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Old October 11th, 2005, 19:14   #1
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Default Diesel pumps auto shut off at set price?

Has anyone run into places that shut the diesel pumps off at a set price? I had this first happen a couple of months ago. The pump shut off at $35. I had to reset the pump and put another 1.3 gallons in to top it off.

That first time, I thought maybe the attendant shut the pump off thinking they were saving me or something, so I went inside and asked him to turn the pump back on. He siad the diesel pumps shut off at $35 for some reason, and to just hang up the nozzle and reset it. This was before the hurricane mess btw.

It happened again last night at a Texaco, the pump shut off at $45, 2.5 gallons from full.
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Old October 11th, 2005, 19:25   #2
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Default Re: Diesel pumps auto shut off at set price?

The pumps on the car side at the Citgo by me shut off at $75.. On the truck side I believe it's $250
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Old October 11th, 2005, 19:42   #3
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at the moment, i wish the pump would shut off at $35 and my tank would be full! as it is, a full load is costing me in the $50 range. so, to answer your question (after whining a little), no, i have not run into an auto shutoff situation anywhere.
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Old October 12th, 2005, 15:01   #4
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The last station I filled at has pay-at-the-pump shut off at $50.
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Old October 12th, 2005, 15:19   #5
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Most pumps shutoff at $75 to $100. The local Wal Mart changed just recently to $125 for those of use with big tanks. They get a lot of pickup business.

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Old October 13th, 2005, 06:51   #6
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Default Diesel pumps auto shut off at set price?

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Has anyone run into places that shut the diesel pumps off at a set price? I had this first happen a couple of months ago. The pump shut off at $35. I had to reset the pump and put another 1.3 gallons in to top it off.

That first time, I thought maybe the attendant shut the pump off thinking they were saving me or something, so I went inside and asked him to turn the pump back on. He siad the diesel pumps shut off at $35 for some reason, and to just hang up the nozzle and reset it. This was before the hurricane mess btw.

It happened again last night at a Texaco, the pump shut off at $45, 2.5 gallons from full.
I've never heard of such a thing, at least not here in TAX HELL WISCONSIN..
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Old October 13th, 2005, 07:36   #7
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Default Diesel pumps auto shut off at set price?

Each station or chain set the cutoff limit for the pumps in their control for the pumps. With the price going up per gallon stations have had to increase the cutoff limit.

This cutoff limit is tied to the amount that is pre-aproved from your credit card when scaned at the pump. If someone only has $80.00 left to use on their credit card and the station has its cutoff set at $100.00, that person will not get to pump fuel with paying at the pump. People doing this is not uncommon with their credit cards. <font color="blue"> So stations try to not go to high on the cutoff limit.
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And FYI Bob is doing this at his stations, like most stations, in Wisconsin too.
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Old October 13th, 2005, 07:51   #8
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Default Re: Diesel pumps auto shut off at set price?

mctdi is exactly right.

However, I think some stations are a bit low these days. I filled my Sprinter from a large (high-flow) truck nozzle and it cut off at $50. These days, I can put just over $50 into my Golf. One of the old 300Ds I used to drive had an aluminum auxiliary fuel tank in the trunk. With a total capacity of about 45 gallons, I would hit the limit from time to time.
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