ORIGIN – In the 19th century, the gasoline portion of the refining process, was first considered to be a ‘waste’ product of extracting the purified crude oil. Later on, it was discovered that it could be $old as fuel, instead of just dumping it back in the hole as had been the tradition.

If there’s a market, there’ll be a supplier. The average American consumer believed what they wanted to, that the price of fuel would always be low. Compared to the rest of the world, we’ve been paying pennies per gallon when others have been paying dollars. We’re catching up to reality and the rest of the world. American auto manufacturers are experiencing hard times, hard times that have been brought on by short-term thinking and lack of foresight. The rest of the world has been driving small, economy cars for a long time and it’s going to take the American auto manufacturer, and the average American consumer, a long to catch up. Let me state again, that if there’s a market, there’ll be a supplier.

CONSUMPTION RATE – The gasoline consumption rate for every mass-produced car has been carefully ‘designed in’ as a market asset. As an indication, simply observe how quickly and closely ALL the local different gas stations adjust their prices. Even the hybrid cars which use electric motors still consume a designed amount of gasoline, and their price tags are prohibitively high.

Does the idle go up and down? If the idle of the engine goes up and down, that can indicate a vacuum line leaking or an engine sensor that needs replacing. Usually not too expensive.

The first thing to do is to lift the car using a jack. Set the stands on all the corners of the car. Make sure that you set the car high so you can work comfortably and use the reciprocating saw. You have to wear protective glasses as well as ear plugs to protect your eyes and ears.

Check the tail pipe. With the engine running, go to the tail pipe and stand there and smell it. Yes I did say that. If it burns in your eyes and throat, it has a vacuum leak in the motor, often a simple fix but time consuming trying to find it. It will not pass smog with this problem. If the exhaust smells of gasoline and the tail pipe looks black, the engine is running too rich and will need an adjustment. It may or may not pass smog. Likely you will need to replace the spark plugs as well. If it smells like any other car with a catalytic converter recyclers, it is probably fine.

The hot water heater will almost always contain copper. This is considerably more valuable than the shell, for instance, so take the time to remove valves, tubes and wires that might be made out of copper.

Consider your vehicle an investment. You’ll need to replace parts as they fail. The key is to stay on top of regular maintenance items (i.e. check fluid levels, change the oil, replace filters, etc.) and have problems fixed quickly. By doing so, you’ll prevent small problems from turning into large repair bills.