Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Round Rock, TX, USA
Single hose dispenser..
According to the Texas "Weights and Measures" department, they do not "sample" the fuel coming out of the "single hose" dispensers until they run 15 gallons through the hose. That's 45 gallons when they sample the dispensers which provide 3 choices of low/mid/high.
In their final statement I was told, "That's the best we can do. Since these dispensers are used on automobiles, it's likely you will have some of the fuel you purchase when filling less than 15 gallons. I recommend you purchase the low fuel so that you are not wasting your money. Then add an octane booster if you think it is necessary."
WHAT? Yup. True story. So, if the fuel you are buying is from a single hose dispenser, use some octane boost...
There's no "guarantee" the fuel you are getting is good either. There have been "reductions" in the fuel manufacturing process due to the hurricanes.
Several months before the hurricane, Shell had "dumped" bad fuel in stations in the New Orleans area causing serious mechanical failures, clogging of injectors, failure of fuel pumps, etc.. Shell was caught because a State Representative bought some of the fuel. (I suppose they did not contribute to his campaign.... just kidding)
Depending upon where youlive, you might be able to contact your "Weights and measurement" folks and provide the "sample" to them... uh, a FUEL sample =)
Good luck.. we are on our own...
BTW, I use either Chevron Techron, Amsoil additive, or Rocket Fuel. In a pinch I use "Marvel Mystery Oil"... yup.. it keeps the pinging wayyyy down for my 05.
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