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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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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2014 11:41:39 PM

yeah
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Nov 28, 2014 7:57:30 PM

Mostly
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krazkar
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 11:27:06 PM

It is always good to keep the tank above half in my mind. Not just in winter, but at all times. If there ever is an emergency, you won't need to think about fuel.
I see on the news when all the big storms were happening. You see how the fuel stations are packed with people trying to get gas. If you always have a fuel tank over half, you can just hop in and go.
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RealtorJeff
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 5:39:27 PM

run to about half a tank
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JohnCur
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 2:37:01 PM

a must in winter....never below 3/8
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aaamanMI
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 2:35:16 PM

no
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 2:04:03 PM

yes, every time I fill it
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 11:44:39 AM

yes
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hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 7:27:58 AM

No. . . .
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Mikeyy1960
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 6:58:36 AM

no
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kferd89
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2014 12:38:16 AM

I always keep it filled and refill a line or two before E
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Jay4Runner
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 10:30:51 PM

Just today I topped off when I was at 1/2 tank.
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calypso93
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 6:14:04 AM

Fill up at 3/8-1/4.
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twt
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 2:36:17 AM

No. I fill, when it reaches a quarter tank.
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 12:19:00 AM

no
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 11:13:59 PM

no
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RealtorJeff
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 8:31:45 PM

Usually fill up at around a 1/4 tank. Do not think there is any advantage to keeping the tank towards empty.
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zippok
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 7:08:57 PM

never let the refineries store their own gas, if everyone did the same they would run out of storage and have to lower the price more to move it.
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 8:57:14 AM

I go the the station to fill up, then i'll drive till 1/4 tank then fill again.
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Tucsonhomes
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 12:45:48 PM

Full at fill up
Until empty
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 10:18:44 AM

Like to
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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 8:59:04 AM

yes
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 8:39:58 AM

Our daily driver is a 2 LTR. powered, so I normally keep only 1/3....1/2 tank of fuel aboard, which is used then for mostly city/suburb/shopping routes type driving.

The smaller weight factor aboard is noticed, during stop/go conditions, much less driving highway. No worries because there are fuel stations everywhere along our travel areas city. I never drop capacity enough for the fuel light to come on, but top the tank when prices are the lowest.

I notice that my Aux...DRL's on for highway do use more fuel when driving highway speeds. This with a 2 LTR. engine is because of the extra alternator energy load pulled by the smaller engine when those extra lights are on. The extra fuel tank weight load isn't noticed driving steady highway, with a fuller tank as a mileage loss.

During cold weather I do keep more fuel in the tank, not because of moisture, but for weight balance and less tank filling due to extra restarts cause colder weather Restart Enrichment Losses for engine run time.

Larger engines show less variation in mileage concerning tank fuel weight/accessary use, the idle torque is greater and low engine rpm at highway zone speeds are not significant for those V/6...V/8 engines which have the extra torque where running the alternator toward higher capacity.

Same for fuel tank capacity weight, simply the larger engines never get strained in any way by the minor load changes that a small engine notices as extra loading. aIsi.......
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EVBuddy
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 12:21:25 PM

No, never full for long
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 11:33:29 AM

yes
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 6:20:24 AM

yup, every time I fill it
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 2:23:07 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 1:12:51 AM

no
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 9:26:41 PM

Now its getting cold I won't let it below 1/2 tank...
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krazkar
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2014 12:23:57 AM

Try to keep over half
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2014 12:51:59 PM

I don't let it get below 1/4 tank. Then I fill it up again
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2014 8:21:08 AM

With our vehicles turned off I can say they all have fuller tanks now since the pump prices have dropped to more reasonable prices locally. That's levels of 3/4+ tank from past 1/3 full capacity average. Even the truck/tractor/misc.
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2014 9:44:17 AM

pretty hard to do if you drive
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2014 6:59:31 AM

Zackly how can you always keep a tank full when it starts going down the moment you drive away from the pumps. Get real!
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2014 12:12:38 AM

yes when gas hits its low spots
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 11:20:44 PM

Yes
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 2, 2014 10:18:42 AM

In the summer I fill it up then drive till its down to 1/4 then fill it up again. Winter time is different I don't like letting condensation build up in the cold tank so I may fill it up every couple of days. I might even put a little bit higher octane fuel in it....
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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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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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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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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2014 5:35:05 AM

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

not ususally
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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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