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Old March 10th, 2014, 10:32   #1
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I might have to travel for work this weekend, and I've never had either of my TDIs out of the state of MN yet. This means unknowns with bio-diesel content, etc. I plan on carrying a grey bottle of the PowerService additive since the temps will be above 30 for the whole trip. The route I'll be taking will mostly be US highway as that is the most direct route to St. Louis, MO. I should only have to fill once or twice for the whole trip.

Since I'll be using PowerService, does it really matter where I'll fill up, as long as they sell diesel and are on the main route?
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Old March 10th, 2014, 10:41   #2
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You always find a DIESEL pump. Lots of Truck Stops. You should have no problem in keeping your Tank FULL. Have a safe trip and save.
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Only problem you might have is finding a pump with the right filler neck, if you have the fuel restrictor. Don't go to truck pumps. I've found that even on places like the Ohio Turnpike it can be difficult to find the smaller nozzles.
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Hey everyone,
I might have to travel for work this weekend, and I've never had either of my TDIs out of the state of MN yet. This means unknowns with bio-diesel content, etc. I plan on carrying a grey bottle of the PowerService additive since the temps will be above 30 for the whole trip. The route I'll be taking will mostly be US highway as that is the most direct route to St. Louis, MO. I should only have to fill once or twice for the whole trip.
Since I'll be using PowerService, does it really matter where I'll fill up, as long as they sell diesel and are on the main route?
No, it won't matter where you fill up, as long as it's ULSD and a compatible nozzle. Your car doesn't need the PowerService, but if it makes you feel better, it's your money.
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No, it won't matter where you fill up, as long as it's ULSD and a compatible nozzle. Your car doesn't need the PowerService, but if it makes you feel better, it's your money.
It's more for a lubricity additive than anything. I don't use additive here in MN because of the B5 mandate.
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Most Truck Stops have a pump with CAR Hose.
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Not that I've found in the US. In fact, many car pumps in Ohio/Michigan/NY/PA don't have the smaller nozzle. My usual station here in MA doesn't either.
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Not that I've found in the US. In fact, many car pumps in Ohio/Michigan/NY/PA don't have the smaller nozzle. My usual station here in MA doesn't either.
This is good stuff to figure out before the big road trip to Florida later this year.

Are there certain brand of truck stops that tend to have car pumps as well? Or is that hit or miss?
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Not that I've found in the US. In fact, many car pumps in Ohio/Michigan/NY/PA don't have the smaller nozzle. My usual station here in MA doesn't either.
I've fueled in IL/WI/MN/IN/MI/KY and never had an issue once with a truck nozzle. I need to get out of the Midwest.
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I've fueled in IL/WI/MN/IN/MI/KY and never had an issue once with a truck nozzle. I need to get out of the Midwest.
I haven't tried to put a truck nozzle in the JSW yet. It doesn't have the mis-fuel guard installed. Just the obnoxious warning label around the filler neck in case I forget it needs diesel.
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I tried once to use a high flow truck nozzle, actually twice (before the misfuel restrictor was installed). If you find one, It will make you laugh as it's big and will not fit (restrictor or not). Luckily these were dual diesel pumps, so I just picked up the other hose with the auto nozzle.
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I doubt that you'll have any issues in your travels finding the right pumps. Remember that you're going across farm land where a lot of the pickups are diesel and have to be filled somewhere. If in doubt, just ask the attendant. They should know which pumps have a car nozzle.

Best route recommendation is 35 south to US20 east. Pick up I380 outside of Waterloo. It will turn into Iowa 218 south of Iowa City. Once you cross the Missouri line, it turns into US 65 and runs right into St Louis. Some where near St Louis, you'll run through oil hammers area.
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If you stop at a truck stop, go to the CAR side of the truck stop. IF they have diesel on the CAR side, they should also have CAR SIZED fuel pump nozzles.

I have never had a problem finding car sized nozzles anywhere in the midwest and southwest USA.

MO,IA,KS,AR,NM,AZ,NV,OK,TX,ND,SD,WY,NE,CO,UT,IL,OH . And several other states I have surely overlooked.

Fill up when your car has half a tank left so that you have a 300 mile range left to 'find' the right station. I am sure you will find a good reason to stop earlier, I always do...

Have a great trip, things will be fine!!

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I doubt that you'll have any issues in your travels finding the right pumps. Remember that you're going across farm land where a lot of the pickups are diesel and have to be filled somewhere. If in doubt, just ask the attendant. They should know which pumps have a car nozzle.

Best route recommendation is 35 south to US20 east. Pick up I380 outside of Waterloo. It will turn into Iowa 218 south of Iowa City. Once you cross the Missouri line, it turns into US 65 and runs right into St Louis. Some where near St Louis, you'll run through oil hammers area.
My route is almost identical to that, except I usually pick up US 18 just outside of Mason City. It's 4 lane, 65 MPH highway all the way down to Waterloo and kinda goes in a diagonal line after Charles City towards Waterloo.
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My route is almost identical to that, except I usually pick up US 18 just outside of Mason City. It's 4 lane, 65 MPH highway all the way down to Waterloo and kinda goes in a diagonal line after Charles City towards Waterloo.
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I doubt that you'll have any issues in your travels finding the right pumps. Remember that you're going across farm land where a lot of the pickups are diesel and have to be filled somewhere. If in doubt, just ask the attendant. They should know which pumps have a car nozzle.

Best route recommendation is 35 south to US20 east. Pick up I380 outside of Waterloo. It will turn into Iowa 218 south of Iowa City. Once you cross the Missouri line, it turns into US 65 and runs right into St Louis. Some where near St Louis, you'll run through oil hammers area.
And now that I look at that route on Google, US 20 makes more sense, since you bypass that 30 MPH portion of Waterloo on 218 with the stop lights. Good call.
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