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JunGleJimBo

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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2009 2:20:45 PM

After reading several replies on "what time of day do you fill up", it got me to thinking, ...

Should you fill up the tank if you only drive in the city? It seems that if you are only driving a short distance anyway, you can save 50 or more pounds ov extra weight. (Fuel weighs app. 6.25 lbs per gallon. Don't put in 8 gallons, you save 50 lbs.) The problem I see is possibly water getting in the fuel through condensation, or extra dirt or other solids blocking the filter. Any thoughts?

I remember back in high school, a friend had a suoped up American Rambler. All us kids would pitch in our lunch money to put in enough gas to get to and from school. It was a blast to ride around in, but we never had enough money to put in more than 1/4 tank or so. Then in 1-2 days, another trip down to the cheapest station in town! Those were fun times!

JimBo
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 7:16:51 AM

most of the time............
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 6:03:16 AM

yes, every time I fill it, it's full.
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 5:29:54 AM

i fill up each time i buy gasoline
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cv
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2014 5:21:13 AM

Yes I do.
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deant99
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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2014 9:01:17 PM

yes
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 7:11:42 AM

Sometimes...........
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dieselpower2014
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 10:44:18 PM

No of course not..If it stayed full you could never drive it.
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Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 10:38:06 AM

Yes
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 5:50:37 AM

Mostly
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 6:57:06 AM

Sometimes............
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 6:37:57 AM

More so in the winter than the summer.
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2014 6:35:43 AM

yup, every time I fill it
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 10:28:50 AM

No during Summer, possibly once each 60 days or so.
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 10:23:26 AM

once a month
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 10:05:54 AM

once every two weeks
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 6:47:44 AM

No always.....
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weddy11
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2014 10:17:10 AM

once every two weeks.
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marielev
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2014 2:04:03 PM

WHEN ZMY TANK GETS TO HALF FULL i FILL IT UP.EVEN WHEN WE GO ON A TRIP i FILL UP AT hALF A TANK.
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 11:34:35 AM

Normally, I try to keep my tank full but with summer coming on, I'm letting the tank get low so that I can refuel with summer blend fuel. I'm not driving much these days so I may make to June without buying any more winter fuel.
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counterattack
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 3:39:11 AM

I try to go to the station every week and fill it the the brim with several clicks after the thing dropped (when prices go up) this is to save money in the long run b.c prices will continue to increase. However when prices drop I wait until my tank is relatively low fill it up to a good amount then drive. b.c now prices will decrease.
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askralph
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2014 1:51:01 AM

It all depends on my driving needs plus weather. If it is going to be cold, keep it over half a tank.
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lin95688
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 10:54:54 PM

No, I buy $20 worth of gas everything time I go to gas station.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 12:09:24 PM

I only fill anymore on rare occasions when prices drop. Some times all vehicles and utility containers for gardening, mowing, whatever.... even diesel, tapers off sometimes by a few cents.

My budget keeps me from spending money elsewhere when fuel prices rise, that holds the economy from recovering to a great extent for what $$ it takes into a fuel tank then robs the spending on the natural market for the Working Stiff-Eee! Staying more at home WFMe.....
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HideMKE
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 11:50:08 AM

i'm trying...
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fonz08wrx
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 11:41:56 AM

i fill up when I'm on empty cause i really don't know the difference if any of the gas that different gas stations use so i just wait till the tank is empty and then fill up
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jdda
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 8:48:32 AM

I try to keep my tank above half especially during the winter
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: Mar 30, 2014 3:06:37 AM

no, normallly 1/2
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2014 9:34:32 AM

Sometimes I just put in 5 or 6 gallons but if I drive daily I tend to fill it up. Trips to the pumps cost some mileage too but not much as I fillup as part of a several destination trip always. This saves some gas but not much.
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herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 10:49:48 PM

No. No need to
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caseym91
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 10:26:50 PM

I try to fill up my 03 Honda Pilot 19 gallon tank when I reach 1/4 of a tank. I do not want to run out of gas if there is a snow storm or large traffic jam.
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SmoknFord
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:02:53 PM

In the winter months for weight purposes.
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alpacasTX
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 8:04:58 PM

no
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Hobby001
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 1:00:30 PM

Above half, especially in winter.
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Houckster
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 12:12:47 PM

DASSFG writes: I drive at least 3/4 of the tank out before filling. Some gas will get old in the bottom of the tank if you fill up sooner.
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On most cars, the fuel pump is on the bottom of the tank and it draws fuel from there. The oldest fuel in the tank will get used first but as the car is driven, the vibrations of driving will mix the old and newer fuel together.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:58:51 AM

once every two weeks.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:13:03 AM

Mostly, yes.
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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2014 8:13:37 AM

no
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2014 5:47:08 AM

i completely fill up at each fuel stop. my commute is primarily highway-driving.
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2014 1:45:04 AM

no
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Message Posted: Mar 24, 2014 12:17:44 AM

No
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2014 8:20:59 AM

no............
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 10:08:49 PM

I run from full to empty every tank.
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 7:14:11 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 2:41:26 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 12:47:47 PM

No, but there are exceptions.
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 9:56:48 AM

no
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Message Posted: Mar 22, 2014 7:15:48 AM

no.............
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 9:58:35 AM

Once every two weeks.
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Awing1
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 9:02:34 AM

No, it's full only when I fill it up. Topping up to keep it in full is not good because gas will not be fresh all the time.
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2014 8:20:51 AM

No - keeping it full will create an area of stale fuel that will gum up your fuel system when you do try to drive past 1/2 full
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