Petrol swiz?

GuyIAm 12 August 2008 61

As per usual, now that petrol prices are going down, in Kaleen, CALTEX Kaleen we are not able to buy cheaper petrol, because as usual ALL I mean ALL of the standard ULP pumps are out of order.

Amazing isn’t it ALL standard ULP pumps even though they may be on the same pump unit as the Vortex or Vortex Plus.

Also I can guarantee that between now and tomorrow that no fuel tanked will arrive in the night and that no technician will come to rectify the problem, just some dude will pop around the pumps and remove the labels and reactivate the pumps at the console.

This event will happen after a phone call to tell the operator to do it – this phone call will arrive very soon prior to any action from any authority happening.

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61 Responses to Petrol swiz?
peterh peterh 12:35 pm 13 Aug 08

hell, why not ship the lot to thredbo?

would keep down the tourists.

SheepGroper SheepGroper 12:20 pm 13 Aug 08

bd84 said :

If all the polar bears are going to drown, I’ll offer to house one and I can ride him to work. Anyone who gets in my way, I’ll be teaching my bear to attack.

You need two – one to ride to work and the other to eat burglars while you’re out.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 10:20 am 13 Aug 08

It’s not an issue of viscosity, with ethanol it’s about energy density (how many joules of energy are contained in a given volume of fuel at standard temperature and pressure). Thus when ethanol burns it releases slightly less energy to the engine. On some cars the result will be unnoticeable, on others you may notice a difference.

The higher octane fuels are a bit different in that because of the chemical composition they are more resistant to pre-detonation, and so higher compression and more aggressive spark timing can be used (typically for higher performance engines). Many newer cars have knock sensors, and are able to advance spark timing for better performance (and perhaps slightly better economy) if they sense higher octane fuel through lower rates of engine knocking. Commercially I believe higher octane fuels tend to have more in the way of fuel system detergents also, so your engine internals are cleaner (less carbon and other residues).

The best thing to do is try it out. The fuels work differently on different cars. For example, my Holden V8 runs measurably better (and gets better economy) on premium 98 octance, whereas my 4 cyl runabout doesn’t seem to notice the difference, so gets fed regular 91 octane ULP.

p1 p1 10:02 am 13 Aug 08

I would mind harnessing up a few bears for the trip to work…. and parking becomes free, because I can’t see the inspector puting a ticket on him.

bd84 bd84 9:56 pm 12 Aug 08

If all the polar bears are going to drown, I’ll offer to house one and I can ride him to work. Anyone who gets in my way, I’ll be teaching my bear to attack.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 7:52 pm 12 Aug 08

Pesty said :

chaton said :

I find it annoying how the stations put up in big flashy writing the price of the ethanol petrol (the cheapest), get you in there and then there is only one pump for this type of petrol, so you end up spending 5 c more per litre anyway…

Actually I heard on a motoring programme that although the ethonol blend fuel costs less per litre, it has a lower viscosity and so you use more, hence the savings are cancelled out. I have also heard that the vortex stuff works the oposite way as it has a higher viscosity, to the point that it works out cheaper? Anyone else heard this or maybe proven / disproven the theories?

I have heard the same as well (regarding Ethanol) and indeed experienced a fuel economy decrease in my car (Ford Laser).

NRMA has some more info about it along with comments from other motorists –

JC JC 5:00 pm 12 Aug 08

It could be a genuine fault too. Most modern multiproduct bowsers have one large pump per type of fuel. If that goes tits up then you loose every hose providing that product. Considering Caltex Kaleen is an indipendant it might be a bit harder for them to get someone in to fix it compared to a company run site.

The easy way to tell if it is a central pump type system is to listen to the bowser. If it is the type where all you hear is the fuel flowing and the numbers ticking over then it is a central pump. If you can hear the pump then each bowser has it’s own pump.

omqvc omqvc 4:33 pm 12 Aug 08

I drove past this morning, a petrol tanker was parked there. I assume delivering more fuel.

jakez jakez 4:24 pm 12 Aug 08

The sentence is clearly talking about polar bear fur not polar bears.

If as it turns out, you are all being funny…no that can’t be it.

Tempestas Tempestas 4:17 pm 12 Aug 08

I don’t think I can bear it any more….

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy 4:00 pm 12 Aug 08

It should be very clear…

Thumper Thumper 3:32 pm 12 Aug 08

Ah, so they are in fact, invisible…

How do they count them to keep a tab on the population?

Madman Madman 3:25 pm 12 Aug 08

didn’t you know this… its bare (bear) fact!

p1 p1 3:21 pm 12 Aug 08

Facinating. If polar bears are transparent, that explains why I didn’t see the hoards of bears that inhabit the region…

jakez jakez 3:19 pm 12 Aug 08

Thumper said :

That’s because they are white and therefore camoflagued

No they aren’t.

“Polar bear fur consists of a layer of dense underfur and an outer layer of guard hairs, which appear white to tan but are actually transparent.”

Thumper Thumper 3:14 pm 12 Aug 08

That’s because they are white and therefore camoflagued

p1 p1 3:13 pm 12 Aug 08

I was riding in the snow for an hour on Sunday. On the federal highway…

Didn’t see any polar bears though.

Thumper Thumper 2:57 pm 12 Aug 08

Only in arctic climes…

Pesty Pesty 2:52 pm 12 Aug 08

Aurelius said :

p1 said :

Screw the polar bears, I just want it to be safer for me when I am riding my motorbike.

Polar bears are a hazard when you’re riding a motorbike???

It’s a bear faced lie

Aurelius Aurelius 2:38 pm 12 Aug 08

p1 said :

Screw the polar bears, I just want it to be safer for me when I am riding my motorbike.

Polar bears are a hazard when you’re riding a motorbike???

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