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Yung Kim of Placentia cleans his windshield as he fills up Friday morning at an Arco station in Anaheim. Gasoline in California meets a high environmental bar. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
A motorist pulls into this Arco station Friday morning at 3101 E La Palma Ave at Kraemer Blvd in Anaheim is selling Regular grade for $3.93. Gas prices have stabilized at most stations. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Gas prices have stabilized at most stations on Friday. This Arco station at 3101 E. La Palma Ave in Anaheim is selling regular grade for $3.93. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Morning commuters buy gas Friday morning at an Arco station at 3101 E. La Palma Ave. in Anaheim is selling Regular grade for $3.93. Gas prices have stabilized at most stations. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
One motorist bought and paid $100.00 for 25.4 gallons of gas at an Arco station in Anaheim on Friday morning. KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
If this week's record spike in gasoline prices sent you scurrying to a budget station to save a few bucks, you're not alone. And maybe you wondered: Is a cheap fill-up bad for my car? SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Yung Kim of Placentia cleans his windshield as he fills up Friday morning at an Arco station in Anaheim. Gasoline in California meets a high environmental bar.KEN STEINHARDT, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
BY NICOLE KNIGHT SHINE / STAFF WRITER
If this week’s record spike in gasoline prices sent you scurrying to a budget station to save a few bucks, you’re not alone. And maybe you wondered: Is a cheap fill-up bad for my car?
The difference between what you’d pay for gas at an independent station versus a name-brand one stood at nearly a dollar on Thursday. According to GasBuddy, you would have spent $3.79 for a gallon of regular at Fountain Valley Fuels, while a gallon of regular at the 76 on Costa Mesa’s 17th Street would’ve set you back $4.65.
While there’s a lively debate among auto experts, mechanics and motorists over whether all gas is created equal, we turned to science to suss out the truth behind gas lore.
Our goal is to save you money – and give you peace of mind – the next time you pull up to the pump.
Is cheap gas bad gas?
Rest assured, penny-pinching at the pump isn’t bad for your engine.
“Buy the cheapest gas you can get that’s convenient and close, ” advised Steve Mazor, chief automotive engineer with Automobile Club of Southern California Automotive Research Center, who has been testing gas for 30 years.
He said that cheap gas isn’t dirty, as some may claim.
A few years back, Mazor ran lab tests and road tests at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds on three samples of gas from independent and major stations. The tests measured emissions, fuel economy, acceleration and driveablity. And this was in a blind test, so Mazor didn’t know which gas was which.
Was there a difference?
“No difference, ” Mazor said of the results.
In 2012, Consumer Reports also came down on the side of generic gas, debunking the myth that no-name stations supply low-quality fuel.
You can credit strict federal and state regulations.
“At the end of the day, all the gas sold in the U.S. needs to meet a minimum standard, ” explained Denton Cinquegrana, chief oil analyst at OPIS, an industry news service in New Jersey.
Californians fill up with a unique blend of gas that meets a high environmental bar. All gas sold today contains very little sulfur – which can foul catalytic converters over time – or once-widely used chemicals like benzene. And all gas must contain detergents to clean the fuel injectors and carburetor, and rein in deposits.
Plus, Cinquegrana noted, much of the gas starts in the same place, with major brands and independents buying from the same refineries, even though it can be difficult to trace who buys from where. Sometimes, the brands sell to one another.What does me too mean? How to learn how to do card magic tricks? What does state wages and tips mean? What is the meaning of cadet? What does cfm mean? What does entitlement mean? What does autonomy mean? What are some jokes? What does it mean when dogs ears are back? What does mango taste like? Say what you say meaning? How to make croutons? Horror movies where the victim tricks? What is gopuff? What does 999 stand for? How to tell if broccoli is bad? What are inverse operations? What has ears but doesn't listen meaning? What does virginity mean? why put helper springs on a torino What does the taliban takeover mean for the us? What are the 16 personalities? How to avoid shin splints? What is the meaning of sympathy for the devil? How to divide a fraction by a whole number? What is the meaning of all glitters are not gold? What is a collage? how to add your current cemu to wiiusb helper What does spot on liver mean? What does perdon mean in spanish? How to clean tv screen? What are values in life? What is commonly misdiagnosed as pink eye? What are some safety tips before, during and after lightning? What are descriptive statistics? Tips on how to install mannington adura max lvt? disable plugin proxies (e.g. tor/l2p helper plugisn) when a socks server is configured How to delete a ps4 account? How to train a cat tricks? What does mother mean in apple cider vinegar? How to play dungeons 3 tips and tricks? What does alhamdulillah mean? How to blur zoom background? How to put on a cock ring? Free tips on how to grow taller? What are ages? What is manslaughter? What does moan mean? How to take tips off? What time does duke play tonight? The future belongs to those who prepare for it today meaning? download helper companion app what is it How to stop daily health tips on? How to become a dietitian? Tips on how fo ride dick? What does phenotype mean? Tips on how to declutter? cypress where to put helper functions What is meaning of gudi padwa? What is the meaning of fraction in math? How to get your ex back psychological tricks? What is a bachelor's degree? What is the meaning of the song stan? what is aimersoft helper compact.exe What does lesco brandon mean? What is the true meaning of good friday? What makes up wages tips other compensation on w2? Sora and riku fanfiction where they go to a school and sora tricks riku into thinking he likes him? What does a purple aura mean? Which is the best bag of tricks 5e? What is the meaning of integration in social studies? What are the effects of cocaine? When i wake up i cannot fall back to sleep is there any tricks to do it? How to hold a motherboard linus tech tips? What is the meaning behind dont look up? What does ref range mean? What does revised mean? Tips how to pray and worship at home with family? What monitor does linus tech tips use for video editing? What does the color red mean? What color am i meaning? How to permanently delete facebook? What does it mean if i poop blood? What is the meaning of an emerald? How to stop picking your face? How to test for adhd? What does star level do in clash royale? How to paint tips and tricks? nvidia web helper how to disable How to keep bread fresh? Illusion, michael. tricks are what whores do for money? What is your most recent citizenship meaning? Clear snot meaning when sick? What does angel number 666 mean? What is rh negative blood? What does osu mean? Watch how to use guys with secret tips eng sub? How to make iced tea with tea bags? Why 21 gun salute meaning?
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