|Click & Clack Talk
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I got into an argument recently
concerning whether I should top off when I fuel
up. You know what I mean - the pump shuts off,
and I can either stop or put another half a
gallon more in. Is that OK, or not? I notice some
pumps say not to top off, and I was wondering
why. Most reasons I have found online discuss
fuel expansion, which, it seems to me, would be
rather minimal. So now I am asking the experts...
can you point me in the right direction? - Kurt
RAY: Was the
"argument" with a spouse, by any
chance, Kurt? Who else would you ever get into an
argument with at a gas station? Anyway, you owe
her an apology, Kurt.
TOM: Vaporization is the
problem. In the old days, gas caps used to have
holes in them so gasoline vapors could escape.
The vapors went right into the atmosphere,
creating smog and preventing Sarah Palin from
seeing Russia from her home in Alaska. Oh, and
the other problem with smog: lung disease.
RAY: To solve the problem, the
Environmental Protection Agency required that all
cars come with a vapor recovery system. A key
piece of that system is something called a
charcoal canister, which is attached to the gas
TOM: When the gasoline in the
tank expands and creates vapors, those vapors are
absorbed by the charcoal. Theyre held there
in the charcoal until the next time the car
starts, and then the vapors are sucked back into
the intake air, and burned by the engine during
the combustion process.
RAY: When you top off your
tank, you take the chance that youll force
liquid gasoline into the charcoal canister,
ruining it. And what does that mean? At least 300
Journey Along the
By Leesa I. Robinson, NHP
Sponsored by Robinson Family Health Center
A life of good health includes
time spent in meaningful relationships. We have
all noticed how time goes by at a very consistent
and predictable pace. We all get the same amount,
and most of us just simply would like to have
more of it! In our proactive walk in health,
lets consider giving the gift of time.
What does it look like to give
the gift of time? We wont find it on a
shelf, it doesnt require wrapping, it
wont be a gift that will need to be
returned or exchanged. The value is priceless,
and it is healthy for the person giving and the
person receiving. It is constructive and requires
Healthy relationships build
healthy families, healthy churches, and healthy
Watch any one of these healthy
entities and you will see time being invested in
Consider giving time in some
*Spend time with others around
the dinner table on a regular basis and discover
the dying art of conversation.
*Limit use of cell phones while
in the presence of others. Validate others
worthiness as a human being by looking them in
the eye and giving them your uninterrupted time.
*Read a book with a child.
*Sit down and have conversation
with someone who is your senior and learn from
*Share your wisdom with someone
younger than you.
Step into the rhythm of life
and be enriched with the wholeness and health of
Yours in good
Leesa I. Robinson, NHP