Sue , one reason some men spit is because we are normally exposed to a
little dirtier environment during the course of a day of work than most
women are. Ever crawled under your house? I also think men may have more
sinus congestion and post-nasal drip than women, while sleeping. A lot of
guys I know comment on having to "clear out their pipes" when they get up in
the morning, a natural effect of standing up and gravity doing it's work.
Straight to the back of the throat it all goes.
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Disconnect the fuel line at the carb and run it to a container. Then get
a one gallon can with some good gas, set it up on the roof of the van ,
put a hose in it and start a siphon and quickly hook it to the carb.
Start it and let it pump the tank dry. I had to do that when I put gas
in my Diesel, except of course it was the injection pump instead of
Ok, the other day I needed to empty the snow blower of its gas. I
always spill it or get it all over my hands, so here's what I did. I
took a 1/4" ID plastic hose and put one end into the gas tank. The
other end went into the gas can where I wanted the gas to go. I then
used my air hose (from the compressor) to push air into the gas tank ...
my hand helped to seal the opening around the 2 hoses going into the gas
tank opening. Voila ... the gas was pushed through the 1/4" tube into
the can. Actually, once it starts, siphon takes over and the air hose
probably isn't needed. And, you need to get the hose into the lowest
part of the tank.
Actually, I was kinda amazed that so many people here have experience
in siphoning gas. Is it a "guy thing"? Is that why so many guys
spit? (Another thing I can't figure out.)
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
Your points are valid but any water in the gas
degrades performance, i.e., energy value per
gallon. If water is the hard starting problem,
then draining the carb and replacing the filter is
probably the first course of action. If the car
starts, it will probably draw all the water into
the engine in a short period so continued hard
starting is unlikely to be caused by water in the
When we were kids, we'd always be playing with gas power tools, mowers,
outboard motors, whatever. Gas often came from the family car.
As for spitting, that is just a dirty habit some people get into for some
reason. Glad I never did as it looks disgusting. Maybe it was necessary
for a rancher, farmer or someone working out in the dust.
This is Turtle.
I see you have not burned well head drip gas stolen from the well heads and
burned in your truck or car. Well head and drip gas like this has no water in it
and burns pretty hot and will burn your valve out of your engine in a year or
so. So the hands had to put a jug of water dripping water into the carberator
while running to keep the cyclinder from burning too hot. Without the water the
gas will burn your engine up in just a short while.
And no they refinnerys don't just pour the water in the gas and hope it will
mix. they call this refinning the fuel. Now when the water drops out of the
fuel. It is called bad gas and will give you trouble tring to burn it without
the water in it. You need to check with a person that deals with the propertys
that gas has in it and find out about the water in it.
Nope, didn't know that. Not sure I believe it
since the water and gas are not miscible and
would just pool in a container. BTW, 6 percent
of 20 gallons would be a pint of water. That much
in the bottom of your tank would probably cause
the car to not start and would likely ruin the gas
Suggest that you put a gallon of fresh gas in a
gallon jug. Tip it about 30 degrees so all the
water will pool in a small area in the bottom and
then check after sitting for a day. No water?
Put a teaspoon of water in and see if you can see
that pool? If you can, then don't believe the 6
percent water in gas.
You're right, I have never used or stolen any
gas in my life, well head or other. I'm no
gasoline expert, but well head gas is low octane
and that is why it burns up engines. Adding water
reduces the octane requirement and that principle
was used in the water injection airplane engines,
but just dripping water in to the carb isn't very
effective, but would reduce cylinder temperatures.
My reading does not indicate refineries add any
water to gasoline. The only way that they could
keep it mixed in is if they also added an alcohol
or other oxygenate; lots of gasoline blends do not
include any oxygenate, so any added water would
Refining has nothing to do with water, it consists
of distilling petroleum into different fractions,
naphtha, diesel, tar, etc. and cracking which is
splitting long chains into shorter more useful
chains such as those in naphtha (gas).
I think your 6 percent water is just an old wives
tale. I haven't searched the ASTM and SAE
specifications for gasoline but doubt that there
are any that deal that indicate 6 percent water is
acceptable or that require added water.
This is Turtle.
The reason I say this is I worked for Exxon Co. U.S.A. in the off shore
production operations and the engineers would use this to make money off anybody
who was mouthing off about the production operation. They would bait them up and
bet them about the 6% water and loose when you really went and checked up how
much water is suppended in gas. It is not in the form of water but all the basic
item are there if you check up and see. Water is H2O and there is 6 % H & O in
the gas and in the right perportions. The % may very as to the Octane rating but
still around 6 % .
And you guys bought this? "There is 6 percent
water, but it is not in the form of water but all
the basic item are there." If it is not in the
form of water, it isn't water, that's basic
chemistry. Gasoline can have up to 500 different
compounds in it; most of those compounds are
composed of just H and C but some, but a very low
proportion of those compounds, depending on the
petroleum source, also have O, N, S or metals in
their make up. I have no idea what the
engineers were telling you guys but if your
understanding is what they were saying, they must
have been laughing their asses off.
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