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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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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 7:07:46 AM

yes
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Ratso
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 6:15:57 AM

Yes every time I stop for fuel, I fill it up ....
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 5:42:07 AM

i fill up at each stop when my fuel level reaches the 1/2 mark
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2014 5:36:03 AM

Mostly
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 8:26:04 PM

Since fuel prices have dropped, I have topped one vehicle and the others are retaining 3/4 tank recently. The $2.94 a gal was a motive last time I refueled.
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Mikeyy1960
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 8:07:05 PM

i refuel when low fuel light come on
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cv
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 5:35:05 AM

I fill up after reaching 1/2 tank or less.
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RRBC
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2014 7:18:19 PM

not ususally
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twt
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 8:16:19 AM

I fill, at a quarter tank.
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Madridjoe
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 7:49:10 AM

I fill up when it gets to half
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 6:31:03 AM

No, I run it down to at least half before refilling
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 5:33:53 AM

i fill the tank at each fuel stop
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Message Posted: Oct 16, 2014 12:41:13 AM

no
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 3:54:43 PM

only when I fill it, after that, it's dropping until I fill it again.
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twt
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 6:28:02 AM

I fill, when it gets to a quarter tank.
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linku2gasbuddy
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 10:41:17 PM

No.
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 4:45:22 PM

try two
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retcap201
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 10:02:43 AM

don't let it go below half
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 9:55:44 AM

once every two weeks
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 9:01:52 AM

no
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cwwilliams1978
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 8:21:14 AM

sometimes if I have the money I do.
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 8:01:25 AM

no
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cv
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 5:30:05 AM

Each time I buy gas, I do fill the tank.
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2014 7:34:47 AM

not always............
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Ratso
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2014 6:58:59 AM

Every fill of fuel is always a fill up !
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2014 1:23:52 PM

Normally my vehicle fuel tanks all drop as I drive, so No!
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2014 6:26:01 AM

No, fill up when convenient to get lower priced gas
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Oct 6, 2014 5:46:23 AM

Try to
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2014 10:33:20 AM

1/2 full
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2014 9:46:01 AM

No, I fill up once every two weeks.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 8:48:30 PM

In the rare state of NJ where we do NOT pump our own gas, I usually fill up almost all the way, today a small $10, to get the last of credit card bonuses, though was an idiot, saving $ using credit, though had other destinations.
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cv
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 5:51:31 AM

After dropping to 1/2 tank, I fill up.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 5:29:08 AM

I only attempt to top my tank, most likely 6-8 times a year, usually when We are away from home and the price of fuel is much lower wherever, ETC. I then have about 3/4 + of a tank left, or more when back home, roughly 62% more left over than when I left home. I never run low enough to where the fuel light comes on, anytime.
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 5:24:19 AM

i completely fill my tank at each fuel stop
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2014 12:41:44 AM

no
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dchawk81
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 8:31:53 PM

I don't "keep" it any particular level but when I do stop for fuel, I don't generally pull the nozzle out until the tank is full. I also always reset my tripometer with each fillup so I can easily track my fuel consumption. I don't use the tripometer for individual trips.

[Edited by: dchawk81 at 9/29/2014 8:32:09 PM EST]
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rcsteve23
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 4:04:02 PM

Only after a fill up
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mennekinpis
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2014 12:49:14 AM

Yes, rarely let if go below half, especially in the winter
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Jetta_Pilot
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 8:35:46 PM

Impossible to constantly keep it full unless you stop at every gas station !!!
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 2:41:24 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2014 12:44:33 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 8:23:42 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2014 8:10:01 AM

When it gets to 1/4 full or just below, I fill up.
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2014 9:10:32 AM

sometimes.
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randy3116
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2014 8:10:21 AM

fill up at 1/2 mark
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twt
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2014 7:30:20 AM

I fill my tank, when it gets to 1/4.
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2014 5:59:42 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2014 2:26:41 AM

No
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2014 11:23:47 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2014 2:40:34 PM

I always fill up when the low tank light comes on.
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