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Think the gas pump is wrong? You may be right

Houston Chronicle -- State inspectors have found hundreds of gas stations in the greater Houston area - 350 or more - that likely stiffed motorists because of poorly performing pumps.

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Submitted May 28, 2012 By: nj2000ng
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 6:59:40 PM

So that's how I got 18 gallons in a 16 gallon tank...
voyagerkim
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 4:49:38 PM

Hmmm. . .interesting.
1OILMAN
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:40:31 AM

You do realize that the pump may dispense to much fuel as easily as to little? Either way the pump is out of tolerance.
Any and all pumps will "drift" as it ages and only needs minimal maintenance.
After 30 years I find that that the +/- of drift is about equal.
Out of tolerance is roughly speaking +/- a teaspoon in 5 gallons.
It is generally (99.999%) not a major malfunction and when it is, again it can be +/-.
ObieDog
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 10:18:07 AM

Recent item on TV in DC showed a fair percentage of pumps giving it away also.
qwerty17
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 5:24:33 AM

this violation of the public trust is inexcusable. throw entire book at 'em.
hard.
BIGOILEATURCRUD
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Message Posted: May 29, 2012 4:37:16 AM

Fleecing of America.

Do you really know what is going into your tank?
mastermariner
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 10:22:01 PM

Not surprised
uglytom
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 10:10:51 PM

Not new,,,,,,going on for years!
northeast2
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 10:05:31 PM

New phrase for me: "pump jumping." Register gas dispensed before you even squeeze the trigger on the nozzle! Read the article: the frequency of inaccurate pumps is incredible, and this is just one city!
cheapchickKY
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 9:18:40 PM

interesting, I'll look closer at the stickers on the pumps.
WalRus49
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 9:07:06 PM

More organized mayhem and pillage.............
amerk73
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 8:53:51 PM

still too high
must87searcher
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 8:48:37 PM

There will always be cheaters in the market.

Today, I filled my tank up too the top $46.00 (full price) with 13.298 gallons. The pump said it was $3.45 per gallon, but when calculating it was less the whole price was .01 less then the one on the pump. Who made the mistake?
Nicoalbum
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 8:14:12 PM

've seen that few times.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 6:47:21 PM

On May 28, 2012 5:15:47 PM, MontanaMac wrote:

>Corrupt retailers are common in the Lone Star state.

Texas is fairly strict when it comes to consumer protection measures.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 6:40:18 PM

On May 28, 2012 5:25:50 PM, pnd1 wrote:

>The Department of Agriculture (for some strange reason)
>is responsible for inspecting them in most states.

It falls to the Department of Agriculture because they are the experts in weights and measures.

In Texas, explain why the Railroad Commission regulates oil wells, the Department of Transportation regulates railroads, and the Department of Agriculture checks gas pumps.

>They need to spend more time on inspecting.

Texas inspects stations once every four years unless there is a complaint. I complained about a station here that they did not have current stickers and I got a phone call while I was on vacation from the Texas Department of Agriculture. They said that the stickers were updated and the pumps were checked and they passed.

I find Oklahoma's pump inspection stickers useful. Not only do they state the pump was inspected, they give how much the pump was off. You may be able to find a pump that pumps more than indicated, I did.
esq262
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 6:27:42 PM

I have looked skeptically.
jjjleblanc
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 6:26:39 PM

Add it to the list.
BuckyTJones
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 6:14:54 PM

I would bet that our Congressmen and Senators are wrong more often than at the pumps. At least the department of weights and measures suppose to check on the pumps.
200porter
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 6:01:14 PM

Why doesn't this surprise me?
PathfinderSC
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 5:55:44 PM

There has been times I wondered.
kicksoholic
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 5:52:50 PM

the pumps in my area are tested and dated
Lugi1967
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 5:41:20 PM

And I think there is a lot of gas station operators that know it too
DerHahn
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 5:35:16 PM

and with smaller government there won't be any oversight at all. not that it's doing that well already.
mabrams184
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 5:07:20 PM

Programs set up for oversight of these things are lacking high standards of professionalism and control.
dave27johnson
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 5:04:02 PM

Better regulation and enforcement is needed.
hubie24
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 4:54:53 PM

and they wont get in trouble
jwalkerh
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 4:52:22 PM

What else is new?
Wanda127
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 4:47:24 PM

I always compare the price for 10 gal. because I know it should be 10 times the price per gal.
PurplepassionNC
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 4:41:03 PM

Great looking out for the greater Houston area..
katmandue
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 4:40:58 PM

I check mine everytime I fill up.
Skunk63
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 4:29:26 PM

Pumps around here have their inspection dates posted.
mikaye
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 3:54:45 PM

since it can't be proved by consumers, usually it just means they are ignored and stuck with it. have the stiffed motorists mentioned compensated in any way? no
BBopp
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 3:45:29 PM

Yes, just like the scales at the grocery. They are inaccurate.
me2002
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 3:31:50 PM

That sucks. Too bad for the folks in Texas.
pnd1
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 3:25:50 PM

The Department of Agriculture (for some strange reason) is responsible for inspecting them in most states. They need to spend more time on inspecting.
MontanaMac
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 3:15:47 PM

Corrupt retailers are common in the Lone Star state.
Pete12
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 3:15:02 PM

They are checked regularly in my area.
humblepie
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 2:46:48 PM

good luck on this one............
fjkcpa
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 2:44:08 PM

Gotta keep a close watch.
The_DR
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 2:43:23 PM

I believe it.
playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 2:07:02 PM

When I fill in my fuel log book after getting gas it pretty well tells me if I got ripped off or not. I haven't had any problems here.
portlandcat
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 2:01:09 PM

dang, this is quite a boon for the gas stations. How many people really pay that close attention to what is happening @ the pump? After reading this I know I'll be more watchful
bigthighs
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 1:49:39 PM

fix the junk or we won't by from them
YaBassa
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 1:44:44 PM

Scammers everywhere, we must have Constant Vigilance!

[Edited by: YaBassa at 5/28/2012 4:44:43 PM EST]
LEGION57
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 1:37:12 PM

Fine them bad boys- like a butcher with his thumb on the scale.
Gazas
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 1:25:11 PM

Greedy.
jimgraham
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 1:00:06 PM

In the 60's we would pump our dollar or two of gas - and then turn off the pump. While the nozzle was still in the tank, we would hold the hose up, pull the trigger and drain the hose. The next person to use the pump would pay for whatever gas we drained out of the hose.

You CAN put a gallon or two more in some cars (most) than the listed tank "capacity". By the time you fill up the expansion "headspace" and the fuel filler tube / hose, you can add a gallon to your purchase.
matthwbar
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 12:53:04 PM

That's why I am a zealot at checking gas mileage...
carpenter4u
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 12:51:01 PM

VA pumps are tested
bicycler
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Message Posted: May 28, 2012 12:48:18 PM

I am not suprised!
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