Tainted premium gas stops sales at Houston Chevron stations

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HOUSTON – If your car’s been driving a little wonky lately, you might want to think about where you’ve been getting your gas.

After dozens of complaints, Chevron halted sales of its premium and mid-grade fuel at a number of Houston-area stations.

Testing found the fuel at some local Chevron stations not up to par. Excess “unwashed gum content” made valves stick, causing damage to some engines.

Kind of embarrassing in the city known as the energy capital of the world.

A spokesperson for the Texas Department of Agriculture says TDA will conduct random tests of the stations affected to make sure everything is A-ok.

A majority of stations have replaced the bad fuel, but if you find yourself at a pump where premium still isn’t available, save yourself a few bucks and buy the regular.

The Federal Trade Commission says there isn’t much of a difference for most cars, anyway.


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