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So here in south Florida we are getting ready for Hurricane Mathew. Yestetday i got off work early and started driving around to find gas. I had less than a quarter tank left and was a little nervous. Alot of gas stations where already out of gas and the ones that had fuel had ridiculous lines. After driving for a bit i found a citgo with a small group of people filling up. I got in line and a short wait later i was filled up with good ol 93....or so i thought. I get home and later that night i go out to get las minute supplies. I get on the highway and I give it the beans and it felt horrible. The power loss was very noticeable. I kept stepping on it the rest of the night to make sure it wasnt just me being picky. Ive used up about a little more the half the tank and will fill up again now to see if there is any difference. Im convinced it was the fuel, nothing else has changed, i have 4 or 5 gas stations that are my go to and ive never had this happen. Its known here that scams pop up when things like this happen(storm). I know my brother in law once filled up before a hurricane and the gas was diluted with water, you can imagine the headache that caused. Im thinking they where selling 87 as 93 and thats the lack of performance im feeling. Hopefully its just the gas and not something else. Also the port is going to close soon so fuel wont be delivered till after the storm, so the lines after the storm will be hectic.

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So here in south Florida we are getting ready for Hurricane Mathew. Yestetday i got off work early and started driving around to find gas. I had less than a quarter tank left and was a little nervous. Alot of gas stations where already out of gas and the ones that had fuel had ridiculous lines. After driving for a bit i found a citgo with a small group of people filling up. I got in line and a short wait later i was filled up with good ol 93....or so i thought. I get home and later that night i go out to get las minute supplies. I get on the highway and I give it the beans and it felt horrible. The power loss was very noticeable. I kept stepping on it the rest of the night to make sure it wasnt just me being picky. Ive used up about a little more the half the tank and will fill up again now to see if there is any difference. Im convinced it was the fuel, nothing else has changed, i have 4 or 5 gas stations that are my go to and ive never had this happen. Its known here that scams pop up when things like this happen(storm). I know my brother in law once filled up before a hurricane and the gas was diluted with water, you can imagine the headache that caused. Im thinking they where selling 87 as 93 and thats the lack of performance im feeling. Hopefully its just the gas and not something else. Also the port is going to close soon so fuel wont be delivered till after the storm, so the lines after the storm will be hectic.

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Yeah in a situation like this I could only imagine that I would have to live like a normal Focus driver for a week or two...damn these natural disasters.
 
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Yeah in a situation like this I could only imagine that I would have to live like a normal Focus driver for a week or two...damn these natural disasters.
Yup, i have 2 5 gallon tanks of fuel in my company car incase i need to use a generator. But if push comes to shove ill put the fuel in my car just to get me around. Personally I dont think it will get that bad. Sure there will be damage but nothing to crazy

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So here in south Florida we are getting ready for Hurricane Mathew. Yestetday i got off work early and started driving around to find gas. I had less than a quarter tank left and was a little nervous. Alot of gas stations where already out of gas and the ones that had fuel had ridiculous lines. After driving for a bit i found a citgo with a small group of people filling up. I got in line and a short wait later i was filled up with good ol 93....or so i thought. I get home and later that night i go out to get las minute supplies. I get on the highway and I give it the beans and it felt horrible. The power loss was very noticeable. I kept stepping on it the rest of the night to make sure it wasnt just me being picky. Ive used up about a little more the half the tank and will fill up again now to see if there is any difference. Im convinced it was the fuel, nothing else has changed, i have 4 or 5 gas stations that are my go to and ive never had this happen. Its known here that scams pop up when things like this happen(storm). I know my brother in law once filled up before a hurricane and the gas was diluted with water, you can imagine the headache that caused. Im thinking they where selling 87 as 93 and thats the lack of performance im feeling. Hopefully its just the gas and not something else. Also the port is going to close soon so fuel wont be delivered till after the storm, so the lines after the storm will be hectic.

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You shouldn't note that big of difference on a stock tune. I switch between 93 and 87 often and don't notice that big a difference. According to Ford, you lose 9 HP. That's less than a 4 percent drop.

I would be more concerned with diluted gas or possibly some water contamination due to scraping the bottom of the tank, which is more likely when everyone makes a run on gas.

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But just getting 87 instead of 93 should not cause that noticeable a difference.

Stay safe.. I'm hunkering down here in Tamarac. It looks as if we will avoid the worst of it. I'm more worried about the aftermath. Long term power outages and bare store shelves are not a good time. Hope I ain't eating SpaghettiO’s all week.
 
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You shouldn't note that big of difference on a stock tune. I switch between 93 and 87 often and don't notice that big a difference. According to Ford, you lose 9 HP. That's less than a 4 percent drop.

I would be more concerned with diluted gas or possibly some water contamination due to scraping the bottom of the tank, which is more likely when everyone makes a run on gas.

Beware This Problem That Stops Your Car Cold - Autoblog

But just getting 87 instead of 93 should not cause that noticeable a difference.

Stay safe.. I'm hunkering down here in Tamarac. It looks as if we will avoid the worst of it. I'm more worried about the aftermath. Looking term power outages and bare store shelves are not a good time. Hope I ain't eating SpaghettiO’s all week.
Yeah im thinking worst case scenario ill drain the tank. I atleast have my company car to lug me around just incase. I remember when wilma hit us , i didn't have power for 3 weeks. It was terrible. If a tree falls on my car it would suck but that would be the end of it. Im more worried about small debris scratching and denting my car lol. Stay safe bud, im here in pines and hopefully it wont be that bad.

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Can't automatically conclude the gas was diluted; regulations, standards and PENALTIES are a lot greater these days than in the past so dilution is less of a problem. You may have gotten a bad batch of gas for various reasons, the supplier may have overly drawn down their stock tanks and picked up some dirt and/or water in the process to keep up with demand might be one reason.
 

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Keep your car topped off, stocked up and no unnecessary trips, hunker down, have a beer and ride it out. Good luck :)
 

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Car full (and tucked in the garage), generator full (with 20 gal reserve), food, ice, water, etc...I *think* we're ready up here in Orlando.

Be safe FL peeps...this storm is the real deal...
 

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In Pennsylvania we are just wondering if we will get any rain from it or not for the Penn State game Saturday...stay safe fellow FoST drivers down South!
 

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In Pennsylvania we are just wondering if we will get any rain from it or not for the Penn State game Saturday...stay safe fellow FoST drivers down South!
It's actually looping back around for a possible second shot at FL...you should be fine in PA.
 

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I got news for you. Fuel is being pumped to that area via pipeline at maximum rates. Trucks still have to load the fuel and truck it out. When demand outgrows the turnaround times and panic sets in, your toast. I am in the pipeline businesss and work for one of the major suppliers in the US. Pumps will keep sending fuel as long as the weather permits. We tend to ride it out to get you fuel as long as it takes. If it stays a 4 or 5, plan on being without electricity and fuel for 2 weeks in hard hit areas. Be mad at the stores selling, not us. Unless you have 3 weeks of water and can survive with no power, then I suggest you get the hell outta dodge. 2 weeks don't seem like much, but it's an eternity without water....
 

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Yeah, i woke up this morning around 330 got dressed and went to a gas station and filled up. Storm has almost past and it wasnt bad. Im more worried about the loop its going to make and hit us again by Wednesday next week. I started buying supplies on sunday. I have a 3 year old and a 7 month old, cant afford to run out of food/water.

Check this out lol. I think its a joke but on craigslist ive seen people sell gas at high rates.





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