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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Topping Off - not a good idea.

Topping Off - not a good idea.

Audi RS3 in front of storm by Mike Mkiv, used under CC BY 2.0 Many car owners top off the tank after the gas pump automatically shuts off. We all want that extra ¼ gallon to extend the range of the car, but topping off is not a good idea. Living and working in Berkeley, we try to take good care of the environment. Topping off is definitely not an environmentally friendly practice. Here are the reasons why we recommend against topping off: There is a possibility tha ... read more

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Keep your tank at least ¼ full – be good to your fuel pump

Keep your tank at least ¼ full – be good to your fuel pump

Volvo V60 R-Design by Pål-Kristian Hamre, used under CC BY-SA 2.0 Nobody likes to run out of fuel, so we usually get to the gas station before the tank runs dry. But what the manufacturers don’t bother to tell us, is that running on empty is not good for the fuel pump. Whether you drive a Volvo, Audi, Lexus or a popular Volkswagen, they all have fuel pumps. And a fuel pump, like most mechanical devices, needs to be cooled. Cooling of a fuel pump is accomplished by f ... read more

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