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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #15 on: November 14, 2017, 06:39:38 PM »
I needed gas (because my better half ran it down to next to nothing, thanks for that)

Trust me, it's a guy thing. They seem to really love to let it run as close as possible to Empty before refilling. Like it's a challenge to their manhood to have to stop at the pump a moment too soon. Mine thinks if you go before it's Empty, it's a "wasted trip". This is how we're different. It's the story of my life.

Half a tank left = I'm feeling a little anxious.

The needle is on the picture of the gas can = I'm getting nervous.

3 ticks above Empty = I'm afraid to drive anywhere in case I run out.

If I tell Mr. SoCal: "Is the warning light on?" Me: "No." Him: "Then you've got PLENTY of time!" He then tells me *EXACTLY* how many miles the car is capable of going and reminds me how many it could go even if the fuel light was on. No matter where the needle is, he's got it all calculated down to gnat's ass.

Guys don't consider stuff like... what if something urgent came up and you had to make an unexpected trip? My friend's ex-husband did the same exact thing as mine does. Except one day her dad had a heart attack. When she got that dreaded phone call, they had to stop for gas en route to the hospital while her dad was on Life Support waiting for her to say her goodbyes!!! I always state this example when telling Mr. SoCal the importance of keeping it topped off. He thinks it's no biggie. Men. What are you gonna do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

My car gets horrible gas mileage. A quarter tank is my version of the low gas warning light. I'm checking into a gas station almost twice a week.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #16 on: November 14, 2017, 06:55:17 PM »
On another note, don't wait till the end of the month. They have an allocation per month and if they hit it, they close the station till the calendar hits the first of the month.
Seriously?  Is that all Costco's, or just some?  I've been going to ours for years, but haven't seen them closed ever.   What do they do with the workers?  Paid time off?  Help stock the racks?

I'm personally hoping for another run up in gas prices so I can upgrade my truck to a brodozer coal roller on the cheap, ha ha.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2017, 07:38:02 PM »
I will gladly pay an extra $1.40 in order to avoid this mess.

+1 and get yourself a 5% off gas purchases PenFed credit card.
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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2017, 08:45:59 PM »
I needed gas (because my better half ran it down to next to nothing, thanks for that)

Trust me, it's a guy thing. They seem to really love to let it run as close as possible to Empty before refilling. Like it's a challenge to their manhood to have to stop at the pump a moment too soon. Mine thinks if you go before it's Empty, it's a "wasted trip". This is how we're different. It's the story of my life.

Half a tank left = I'm feeling a little anxious.

The needle is on the picture of the gas can = I'm getting nervous.

3 ticks above Empty = I'm afraid to drive anywhere in case I run out.

If I tell Mr. SoCal: "Is the warning light on?" Me: "No." Him: "Then you've got PLENTY of time!" He then tells me *EXACTLY* how many miles the car is capable of going and reminds me how many it could go even if the fuel light was on. No matter where the needle is, he's got it all calculated down to gnat's ass.

Guys don't consider stuff like... what if something urgent came up and you had to make an unexpected trip? My friend's ex-husband did the same exact thing as mine does. Except one day her dad had a heart attack. When she got that dreaded phone call, they had to stop for gas en route to the hospital while her dad was on Life Support waiting for her to say her goodbyes!!! I always state this example when telling Mr. SoCal the importance of keeping it topped off. He thinks it's no biggie. Men. What are you gonna do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Your post made me smile. :) As a guy, dutifully, I calculated that my car goes 400 miles on full tank. There is no reason to fill at 200 miles left in the car. Emergency trips like you mentioned could not be 200 miles long one way, unless you are driving to Phoenix, in which case you will need to fill up anyway. I tell my wife, every 200 mile fill up takes twice as much time as every 400 mile fill up out of my schedule and I much rather do dishes for you than spend time at gas station.

Of course I never win the argument.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2017, 08:49:35 PM »
I am too afraid of an earthquake or civil unrest or the Russians attacking the electrical grid to let my tank get lower than 1/4 full. Even then I still get nervous.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2017, 09:12:08 PM »
I needed gas (because my better half ran it down to next to nothing, thanks for that)

Trust me, it's a guy thing. They seem to really love to let it run as close as possible to Empty before refilling. Like it's a challenge to their manhood to have to stop at the pump a moment too soon. Mine thinks if you go before it's Empty, it's a "wasted trip". This is how we're different. It's the story of my life.

Half a tank left = I'm feeling a little anxious.

The needle is on the picture of the gas can = I'm getting nervous.

3 ticks above Empty = I'm afraid to drive anywhere in case I run out.

If I tell Mr. SoCal: "Is the warning light on?" Me: "No." Him: "Then you've got PLENTY of time!" He then tells me *EXACTLY* how many miles the car is capable of going and reminds me how many it could go even if the fuel light was on. No matter where the needle is, he's got it all calculated down to gnat's ass.

Guys don't consider stuff like... what if something urgent came up and you had to make an unexpected trip? My friend's ex-husband did the same exact thing as mine does. Except one day her dad had a heart attack. When she got that dreaded phone call, they had to stop for gas en route to the hospital while her dad was on Life Support waiting for her to say her goodbyes!!! I always state this example when telling Mr. SoCal the importance of keeping it topped off. He thinks it's no biggie. Men. What are you gonna do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Your post made me smile. :) As a guy, dutifully, I calculated that my car goes 400 miles on full tank. There is no reason to fill at 200 miles left in the car. Emergency trips like you mentioned could not be 200 miles long one way, unless you are driving to Phoenix, in which case you will need to fill up anyway. I tell my wife, every 200 mile fill up takes twice as much time as every 400 mile fill up out of my schedule and I much rather do dishes for you than spend time at gas station.

Of course I never win the argument.

Half full is ok but when I get in the car and it says I have 10 miles before I run out of gas, I'm not happy at all. It's not good for the car but it just makes me nervous having such a small amt left in case of an emergency. He's the one who should be nervous. He has enough trips to the emergency room to know we might need that gas.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #21 on: December 01, 2017, 10:57:20 AM »
I will gladly pay an extra $1.40 in order to avoid this mess.

+1 and get yourself a 5% off gas purchases PenFed credit card.

I typically fill up at Arco which doesn't accept credit cards, but in those instances when I'm somewhere that does accept one, I've used the Amex Everyday Preferred.  I value Membership Rewards points at 2.35 cents and gas is a category that pays 3 points, so the average return is about 7%.  (Average return meaning it depends on which airline I transfer the points to.)
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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #22 on: December 01, 2017, 11:37:10 AM »
It's not good for the car
Mostly an old wive's tale.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #24 on: December 01, 2017, 09:06:40 PM »
Uh, yes it is
It's not good for the car
Mostly an old wive's tale.

Actually...it's not:

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2011/05/running-on-empty-low-gas-in-the-tank-can-be-costly/index.htm
 
And that's why I said "mostly" an old wive's tale.  That article has it right...sucking in air IS bad for the motor.  But running down to 1/4 tank or even 1/8 tank isn't going to cause much of a problem with air in the pump.  You need to be REALLY low to be sucking in enough air for the pump to see a temp rise, and at that point, the car will be running rough from being too lean with all that air sputtering through the injectors.

The old wive's tale part that I was referring to, which I hear and read about frequently, is that we need to keep the tank full enough so that the pump stays submerged in the gas, or it'll run hot and suffer premature failure.   As the article correctly states, the fuel running through the pump is more than adequate to keep it cool.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #25 on: December 04, 2017, 11:34:04 AM »
I am too afraid of an earthquake or civil unrest or the Russians attacking the electrical grid to let my tank get lower than 1/4 full. Even then I still get nervous.


I try to refill mine by 1/2 full/empty + Lucas Oil upper Cylinder Lubricant/cleaner.  My cars have 200K-300K miles on the odo and still running on original engine.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #26 on: December 04, 2017, 02:25:10 PM »
I typically fill up at Arco which doesn't accept credit cards

You need to live in Irvine. I believe both the Arco near Cypress Village (off of Jeffrey and Roosevelt) and the Arco in Quail Hill both accept credit cards.
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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #27 on: December 04, 2017, 02:55:58 PM »
I typically fill up at Arco which doesn't accept credit cards

You need to live in Irvine. I believe both the Arco near Cypress Village (off of Jeffrey and Roosevelt) and the Arco in Quail Hill both accept credit cards.

The ARCO's in Irvine are more expensive though:  $3.23-$3.25 vs. $2.93 at the ARCO I frequent.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #28 on: December 04, 2017, 03:55:00 PM »
It seems to me that the 10% ethanol that are in the cheaper gas (Arco) gives 10% worse gas mileage.  There are a lot of articles on the internet about it, but everyone agrees ethanol gives worse mpg.

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Re: Costco Gas Line Drama: Bad Mom and Lazy Hero
« Reply #29 on: December 04, 2017, 04:02:33 PM »
It seems to me that the 10% ethanol that are in the cheaper gas (Arco) gives 10% worse gas mileage.  There are a lot of articles on the internet about it, but everyone agrees ethanol gives worse mpg.

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