Apologies for the off-topic. I have a full tank in my Lumina and need
fuel for the generator but gas is hard to get after Ike.
Does anybody know an easy way to get that gas out of the car? Nothing
too complicated please I am not much of a mechanic.
Driving to a gas station works only if the gas station HAS gas AND has some
way of delivering it.
I put over 100 miles on my vehicle Saturday looking for a gas station. Power
was out to 2.1 million customers including virtually every gas station in
the fourth-largest city in the nation. I finally found some gas Sunday
evening. The owner of the station had corralled, somewhere, a humongous
generator to power his store. I had to wait in line for 45 minutes and cops
were on the scene to diminish rioting. While I had the opportunity, I bought
$140 worth of petrol.
CORRECTION TO AN EARLIER POST:
I do have natural gas but the range won't light because it has electric
ignition. Evidently the sucker has some sort of fail-safe mechanism that
decides, if you can't light the burner, it's not gonna let the gas go forth.
Kenmore never heard of matches.
I have natural gas too but I'm not sure how to direct it to a cooking device
aside from shoving a hose up . . . . . .
One reason I chose our range was the ability not only to light the burners
but the oven and broiler also. It has no electronics, just plain old good
cooking and convection oven.
That's always been one of my pet peeves for this part of the country.
It doesn't take THAT large a generator to run a couple lights and a pump
at a time. Radio stations, some stores (but the roads were all closed
after the 3rd day to all but emergency travel), colleges, and even a
local TV station stayed on the air during the '98 storm. Not a single
gas station or garage or Quickie mart was open. One owner told me it
was cheaper to claim it on his insurance than to stay open & sell the
gas. It happened again in 2001 but was only a 3 1/2 day outage (for us)
that time, and same thing; not a single gas station was open. People
I can see a terrific money maker for a gas station with a generator. Thing
is, generator costs money to purchase and maintain. Now, if this was a free
market, they could charge eight bucks a galon, and make up the cost of the
generator. If you don't like it, don't buy it. But with anti gouging laws,
they can't make back the expenses. So, instead of providing lots of cheap
gasoline, the anti gouging laws have the effect of providing NO gasoline
One more case of government making more problems than they solve.
if I was in a huricanes path and new I could need a gen I would of had
extra gas, its just logic kid. True smarts would have been getting a
Tri fuel carb so you would never have any fuel issue. It looks like
you missed the simplist basic stuff and have a worthless gen.
You must have time to kill. Come over here, we need volunteers to help.
You are don't seem to have much of a life anyway.
Oh and learn how to spell, or get a spell checker. They are cheap,
especially second hand.
I've lived in this town for over 50 years. Never in living memory has the
power been out for the ENTIRE city. Before, with localized outages, you
might have to drive a few miles for fuel so there was no need to store more
than, say, five gallons. With this massive outage, you're just SOL.
probably easier, if you have the tools, is to disconnect the fuel line
from the fuel rail, stick it in a can, and turn the ignition on.
However it will probably time out if it does not sense that the engine
is running so you'll also need to bypass the fuel pump relay. Most
modern cars are darn hard to siphon, deliberately so.
If you have an older car, a handy thing to have around is a little check
valve attached to a siphon hose. My friend has one that is just a
little marble in a brass sleeve, you just stick it in the tank and shake
it back and forth a couple times and it starts siphoning. Handy when
you have a yard full of old cars and not all are capable of/legal to
drive to the gas station, but you need to move them around anyway. Next
time I'm at a car show and see the guy that was selling them I'm going
to buy me one, my friend has already worn out one hose on his (when the
clear vinyl? hose gets old enough, it loses its flexibility and it
doesn't work well to siphon anymore)
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