Fuel Gauge problems caused by bad gasoline... - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


General GM Chat When starting new posts, please specify YEAR, MAKE, MODEL, ENGINE type, and whatever modifications you have made. Chat about all things GM (and related cars). Off-topic stuff should be in the Lounge, and all Model specific mechanical problems should be posted in the proper forum.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-23-2004, 02:52 PM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
mdjones333 is on a distinguished road
Default Fuel Gauge problems caused by bad gasoline...

Hello fellow Bonnie Owners-

After experiencing a rather strange behavior of my fuel gauge and reading about Shell Oil / Texaco refineries producing high-sulfur gasoline, I want to point out the following information:

The initial report described the situation occuring within the southern US, mainly in Louisiana and Florida. This is NOT the case! I live in the Northeast US and am finding the same issue here. A little research shows that most main petroleum suppliers have refineries located near the Gulf of Mexico with underground distribution networks (steel pipes about 1 to 3 feet in diameter buried underground) that carry the refined petroleum products (gasoline, diesel, heating oil, kerosene, etc) to regional terminal sites for further distribution. Central Pennsylvania is home to a few of these sites and they receive what is known as "wholesale product" from any number of refineries. Most local gas stations get their deliveries from the terminal, sold at "spot prices" and are not branded until they are in the truck. At that point, it becomes the brand (Sunoco, Exxon, BP, Shell, etc).

OK, long discussion with a short result. Be cautious about the fuel being used even if it is not pumped from a Shell or Texaco pump. In a pinch, they can get a delivery from the terminal that may have received product from that particular refinery, and also note that some of that high-sulfurous gasoline may still be in the 1000 mile distrubution line awaiting further delivery.

Hope this sheds some light on this issue.


Mark D. Jones, PE
Harrisburg, PA
2000 SLE
mdjones333 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 03:09 PM   #2
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Salina, KS
Posts: 5,246
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
TrueWildMan is on a distinguished road
Default

What strange behavior was being manifest?
TrueWildMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 03:35 PM   #3
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 7
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
mdjones333 is on a distinguished road
Default Link to the original problem...

mdjones333 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 03:37 PM   #4
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Salina, KS
Posts: 5,246
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
TrueWildMan is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Link to the original problem...

Quote:
Originally Posted by mdjones333
http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19491
Thanks...
TrueWildMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 03:45 PM   #5
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default

As stated before, this is an intermittent chronic problem from coast to coast. GM is well aware of the problem, and has issued statements about it. It is NOT isolated to one region, although that particular instance may have been just the latest major case, or slightly different somehow.

I NEVER put Shell in any GM vehicle. Union76 and Chevron are my only 2 sources. We even have some independents here that use Shell. You have to ask to know what you're getting.
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 04:10 PM   #6
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Salina, KS
Posts: 5,246
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
TrueWildMan is on a distinguished road
Default

What about Conoco? About every station here uses either Shell (now) or Texaco...
TrueWildMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 04:40 PM   #7
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 3,089
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
95SLE is on a distinguished road
Default

Just curious but why do you stay away from Shell. Personally I do not use Shell but there is a Shell station that is convenient to me on my way home and the price is pretty decent.
95SLE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 04:42 PM   #8
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Salina, KS
Posts: 5,246
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
TrueWildMan is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 95SLE
Just curious but why do you stay away from Shell. Personally I do not use Shell but there is a Shell station that is convenient to me on my way home and the price is pretty decent.
The above link explains.
TrueWildMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2004, 01:16 AM   #9
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 0
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Custom88 is on a distinguished road
Default

I've been buying my gas from Citgo lately. Don't know if their gas is good or not. I see their stations all over around here though.
Custom88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2004, 08:10 AM   #10
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 3,089
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
95SLE is on a distinguished road
Default

TrueWildMan
Thank you. It'* a bitz when I do not read very well or just skim topics.
95SLE is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bad, bad, bad, bad vibrations.... SilverSleeper8704 2000-2005 11 07-30-2010 06:42 AM
New fuel pressure check reading - performance-caused? radomirthegreat 1992-1999 2 11-11-2007 11:47 PM
Erratic temperature gauge and fuel gauge 1995BvSSE 2000-2005 8 06-15-2007 09:20 PM
Missing smoking bad, coolant in oil. Caused by thinned oil? mdrose64 1992-1999 10 03-20-2007 09:28 AM
Fuel Gauge Problems Caused by Shell(and other) Gasoline Ol' Timer Everything Electrical & Electronic 9 06-29-2004 06:42 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:15 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.