31 years, currently
    working for the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline here in San Jose, CA. We
    deliver
    about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period from the pipe line; one day
    it's diesel, the next day it's jet fuel and gasoline. We have 34
    storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons. Here
    are some tricks to help you get your money's worth.


    1. Fill up your car or truck in the morning when the
    temperature
    is still cool. Remember that all service stations have their storage
    tanks buried below ground; and the colder the ground, the denser the
    gasoline. When it gets warmer gasoline expands, so if you're filling
    up
    in the afternoon or in the evening, what should be a gallon is not
    exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and
    temperature of the fuel (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, ethanol and other
    petroleum products) are significant. Every truckload that we load is
    temperature-compensated so that the indicated gallonage is actually the
    amount pumped. A one-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for
    businesses, but service stations don't have temperature compensation at
    their pumps .


    2. If a tanker truck is filling the station's tank at the time
    you want to buy gas, do not fill up; most likely dirt and sludge in
    the
    tank is being stirred up when gas is being delivered, and you might be
    transferring that dirt from the bottom of their tank into your car's
    tank
    .


    3. Fill up when your gas tank is half-full (or half-empty),
    because the more gas you have in your tank the less air there is and
    gasoline evaporates rapidly, especially when it's warm. (Gasoline
    storage tanks have an internal floating 'roof' membrane to act as a
    barrier between the gas and the atmosphere, thereby minimizing
    evaporation .)


    4. If you look at the trigger you'll see that it has three
    delivery settings: slow, medium and high. When you're filling up do
    not
    squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to the high setting. You should be
    pumping at the slow setting, thereby minimizing vapors created while
    you
    are pumping. Hoses at the pump are corrugated; the corrugations act
    as
    a return path for vapor recovery from gas that already has been
    metered. If you are pumping at the high setting, the agitated
    gasoline
    contains more vapor, which is being sucked back into the underground
    tank so you're getting less gas for your money .


    Hope this will help ease your 'pain at the pump'.
     
  2. r ward

    r ward New Member

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    If I can remember I will try to use the tricks thanks
     

  3. Skunk River Cat

    Skunk River Cat New Member

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    Good information. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. bwhupp

    bwhupp New Member

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    Great tips! Thanks
     
  5. Dano

    Dano New Member

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    Good tips. Thanks.
    like r ward said, If I can remember I will try to use the tricks .
    Every little bit helps.:cool2:

    Here's another tip for trading that old car in for a new one.
    Fill up with gas before trading. It will double your value. LOL. :tounge_out:
     
  6. Creteus

    Creteus New Member

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    What about us diesel folks. Diesel don't vaporize quit like gas. Any tricks for us, cept filling up with off road:wink::roll_eyes:
     
  7. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Thanks for those,I already do some of them like filling in the early morning and filling slowly. I have both gas and deisel ,so the filling in the morning helps with what you posted as well as reducing the amount of condensation in the deisel tank
     
  8. Gordhawk

    Gordhawk New Member

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    Thanks for those great tips. With gasoline the price it is today we need to take advantage of every little thing we can to maximize our dollars. If I can just remember these tips now! It might not be a bad idea to type or print these tips up on a piece of paper,laminate it and tape it inside of the gas filler door. Just an idea that popped into my head while I was reading this post.
     
  9. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for all the great tips. Much appreciated. I will give them a try. A :big_smile:penny saved is a penny earned.
     
  10. kkyyoottee

    kkyyoottee New Member

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    Before you start lift lever let gas that is in hose from previous fill up run in your tank!! You see the size and length of hose? Do same when done!! You get the gas in hose free! It will add up!! It is over a quart!!
     
  11. Mi11er

    Mi11er New Member

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    Thanks for the tips
     
  12. River Hobo

    River Hobo New Member

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    Thanks for the tips Randal