I’ve got several q’s concerning gasoline.
• First, I’ve heard of a group in SoCal that wants to fight the current price hikes by temporarily getting rid of high octane gas at the pump and replacing it with an additional med octane pump. Now that sounds stupid to me, but here’s the question: I have a sports car which, according to the owners manual, requires high octane fuel.
Is this hype? Or will cutting back hurt my engine and/or performance?
• Question two: I had a mechanic tell me to use Chevron fuel, claiming that their additive (Techron) actually worked and keeps engines cleaner. Is this a legitimate claim? Or should I assume his brother owns some Chevron stations around town?
• Lastly, what’s up with every gas station in the U.S. charging $X.XX 9/10. That 9/10 of a cent seems like… an insult. Are they really pretending to save us cash by dropping the price from $2.01/gallon to $2.00 9/10/gallon? How much does the average station earn a year for those extra 9/10 cents?
And pay close attention to the price marquees… the numbers are all changeable. Except for those damned 9/10 cents which are usually permant parts of the price!