Is Top Tier gasoline worth the extra money?

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John San Filippo is the founder and president of OmniChannel Communications Inc. He has nearly 40 years of experience in financial services and technology. He’s written for every major … Web: Details If you drive a gasoline-powered BMW, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, or Audi, among others, your automobile’s manufacturer recommends that you use Top Tier gasoline. The problem is, most consumers don’t know what Top Tier gas is, nor do they care. Gas is gas, right? Wrong.Top Tier is a trademarked name that refers to gasolines that meet specific detergent additive specifications that go above and beyond what’s required by the EPA. But why would gasoline makers want to do more than what’s required by law?In the late 1980s, as more and more auto manufacturers began to move to fuel injection systems, these manufacturers noticed that fuel injectors were becoming clogged faster than anyone expected. They traced the problem to a lack of sufficient detergent additives in most gasolines. Finally, with a little nudging from these manufacturers, the EPA introduced minimum additive standards in 1995.The problem was that while the EPA standards addressed emission concerns, they didn’t take engine longevity into account. The result was that EPA-compliant gasoline continued to cause clogged fuel injectors and contaminated combustion chambers, leading to higher emissions and lower fuel economy, not to mention expensive repairs.Rather than wait for the government to fix the problem, automobile manufacturers banded together to create their own standard for detergent additives. In 2004, the standard was finalized and thus was born Top Tier gas.But Top Tier gasoline sounds more expensive, doesn’t it? The truth is, Top Tier gas is more expensive – but only by an average of 3 cents per gallon. And you get plenty of benefit for those extra 3 cents.In one study, AAA set out to see just how much of a difference Top Tier gas makes. Simulating 4,000 miles in the lab for both Top Tier and non-Top Tier gas, they discovered than non-Top Tier gas left an average of 660 milligrams of deposits on each intake, while Top Tier gas left an average of only 34 milligrams. That a 95 percent decrease in deposits, which can translate to substantial savings in repair bills.Just as important, the same study showed that it’s never too late to start using Top Tier gas. After running a “dirty” engine only 1,000 miles on Top Tier gas, researchers discovered that the Top Tier gas had cleared out a significant amount of residue.Maybe you’re wondering whether Top Tier gas is hard to find. It’s not. Most major brands meet Top Tier standards. These include 76, ARCO, Chevron, Exxon, Mobil, Phillips 66, Shell and Texaco. However, there are also many lesser-known brands that meet Top Tier standards, including Break Time, Costco, Fast Fuel, Holiday, Kwik Star, QuikTrip, Ranger Stallion and Valero.If you’re wondering whether your favorite gas station meets Top Tier standards, just Google a list of Top Tier gasolines. You might be pleasantly surprised. And if your favorite station doesn’t cut it, it’s probably time to find another station. Your car’s engine will love you, and your auto repair fund will love you, too.last_img read more

AB de Villiers leads Proteas’ recovery following imperious Kohli century

first_imgAB de Villiers crafted an unbeaten half-century to put South Africa in a promising position on the third day of the second Test which was cut short by bad light after India captain Virat Kohli lit up Centurion with a sublime hundred.A magnificent 21st Test century from Kohli (153) got the tourists up to 307 all out yesterday, Morne Morkel taking 4-60 as the Proteas earned a first-innings advantage of 28.An intriguing contest appeared to be swinging in India’s favour when Jasprit Bumrah reduced South Africa to 3-2, but de Villiers (50 not out) and Dean Elgar (36 n.o.) came to the rescue with an unbroken third-wicket stand of 87 on a deteriorating pitch.South Africa were 90-2 when the players were taken off 10 overs into the final session under dark skies, leading by 118 as they strive to wrap up the series with one match to play.Kohli carried on where he left off on day two after India resumed on 183-5, the skipper adding the 15 runs he needed to raise his bat yet again, reaching three figures by working debutant Lungi Ngidi into the leg side for two.Hardik Pandya had shown restraint, but gifted South Africa his wicket when he ambled through for a single but was run-out by Vernon Philander, the all-rounder failing to ground his bat or a foot despite being beyond the crease.Kohli found another able partner in Ravichandran Ashwin (38), who dispatched Kagiso Rabada for three consecutive boundaries as Kohli continued to look untroubled.Ashwin struck seven boundaries and put on a much-needed 71 with Kohli for the seventh wicket before edging Philander, steaming in with the new ball, to Faf du Plessis at second slip.Morkel removed Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma cheaply, but Kohli was able to bring up 150 by pulling the paceman to the midwicket boundary before the innings was ended when he holed out to the same bowler.Bumrah (2-30) set the alarm bells ringing for South Africa when he trapped Aiden Markram and Hashim Amla leg-before, but de Villiers showed positive intent and Elgar grafted for his runs on a tricky surface, indifferent bounce making life difficult for the Villiers found the ropes six times and reached his 50 before play ended prematurely due to the failing light, a rain delay having also brought the players off after tea.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgSalazar said Martinez was arrested as he was getting into a pickup. Officers found a replica of a .25-caliber handgun in his pocket and two cell phones, she added. `Fiesta Patrias’ to be held Sept. 15 WHITTIER – The Friends of Pio Pico will hold the annual “Fiesta Patrias,” the celebration of Mexican independence, from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Pio Pico State Historic State Park, 6003 Pioneer Blvd. The celebration also will include an art fair. Roberto Garza will portray Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California. There also will be adobe brick making, traditional bread baking, old-fashioned children’s games and guided tours of the adobe ranch house. Entertainment will be provided by Mariachi Herencia de Mexico and SPIRITT Family Services – Folklorico de Colores. For information, call Maggie Valdivia at (562) 335-2314 or Kristen Perry at (562) 695-1217, Ext. 102. 9/11 documentary screening set WHITTIER – The Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition will present a free screening of “911: Press for Truth,” a documentary about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. Free refreshments will be provided. For information, call (562) 587-6270 or (562) 698-9154. Application starts for lunch program SANTA FE SPRINGS – Little Lake City School District is providing free and reduced-priced meals to qualifying students in the district for 2007-08. The district office, 10515 S. Pioneer Blvd., and schools have a copy of the policy for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Household size and income will be considered to determine if a child is eligible for the program. Children whose family receives food stamp, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (KinGAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible regardless of family income. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, those interested must complete an application and return it to the Nutrition Services Office or the cafeteria manager at each school. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. There is a separate application for a foster child, based solely on the child’s income. Applications are available at the district office and at schools. For more information, call (562) 868-8241, ext. 256. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Officers arrested a parolee Monday night after he allegedly robbed three people of cell phones and a pack of cigarettes. Paul Martinez, 50, of Victorville was booked on suspicion of armed robbery and was being held without bail at Whittier Jail. He will be arraigned today at Whittier Court. The robberies happened in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. The first victim was sitting in a car in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 8438 Santa Fe Springs Road about 9 p.m. Monday when a man brandished a handgun and demanded money, according to Whittier police spokeswoman Officer Diana Salazar. She said the robber got away with two cell phones. The victim gave police a description of the robber and the getaway vehicle, a maroon Ford Ranger. A robber also struck in the parking lot of the Food 4 Less at 7810 Norwalk Blvd. in Santa Fe Springs. He robbed a second victim of a pack of cigarettes but took nothing from a third victim, Salazar said. She said there could be a fourth victim. A witness saw the robbery in the Food 4 Less parking lot and called police. Officers suspected it was the same man because of the similar description from the previous robbery, she said. last_img

Manchester City star Leroy Sane has his say over Germany World Cup snub

first_img Manchester City star Leroy Sane 1 Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has expressed his disappointment at missing out on Germany’s World Cup squad but vowed to “give it my all to bounce back stronger”.The 22-year-old was a shock omission from Joachim Low’s final 23-man party for the tournament in Russia, having starred in City’s record-breaking Premier League campaign and been a regular in Germany’s recent matches.A day after Low’s announcement, Sane issued a statement via his Twitter account which said: “Thank you so much everyone for your encouraging messages yesterday and today.“I’m obviously disappointed I won’t participate in the World Cup but I have to accept this decision and I’ll give it my all to bounce back stronger!“Nothing but the best of success to the DFB Team in Russia. Go get that title!”Sane’s performances for City earned him the PFA young player of the year award as he scored 10 league goals and added 15 assists, second only to team-mate Kevin De Bruyne in that category.Announcing his squad on Monday, Low said it was a “tight” call to leave Sane out as he favoured Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen.“In the end it was tight, both (Sane and Brandt) have great qualities, are fast and dribble,” he said.“Julian Brandt had some good games at the Confederations Cup and was also very good in training, it was close.“Leroy has a huge talent and he’ll be there again, and we’ll have to work more with him again from September onwards.”last_img read more

Indian-Origin Celebrity Chef Fired by Dubai Hotel for Tweet Over Islam

first_imgThe JW Marriot Marquis Hotel in Dubai terminated its contract with chef Atul Kochhar on June 13 after a tweet posted by him over the weekend caused a furor on the social media.“Following the recent comments made by Chef Atul Kochhar, we have taken the decision to end our agreement with him. With the termination of our agreement, Chef Atul will no longer be associated with the restaurant,” Bill Keffer, the general manager of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, said in a statement.Kochhar called the hotel’s decision “deeply upsetting,” Gulf News reported. “I fully accept the great pain I have caused and the difficult position the hotel has been put in,” he wrote in an emailed statement to the publication, adding, “I hope my friends and well-wishers in Dubai will forgive me and continue to support me in the future.”The a 48-year-old Michelin star chef had invited public ire on Twitter after he tweeted in response to Priyanka Chopra’s apology over the controversial Quantico episode that showed a Hindu nationalist group plotting a terror attack. “It’s sad to see that you (Priyanka) have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on You (sic),” Kochhar said in the tweet, that was later deleted by him.The Indian-origin chef also apologized twice on the social media platform.His second apology came after netizens pointed out that his first apology sounded like he was  saying sorry for the factual inaccuracy in his tweet that he called Islam as being 2,000 years old when it is 1,400 years old.In his second apology posted on Twitter on June 12, Kochhar said: “I would like to apologize unreservedly to my Muslim friends, the Islamic community and everyone I have offended with my recent tweets. They were insensitive and wrong.”He further said, “I have let myself and my colleagues down. I am upset and sorry for the pain I have caused and asked for your forgiveness.”— Atul Kochhar (@atulkochhar) June 12, 2018In his first apology, he said there was “no justification” for his tweet which was a “major error made in the heat of the moment.”There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday. I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.— Atul Kochhar (@atulkochhar) June 11, 2018Social media users called for the boycott of Kochhar’s restaurants in the UAE and the United Kingdom while restaurant finder app Halal Gems said that it would drop any restaurant affiliated to Kochhar from its recommendations.Local media reports also say that Kochhar could be prosecuted for violating the UAE’s strict social media and anti-discrimination laws. Related ItemsAtul KochharDubaiQuanticolast_img read more