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Winter gasoline: it's no myth

GasBuddy Blog -- It's dubbed "winter gasoline". Some deny its existence, some know about it, some even know what it really means. Many, however, don't really know much about it besides what they hear. For simplicity, it is called "winter gasoline"- the gasoline that doesn't have to meet stringent summer EPA air pollution laws as those laws are relaxed ahead of colder weather.

Many areas across the United States have different laws for emissions during the hot summer months. Air pollution becomes far more of a problem when the heat and sun cause pollutants in gasoline to become far more of an issue. With cooler weather, it's not such a concern, so those stringent laws are relaxed. What's the difference? Many areas revert back to a more similar standard...


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Gas4Gore
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 10:40:42 PM

You are kidding.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 1:07:53 PM

be better to keep same gas year around to keep us from these change over spikes in prices.
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 12:44:30 PM

no
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 8:40:41 PM

Now if we could just get the RWD (rotten winter drivers) off the road before the first snowfall...
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 8:49:49 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 6:44:40 PM

Yeah sure
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Message Posted: Sep 29, 2012 7:49:08 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 4:17:17 PM

when I used fuel oil for heating fuel the supplier used to add kerosene during the winter.
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Message Posted: Sep 20, 2012 11:58:26 PM

To compensate for the lack of emissions and fuel usage along with fowling of engine valves, it is a good idea
to purchase your gasoline where gas stations have a cleansing formula mixed in with their gas. like for instance
chevron has Techron, shell also has one. you would have to research others who have it. a lot of gas companies don't. these formulas, believe it helps those who really live in a place thats cold,snowy,Icy. also not to mention extreme hot climates. Now be mechanically free my friends.
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 4:17:51 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 9:27:07 AM

yep
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2012 6:45:19 AM

Prevents vapor lock in the summer
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2012 10:58:09 PM

no
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 5:13:05 PM

I just recently heard of this for the first time
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 3:12:40 PM

WOW
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2012 9:48:32 AM

never heard of it,
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 11:46:45 PM

The myth is winter gas will be cheaper.
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 2:24:57 PM

time for gas to go down
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wow
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2012 6:47:11 AM

another excuse for Pig Oil.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 10:23:56 PM

That's awesome... is lubricity a word?
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 1:18:56 PM

That's interesting, I honestly didn't know about that....
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 8:26:21 AM

it is what itis
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 8:01:29 AM

Just get rid of ethanol and all these problems go away.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 7:44:14 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 7:17:23 AM

another reason for Pig Oil to keep prices high.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 2:51:15 AM

We have it in Cal., and it keeps prices high.
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2012 12:54:22 AM

All-electric vehicles don't need winter or summer additives because they DO NOT POLLUTE !!!
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interesting
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2012 7:26:59 AM

Can you imagine how profitable Gas companies could be without California's mandates on gas emissions.
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 11:01:22 PM

Caprice: I do it all the time during the cold months in a big ol' 8-cylinder 1 ton diesel. No damage. It prevents diesel from gelling, something you don't see w/ any gasoline. Florida usually doesn't get much in term of "winter" diesel, so I mix my own.
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The good old days...
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2012 11:31:41 AM

You add gas to diesel it loses its lubricity, how much does that fuel pump cost?
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 11:09:10 PM

bigbull: you're right. But then, the best way to winterize diesel is to add some gas.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 7:50:14 PM

mabe a myth for gasoline but not for deisel
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If we could get a standard set of environmental rules across the states, we could reduce the variety of refining and save money.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2012 7:28:29 AM

It's a myth
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Created by the "bureaucracy", no doubt.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 10:12:48 PM

Never heard of "winter gasoline".
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 6:43:05 PM

ok.........
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 3:57:50 PM

Still price gouging!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 3:02:18 PM

One country, one blend and prices would drop as well as having fewer regional shortages.
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 2:12:00 PM

Gasoline is oxygenated with an ethanol mix, it burns cleaner BUT my mpg goes down. The cost of going somewhere is more than otherwise, so leave this stuff to smog filled cities like LA and others.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, has a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:55:19 PM

GOOFY
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caddilac:

you don't have to deal with this muslim terrorist, who is destroying this country more and more everyday-if you think that dictator-in-chief is such a great leader, then i suggest y'all kidnap him and take him over the border..h*llfire, let us know when you are coming for him, and as in those famous words in movie "independence day", we will plow the road for you-no red lights, no traffic jams..just grab and go..

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Less volatile components are allowed in summer gasoline to keep them from evaporating out of your tank in the heat.
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all i care about is the price i pay, and once again, north carolina's average price is higher than the national avg-and we rank 4th on the U-6 scale..what kind of "intelligence" is in charge of this state, and this nation ??..
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ok
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Message Posted: Sep 5, 2012 1:29:28 PM

Well there USED to be "fewer mandates and unique blends of winter gasoline"... now you've just set the upcoming legislative agenda for many state governments around the country.
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I agree, LtRTH!
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