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Here's the conversation I had with a guy filling up a nice, not a beater, tow truck. I pulled in to fill it up, and just as I started, I hear a guy say:
"That's a really nice car. Are you sure you want to fill it up here right now?"
"Yeah, why not?" Thinking oh geez!
"They're filling the tanks up over there, so I wouldn't do it"
"Well when they fill up the big underground tanks like that, it really stirs up all the crappy sediment at the bottom of the tanks. There's a lot of foam and the gunky, dirty stuff gets up into the foam. Then when you fill your car up, all that junk comes up through the pumps and goes into your gas tank. And that car is way too nice to let that happen to."
"Wow, never thought of that, thanks a lot"
I had put a whopping 1 1/4 gallons in, so I stopped and went to another station.
Just thought I would share some advice that seemed to make sense to me.
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I've heard this but one would hope they would put filters at the pumps to ensure this crap doesn't get in to your car...
As GeorgiaBII said, there are filters on each pump that are supposed to be changed quite often. When I worked at a gas station we changed them on a regular basis and never had any problems caused by debris/foreign material in the fuel.
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I've heard the same tale, from a certified mechanic (for what that's worth) but about water rather than "crud".
I'm not sure that filters would be able to clean out fluid impurities from the fuel. Anyway, what happens when the filter clogs up? Do the pumps just slow down more and more, or is there a bypass that gives you crappy fuel whenever the filter needs cleaning?
My nearest gas station has the slowest pumps I've ever seen, so perhaps they just don't clean their fitlers often enough. Another gas station has signs boasting the "fastest pumps in town - guaranteed" which makes me wonder whether they are really good at cleaning out their filters, or whether they don't have any at all.
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my dad had told me this when i first started driving. whether it's entirely necessary or not, i still follow the rule. i don't know that i'm ever so empty that i can't go back another day or at least find a neighboring station. it's not worth the risk (even if it's an imaginary one) to me for a rule so easily followed.
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i never fill up when theyre filling up weather or not the filters are clean and new or not is upto the gas station so why test it is my theory
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