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Old 04-09-2003, 03:09 PM
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filling station pump calibration

I just managed to put 19.4g of fuel in my SDL.

I usually drive about 500miles and refil when the reserve light comes on, but this time it took at least a gallon more than normal.

Also, for the first time ever, I filled up at a really cheap filling station (30cents less that local average- for "premium" no less). Spilled fuel everywhere, collision damaged pumps, wet filling handle, all in all - a pretty crummy spot.

Have any readers ever suspected that a pump at a filling station wasn't really accurate? What would you do- if anything (besides not go back).

The pump apparently had an inspection tag from 2001 for what that is worth.

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Old 04-09-2003, 03:14 PM
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Contact your State " department of Weights and Measures" or however it is described ... and tell them your suspicions and the date of that last inspection tag.... or go back with an accurate container and put gas into it and see if it looks off....
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Old 04-09-2003, 04:19 PM
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Going back and filling a container with gas would probably not be much help. I would assume he is talking about an innacurate diesel fuel pump.
Interesting that the pump was so far out of date with the inspections. I ride the ferries with a fellow that services fuel station tanks and pumps. He says the diesel pumps are very often ignored, even though they can be the ones needing service and cleaning the most. Sort of a central focus on selling gas first.
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Old 04-09-2003, 04:35 PM
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Clearly I did not mean go back to a place with a diesel pump question and take a sample of gas. That is like the 'engine''motor' debates some get into here.....
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Old 04-09-2003, 06:50 PM
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Oh good. These things bring out the inner jerk in me!
Yes I knew that, but ...
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Old 04-10-2003, 10:11 AM
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Its so easy to be correct and call an engine an engine and Diesel fuel Diesel fuel, I can't figure why people insist on being wrong. It only takes a little thinking to be correct.

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Old 04-10-2003, 03:06 PM
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Any idea why they are "motorcars" and not "enginecars"? Or why you go "motoring" and not "engining"?

I, also, like to be accurate. I'm not sure I would call it correct. I have a degree in English and have been studying it my entire life. I am constantly amazed at the contradictions in our language. Somehow we all are able to communicate.

I have yet to meet anyone who is correct at all times, especially me. I also think it is difficult to be accurate, even most of the time.
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Old 04-11-2003, 10:50 AM
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Mike123,

YES, and Harley engine cycles too.

I believe motorcars came from the early electric cars when they were true motor cars and the name just stuck. With the new hybrids we may be back to actual motor cars again.

Technically, there is no such thing as a Diesel or gasoline motor.

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