Learn the Truth about Fueling Your Toyota

Hand refilling the car with fuel at the refuel stationHave been refueling your Toyota correctly? Although the general fueling process is fairly straightforward and one of the first things a new driver will learn, there are some misconceptions about it. Between when to fill up your Toyota’s tank and what type of fuel to use, you want to make sure you can separate fact from fiction.

Which Toyota Fuel to Use

One of the biggest questions people have about filling up their gas tank is which fuel to use. In the past, many people thought that choosing premium fuel was the best idea regardless of your vehicle. All sorts of rumors surrounded premium fuel, from it helping extend your gas mileage to simply being better for your car. The reality is that unless your Toyota’s owner’s manual tells you to use premium fuel, regular is completely fine. Your Toyota won’t be damaged by using premium, but it will cost you more. That being said, pay attention to the recommendations in your owner’s manual.

Buying Your Toyota Gas

A related rumor is that it matters which gas station you buy your gas at. Most people realized this was a myth a long time ago, but it is still worth mentioning. If you see a gas station with cheaper gas, that doesn’t mean the gas is lower quality. In fact, it is probably the same. Just be careful when saving money by picking different gas stations. Don’t spend more money getting to the cheaper station than you would save on fuel, and pay attention to rewards programs as a way to save more money.

Being Overcharged

There are even some rumors about ways in which you can be accidentally overcharged for fuel. One myth says that if you press the fuel nozzle just halfway, you will end up paying for gas that you don’t actually receive. Don’t fall for this fairly new myth. The idea behind it is that you are pumping fuel more slowly so you get less, but the system just assumes you are filling up at a faster rate. In reality, the fuel dispensers use volumetric measures that gauge how quickly the fuel is pumped. High-volume stations need to have their metering devices tested regularly for accuracy.

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May 21, 2016
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