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What Type of Gas Should I Use?
Most gas stations stock three grades of fuel, which are listed by their octane level: 87 (regular/unleaded), 89 (plus) and 91 (premium). Check your car manual to see what gas the...
How to Start a Car After Filling With the Wrong Fuel
Everybody makes mistakes, and putting the wrong type of gas in your car is one of those accidents that can cost a lot of money and become a...
How to Get Free Gas
Free gas is easy to get if you pay attention at the gas station and look online for deals. Follow these tips on how to get free gas for your car.
How to Know What Type of Gas to Use
Your vehicle is propelled by a combustion engine. That means that fuel is injected into the engine’s cylinders in some fashion, where it combusts, or burns, to...
Fuel Economy Myths
Remember when you were a kid and your parents took you shopping for back-to-school clothes? Included on the list was probably a new pair of sneakers. The best way to tell...
How to Figure Out Which Type of Fuel Gets the Best Mileage
We all want our car to go longer on a single tank of gas. While all vehicles come with a mileage or mpg ranking, mileage can actually vary...
How to Drain Your Fuel Tank
The majority of cars on the road today use internal combustion engines that use gasoline or diesel as fuel, and they store this fuel in a gas tank. Most gas...
How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...
How to Find the Lowest Gas Prices in Your Area
Regardless of where you are going and where you live, you will need to refuel your vehicle regularly. With the exception of electric vehicles, every vehicle needs to stop at...
How to Remove Gas from the Fuel Tank
It is often necessary to drain the fuel from a car’s gas tank in some of the following situations: If you run out of gas while far...
How to Make Ethanol Fuel
Ethanol fuel is an alcohol-based type of biofuel that is used as a popular alternative to gasoline. It is made from distilled plant and biodegradable materials, such as corn and...
How to Replace a Fuel Hose
The fuel hose goes bad when there are visible leaks under the car or cracks in the hose and when gas vapors are smelled around the car.
How to Replace a Fuel Injector
Fuel injectors are faulty if the smell of fuel is present in the vehicle, you have engine performance issues, or the check engine light comes on.
What Does the Low Fuel Level Warning Light Mean?
The low fuel level light warns you when your car is nearing an empty tank of gas. It should be refilled before driving several more miles.
How to Pump Gas the Right Way
Locating your fuel filler, pre-paying for fuel, choosing the correct fuel grade, and not topping off are helpful tips to pump fuel like a pro.
How to Tell the Difference Between LSD and ULSD Fuel
Low sulfur diesel (LSD) was replaced with ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) in 2006 as part of an initiative to substantially lower the emissions of particulate matter in diesel engines....
How to Transport a Fuel Container
Everyone has seen a fuel can, and most people have had the opportunity to use one. Every fuel-powered vehicle needs to be re-fueled at some point, and...
How to Replace a Fuel Return Hose
Fuel is transferred by a return hose which fails when gas is leaking or the carburetor is flooded. You may smell gas if the hose is faulty.
How to Fuel a Race Car
Fueling a race car depends on the type, whether NASCAR or Indycar. The process requires a special fueling device, precision, and speed.
How to Replace a Fuel Filler Neck
The filler neck for the fuel tank fails if there is exterior damage on the neck or if an error code shows that vapors are present.

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Check Engine Light on 2005 Honda Odyssey Touring Van.
Hello, thanks for writing in. You do not need to use high grade of gasoline. The problems you are having may be due to the adding of the Techron which is causing any water in the fuel to disperse and...
Replaced a fuel module but the fuel gauge still reads empty when I know I have a full tank.
This may be related to the fuel sending unit in the fuel tank. Your fuel tank has a float type unit that sits inside of it which monitors the fuel level in the tank and transmits this information to the...
Crank but no start. No spark or fuel - all quit at the same time
Hello. If the vehicle began to experience these issues after going through a puddle then it may very well be possible that one of the components may have shorted or malfunctioned due to moisture. First off, keep in mind that...
Is it OK to drive with one cylinder at 70 psi?
Unfortunately, there is no definite way to tell how much longer your engine will last. Generally, a cylinder needs at least a minimum of 100 psi in order to run. In your case, this is not happening, which means the...
My gas gauge keeps fluctuating from empty to full and everything in between.
The symptoms you are having may be related to a mechanical issue, or an electrical issue. If the problem is electrical, you will want to check the wiring terminal that connects to the fuel pump. You may need to drop...
My fuel tank is reading empty when it is still half full
This is a simple mechanical failure. Located on the fuel pump is a float (quite like the one in your toilet) that sends a digital reading to the instrument cluster on your dashboard. This float can become clogged with debris...
What type of gas should I use for my 2009 Pontiac Vibe?
After doing my research on your vehicle, I see that most people use regular gas(87) in their Pontiac Vibes. You should be getting around 22-27mpg. The better the gas you use the cleaner the gas will burn. I did read...
The fuel fitting underneath the car near the driver's seat is leaking
This is most likely a fuel fitting connecting to or in line with your fuel filter. These types of leaks can be caused by many things, such as old or rusty fuel lines, or even due to a bad seal....
What does the "check fuel fill inlet" message mean I need to do when my vehicle has a capless Easy-Fuel system?
Hello and thank you for your question. When the check fuel fill inlet message appears on the dash, then there is an evaporative leak that is occurring on or near the fuel filler inlet. Check the fuel filler inlet for...
How much gas do I have when running on empty for my Acura?
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. Your car has a 17.2 gallon fuel tank which is broken down to 15.2 gallons of use and 2 gallons reserve. After 15.2 gallons are used, the fuel gauge should read E for...
Will not accelarate over 20mph and has a P0430 code
Hello and thank you for contacting Your Mechanic. The code P0430 means that the catalyst system efficiency is below threshold on bank 2. This is in relation to the catalytic converter not functioning correctly, but this code will not make...
Hi. Your Kia Sportage should be rated to use regular unleaded gas that is 10% ethanol 87 octane or higher. It will not hurt your car if you go back to using 10% ethanol gas while you are on you...
What type of oil to use and should I change the type of fuel?
Hello and thank you for your question. You can go from conventional oil to full synthetic oil on vehicles from 1996 and newer. That will not hurt the engine. Just make sure that you run the engine for about 500...
Gas gauge needle fluctuates up and down
This may possibly be a faulty fuel tank sending unit. This is a float type designed sending unit that sits inside your fuel tank that monitors the fuel level inside the tank. When this is faulty or failing it can...
Gas leakage
Any time there is any kind of fuel leak, this can cause a very dangerous situation as there are many ways this leaking fuel can be ignited by hot parts around your engine causing a fire. I would recommend not...
Tuck problem
Your fuel pump is located in the fuel tank. The fuel pump pick up tube generally extends from the pump motor to the bottom of the tank. If the pick up tube is cracked or broken at some point, when...
my focus ran out of fuel and won't start
A lot of times when the fuel tank is run completely empty trash will accumulate at the bottom of the tank in the fuel lines, which will make you car to be hard to start. Use a can of Seafoam...
Just replaced the fuel pump with a prime choice off of Amazon and put in brand new fuel lines. I can smell the gas but I don't hear the fuel.
Hi there. From the description you have provided, you may be dealing with a combination of problems concerning the fuel pump replacement in your vehicle. First being, it could be the replacement fuel pump, is incorrect by application. Second being,...
I'm having a problem with arcing from the plug wires.
The problem you are having is not due to the ignition system but is a result from an improper amount of fuel getting into the cylinders. If your engine is running lean, then it may cause the engine to not...
Fuel consumption is high
Hi and thanks for your question. In order to have a good fuel consumption, the fuel to air mixture must be around 14.7 to 1. This is the formula for the air to fuel ratio. Look at the carburetor for...

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