So yesterday I finally tried a trick that a roommate of mine told me about years ago. Every now and then the gas pump will just crawl. I’m talking when it takes about two minutes for each gallon to come out of the hose. I had that happen to me last night and I was expected at a friend’s house soon after, so I contemplated whether I should just put in $10, or even $5 for the night so I wouldn’t have to wait for an hour to finish pumping. Then I remembered something I’d heard from my old roommate Brian.
Stop the pump, lay the handle down on the ground for a bit, then pump again. Not really faithful in the new method, I didn’t keep it down too long, probably five seconds, then started pumping again. Bam! That sucker started pumping nice and fast. I filled right up and took off. Pretty awesome little trick. If I remember right, it has something to do with some type of bubble getting stuck in the hose somewhere. Lining it up like that gets rid of it I guess.
So next time you get that slow pump, try it out, it’s swell.