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cricsync
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2013 1:02:36 PM

What is the best time of day to refill your tank? Have some article saying very early morning is the best time. Agree? Reasons?

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Tundralimited2009
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2014 11:37:19 AM

Early morning
Awing1
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2014 11:36:25 AM

Usually, I heard that cold time is better to fill gas, but Gas tank and lines are buried in underground and I don't think surface temp will affect it significantly.
The_Waysiders
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2014 10:52:02 AM

Anytime there isn't a line. Time is money.
Hemond
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2014 10:33:51 AM

I try to go at off hours. Late night is good. (Except prime drinking/bar nights that is) I don't like to wait in line.

I never go early in the morning or at rush hour after work. Too crowded for my liking.
Houckster
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2014 1:38:32 PM

MERTIEMAN writes: Anytime, because the temperature in the underground tanks stays about 55 degrees at all times.
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Not necessarily. If gas is stored underground for a long enough time, it will be 55 degrees. But during the summer high volume locations often refill their tanks several times a day. When gas is being sold at very high rates, the gas may not have time to drop to 55 degrees. Gas being delivered to these locations may be considerably warmer. In one study, it was found that when the gas was warm or hot, buying gas was about 7ยข more expensive because gas expands with temperature meaning that for a given volume of fuel, there will be less energy content because gas pump (so far as I know) are not temperature-compensated.

In the summer, buy in the morning.

In the winter, it may actually be better to buy fuel just after delivery to the station.
bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2014 8:43:15 AM

Whenever I'm at the gas station.
dassfg
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2014 8:14:07 AM

Early morning. Only matters if you have a large fuel tank.
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2014 5:45:21 AM

The best time is before it is empty.
DuramaxPower
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2014 4:08:55 PM

When there is no big line to wait; there is less idling
hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2014 7:58:24 AM

Morning.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2014 12:52:40 AM

Anytime, because the temperature in the underground tanks stays about 55 degrees at all times.
espo85
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 3:33:56 PM

It doesn't matter.
poetdog73
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 12:38:05 PM

after 6pm

[Edited by: poetdog73 at 1/24/2014 12:38:09 PM EST]
ace12012
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 12:18:35 PM

usually in the morning when there are fewer cars at the station.
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 7:21:27 AM

The best time is before it is empty.
and (in the summer) in the morning when it's coolest. During the rest of the year, it probably doesn't matter what time of day.
randy3116
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2014 5:43:05 AM

the best time is whenever it is most convenient for me
luvmyrv
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 8:26:56 PM

whenever...why would morning be a better time?
Kinglemuel
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 7:39:36 PM

BEFORE you run out of gas!!
flguy71
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 2:42:12 PM

when you feel like it.... lol
randy3116
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2014 6:00:26 AM

most convenient time is early a.m.
Camry05
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2014 11:44:40 PM

When there is no big line to wait; there is less idling
Fredelin
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2014 9:48:50 AM

noon
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2014 6:30:13 AM

Any time it needs it
DLL66
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2014 3:12:18 AM

There isn't really a difference that anyone can see.
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2014 4:49:34 PM

When it's empty
magpie2013
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 7:48:27 PM

It does't matter anytime you have time.
coffeerage
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 3:33:21 PM

When you need it.
The_Waysiders
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2014 3:18:56 PM

I can't see that it would make any difference.
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 11:28:14 PM

anytime
pilotdlh
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 10:12:11 PM

It wouldn't be a noticeable difference.
RS101
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 6:07:39 PM

Tuesdays
Fredelin
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 1:54:49 PM

Wednesday may be cheaper
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2014 9:33:49 AM

I don't have a best time. I refuel as needed.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 2:19:59 AM

When the price is lowered and the pumps are freely open from refuel'ers!
pghbill
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Message Posted: Jan 8, 2014 12:46:57 AM

when it's convenient is the best time
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 11:44:44 PM

when need to
espo85
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 4:26:37 PM

Makes no difference.
PAA64
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Message Posted: Jan 7, 2014 12:42:33 AM

No real impact in time of day unless concerned about evaporation (VOCs) into atmosphere.
dvc2
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2013 2:50:09 AM

When i need gas.
Guile69
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 7:44:00 PM

More like which day and its Sunday afternoon before 3pm generally.
lyanMI
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 4:35:36 PM

No idea
skye1212
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 2:14:31 PM

always when its coolest, usually the morning. You get less contraction, or loss, after it
cools off in your tank. Also, less pollution contribution to ozone.
davisadm
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 10:34:34 AM

Makes no difference, what so ever. During a hot day you may lose a whopping 1 drop, due to evaporation.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 10:20:04 AM

If one really thinks about it, anytime you pour gas into gas then warm gas filling into warm fuel is going to create more evap. fumes. The pump dispensers which are above ground warm up with the daily temps somewhat...

When a fuel tanker has brought a recent delivery on a hot sunny day and storage tanks that fuel, then your vehicle has been subjected to the heat of any day, fuel sloshed around as you drive plus heat radiated from blacktop surfaces under your vehicle plus heat from extra traffic conditions, rather any heat source building up daily.

Well you make the proper determination, Remember what that vent cap was fore on the older gasoline storage containers the newer ones are quite different, gas glugs out while nature's air glugs in, still a pressure relief hidden there.... Somewhere.... don'tuknow....Love those nozzles Ha!
pt1KY
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 9:39:46 AM

Really does not matter as ranks are under ground at a constant temp.
Houckster
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 1:28:15 PM

FRANKLEE1 writes: Good Lord, people still think there's a better time of day regarding temperature to fill up? The tanks are UNDERGROUND, do you understand? UNDERGROUND. Do UNDERGROUND tanks see temperature variations during the day? NO. They barely see temperature variations SEASONALLY. GAWD. Good, It would be nice if the stations were all clogged up in the mornings with idiots filling up; then I'll come along in the afternoon when there are no lines.
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Take some time to read some of the posts on this subject, mine for example. It does make a difference, not a huge difference but by one estimate I read about 7 cents a gallon.

The morning is the best time to fill up, particularly at high volume stations.

[Edited by: Houckster at 9/6/2013 1:28:46 PM EST]
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 6:00:49 AM

I fill when it needs it...
dvc2
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2013 5:12:36 AM

Whenever I need gas.
justinemt14
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2013 12:12:02 AM

Late night if I expect prices to rise. Most stations in NJ change their price at 6 or 7AM.
Chazzer
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 12:11:06 PM

Any time ... makes no never mind time of the day or temp!
FrankLee1
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Message Posted: Sep 4, 2013 9:09:53 AM

Good Lord, people still think there's a better time of day regarding temperature to fill up? The tanks are UNDERGROUND, do you understand? UNDERGROUND. Do UNDERGROUND tanks see temperature variations during the day? NO. They barely see temperature variations SEASONALLY. GAWD. Good, It would be nice if the stations were all clogged up in the mornings with idiots filling up; then I'll come along in the afternoon when there are no lines.
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