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Petrol Short Measure.

#1
I put £50 in my nearly dry 4x4 on Saturday , normally it would register half full on the gauge but only made it up to quarter on this occasion , sure enough 80 miles later I need more fuel so not a faulty gauge as far as I can tell, Ive got my receipt and debit card slip from the garage and remember the pump number .
This happened to anyone one else? what did you do ? Next stop trading standards? Is it possible to fiddle the readings ? I`m pretty sure it would be possible for a techie.
 
#3
I doubt it's fiddled. More likely faulty. For the sake of £25, I doubt it's worth taking any sort of action. You won't be able to prove anything.

If the problem repeats itself at a different petrol station/pump, I'd get your car/fuel gauge checked.
 
#4
I doubt it's fiddled. More likely faulty. For the sake of £25, I doubt it's worth taking any sort of action. You won't be able to prove anything.

If the problem repeats itself at a different petrol station/pump, I'd get your car/fuel gauge checked.
I put another £50 in tonight at a different garage and sure enough it went upto half full , Cernunnos ,tonights was dearer per liter than Saturdays , on the receipt anyway.
 
#5
I put another £50 in tonight at a different garage and sure enough it went upto half full , Cernunnos ,tonights was dearer per liter than Saturdays , on the receipt anyway.
If you can afford the time, I'd fill a jerry can at the same pump and keep the receipt; weigh it before and after and you should be able to work out the weigh of 25 litres or whatever. A 50% error would make me ring trading standards.
 
#8
Here's to the glorious, pious and immortal memory of the great and good King William III, Prince of Orange, who saved us from rogues and roguery, slaves and slavery, knaves and knavery, Popes and Popery, brass money, short measures of petroleum spirit and wooden shoes.
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#9
At current prices you should have been able to stick about 35L into your tank. The meters in the pumps are supposed to be tested by Trading Standards, annually, to a National Standard (If you really want to be bored to death PM me for the measurement uncertainty standards)
 
#10
Simple answer. Go into the station and ask. If it is a dodgy pump others will have complained. Any decent sized company will do the decent thing and admit the error and sort it out. £25 to them is pennies, especially if it gives them a shitty reputation. Worst case scenario is they will say it's fine and not their problem. You have nothing to lose.
 
#12
I agree with contacting the garage direct escp if they are a supermarket one, they'll sort it our rather than argue for weeks. If that fails then contact the PETROLEUM OFFICER at the appropriate County Council and they will test the pump and examine the stations own test data (has to be done weekly!)

Of course you need to be cerain that you didn't pour it all over the floor due to a split pipe/ temporary insanity or whatever!
 
#13
If you're only getting 50% then that's easy. Just put 2 litres, by the pump measure, in a plastic jerry can (the type with a measure on the side), if it only puts 1 litre of fuel in there is your proof.

However if it shows 2 litres then you're ******* senile.
 
#14
If you're only getting 50% then that's easy. Just put 2 litres, by the pump measure, in a plastic jerry can (the type with a measure on the side), if it only puts 1 litre of fuel in there is your proof.

However if it shows 2 litres then you're ******* senile.
I don't think anyone really things this is a conspiracy do they... If they were going to scam you they would make it realistic and skim 2/3 percent. I think the evidence of my car taking 110litres to fill up with a 60 litre tank would be more convincing to a court or trading standards.

So whatever happened it's probably fixed by now, and they will probably own up unless it was a freak one off.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#15
didnt the AA make a thing of customs not checking forecourts anymore as digital pumps are harder to fiddle. but they wont tell you if they are going wrong.

you sure you weren't lower than you thought?

AA also having higher call outs due to people not filling up soon enough.
 
#16
I don't think anyone really things this is a conspiracy do they... If they were going to scam you they would make it realistic and skim 2/3 percent. I think the evidence of my car taking 110litres to fill up with a 60 litre tank would be more convincing to a court or trading standards.

So whatever happened it's probably fixed by now, and they will probably own up unless it was a freak one off.
You do know that a filling station is one of the easiest ways criminal gangs can launder money?
 

jarrod248

LE
Gallery Guru
#20
I get 400miles to a tank of petrol normally. If i fill up at a Q8 station in NE (generally round Catterick) i get 480miles - go figure.
Perhaps you are driving on different types of roads, strangely enough if i'm commuting to work I do about 35mpg but when driving on longer runs on motorways I can do at least 50MPG - go figure.
 

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