Over the Memorial Day weekend, I ran across an AP article — buried in page six of the AJC business section — about 500 stations that had shut down across the South due to gasoline that contained high levels of sulfur. I’ve covered this before with the same problem in Loiusville, but it seems the problem just kept getting worse. Stations are opening back up now, but the damage may have already been done:
About 400 Shell and Texaco stations are open again across Florida after getting fresh fuel supplies.
The stations or some of their pumps were shut down heading into the Memorial Day weekend when the fuel turned up with high sulfur levels. The gas can break fuel gauges and make empty gas tanks read full.
I don’t think this is restricted to Florida since I’ve posted on this same item in Louisville, so for anyone who thinks their gas gauge is suddenly wrong (or you run out of gas and it says full), :
The Shell Oil Co. has added additional ways for customers to contact the company if they suspect their car?Ã„Ã´s fuel gauge has been damaged by substandard gasoline distributed last week.
Florida customers may still dial 1 (866) 562-6690, but that line has been difficult to reach due to the amount of calls being made, spokesman Johan Zaayman said.
Customers may also dial 1-(888) 502-7323 or log on to: http://www.interactclaims.com/shell.
High sulfur levels force some 400 S. Florida gas stations to suspend sales [AP]
Shell, Texaco Stations Reopen With Low-Sulfur Fuel [WKMG]
Something in Gas Fouling Fuel Sensors [Hammer of Truth]