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What Does Sugar Do in a Gas TankThere's an old saw about sugar and gas tanks that's been circulating in pop culture since at least the 1950s. If you pour sugar into somebody's gas tank, it's supposed to gel into some kind of gasoline-flavored pudding, which sounds like something that would be on the menu at Flo's Diner in Radiator Springs.

But is it real? Does sugar in a gas tank really ruin your engine?

Read on for the truth.

The Chemistry

First, sugar doesn't really dissolve in gasoline. Back in the mid-nineties, some extremely bored scientist decided to put sugar and gasoline in a centrifuge to see if he could measure the rate at which gasoline actually incorporated sugar into itself, and he discovered something: it doesn't.

Getting Oil Stains Out of ClothesPower steering first appeared as an extra-cost option on Cadillacs in the early fifties. Today power steering is included as standard on just about everything with four wheels, as long as it's not a lawnmower.

What Is Power Steering and What Does It Do?

Power steering adds power to the driver's steering inputs. Any car with power steering is going to be noticeably easier to drive, especially at low speeds (like when you're parking), than a car without it.

Classic cars came with huge steering wheels so that the driver had more leverage for steering. Today, since all cars come standard with power steering, steering wheels are a little more reasonably sized.

Getting Oil Stains Out of ClothesMotor oil, grease, and other automotive chemicals can be tricky to remove from clothing. Success will vary by how bad the stain is, how long it has been sitting, what kind of fabric has been stained, and what you have on hand to fix it.

Home Remedies

You're going to want to use your better judgment about these steps. If, for instance, hot water or bleach is called for and you're dealing with a delicate natural fabric like wool or silk, better think again. For those fabrics that should never get wet or become subjected to chlorine bleach, either test them in an inconspicuous area or be extremely careful.

The objective here is to save and restore an item of clothing, not guarantee that it's been ruined. Follow these steps in order for easy oil or grease stain removal:

Antifreeze vs CoolantIs there any difference between antifreeze and coolant, and if so, what is it? Are their chemistries different or not, and does it really matter?

Can I just use plain old water in my car? And what about the orange stuff vs. the green stuff? Why are there so many choices? Sometimes a person just wants a coffee (for instance), and it's not like more choices are helpful!

What Is the Difference Between Antifreeze and Coolant?

It's actually really simple: antifreeze is undiluted coolant. Antifreeze is just a full-strength solution of either propylene glycol or ethylene glycol and other ingredients.

Propylene glycol is actually less toxic than ethylene glycol, but regardless of the main ingredient in your antifreeze, coolant is what either solution is called when diluted 50-50 with distilled water.

Why the Price of Gas Goes Up and Down - Key Factors

Why the Price of Gas Goes Up and DownIf you've had to fill up a tank of gas lately, you've probably noticed that the price of gas is like Bitcoin. It's going higher overall, but it doesn't seem to be the same from hour to hour. So what's going on? Why is it over $4 in most places? Let's talk about why gas prices fluctuate and what in particular is causing them to ping-pong at the moment.

Crude Oil

Crude oil prices are the biggest percentage of the cost increase. Since oil makes up 43% of the price of gas, when it goes up, so does the gas. And with the war currently raging in Ukraine, the world is issuing sanctions against Russia. Unfortunately, much of the supply of crude oil comes from Russia.