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The Story of my life, between the stock market, house, & car lately!

My lady went out to start the car today to run errands, and she called me on the cell phone from the driveway, Hard Cranking! It did start, running rough, and I told her to shut it right off. Never had any issues before? I went down to take a look, and being a boater, I suddenly realized it might be hydrolock! She bought gas recently at an odd "Turkey Hill" (like 7-11) gas station, and the Sori was running like crap for a coupla days, plus the gas mileage was horrible since!

I immediately put a can of Chevron Techron in it that I had handy, (3/4 full tank) then had her start it back up, and it started, & ran much better.

I'm guessing that there was some water in the gas!
I'm a bit concerned now, I sure hope it didn't do any damage?
I surely don't need any trouble down the road in the future. The worst part is she has no receipt for the gas, who knew though? Only 12k miles on the car.


Some previous Hyundai/Kia vehicles: 2002 Santa Fe LX V6 AWD, 2005 Tucson LX V6 AWD, 2010 Tucson GLS 2.4L AWD, 2011 Sportage EX 2.4L AWD, 2015 Sorento Ex V6 AWD
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Even without a receipt, you should contact the station. If they had water in their tank then you would not have been the only customer who experienced the problem so they will be aware of it and would be more likely to take your word for it. On the other hand, if they haven't had any other customer complaints then they will probably assume it wasn't their problem. Now some small independents won't care either way because it's expensive to pump out their tanks to remove water (plus they would have to change all of their filters) but most chain stores will step up to keep your business - even if it's just a free fill-up or something. If it is a chain, you're probably better off talking to their district supervisor or head office rather than the clerks in the store.
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I am not a user of face book or other local net works but the word soon seems to travel on them.
Others may come forward who have had similar problems.

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i find shell/esso the best for gas in kia/hyundai or any top tier gas around..


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I usually use BP, or Gulf reg. But the Sorrento runs better on BP, the Best on mid grade BP (Plus, or Super) It comes alive with the Best gas mileage as well. But, either one is 15miles away! Shell I don't care for, any car I've ever had never ran right on it (just sluggish). Esso? are they still in business? Sunoco used to be good, neither of these nearby me.

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here in canada shell/esso same.. i use 87, when full my range says 630-632 km; on highway ride, i get 602-605km last mark prior to empty.. or 480-510 in city
it doesn't run any better with 89/91 our compression rating is for regular.. also i do petro canada if no shell/esso..
i am pretty spot on on their avg mileage now 8.8 L/100kmkm highway 12.2 L/100km city but of course some factors affect, we are at 3,000-3,400 ft elevation
also lowered the sorento a bit (due to winds) replaced 2nd muffler with less restrictive one..


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here in canada shell/esso same.. i use 87, when full my range says 630-632 km; on highway ride, i get 602-605km last mark prior to empty.. or 480-510 in city
it doesn't run any better with 89/91 our compression rating is for regular.. also i do petro canada if no shell/esso..
i am pretty spot on on their avg mileage now 8.8 L/100kmkm highway 12.2 L/100km city but of course some factors affect, we are at 3,000-3,400 ft elevation
also lowered the sorento a bit (due to winds) replaced 2nd muffler with less restrictive one..
Some vehicles automatically advance the spark timing with higher octane gas. I read on here that the Sorento is one that does! But, I don't remember where the post was? Either way, I wouldn't bother to even Put it Out there if it wasn't true in my case! With BP anyway, 87 Oct.-good, 89 Oct. -better (what I use), 91 Oct -a bit better, but not worth the extra cost.

So kobi, what muffler did you use, looking to put one on mine, but don't want any boom, boom, nor Roar! Just a nice mellow crackle I'm thinking maybe a Cherry Bomb Turbo, Or a Flowmaster Delta 40?

How about putting up a sound clip? I think others would appreciate it also

Some previous Hyundai/Kia vehicles: 2002 Santa Fe LX V6 AWD, 2005 Tucson LX V6 AWD, 2010 Tucson GLS 2.4L AWD, 2011 Sportage EX 2.4L AWD, 2015 Sorento Ex V6 AWD
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dynomax super turbo, still more in my channel .. it's quiet in idle opens up really good after 2,000 rpm.. no drone
but then our oem for 2010-2013 mufflers was 4x as big

Super Turbo? Mufflers - DynoMax® Performance Exhaust


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Thanks Kobi411,

It sounds Good, Strong, & Clear, But I just realized, I prefer it with the muffler up front, ahead of the tailpipe, less roar, more of a subtle "tuned" crackle type of sound. It also might create more torque that way, but I don't know for sure, but think so? If, & when I get to do it, I'll post it up here to compare.

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Some vehicles automatically advance the spark timing with higher octane gas. I read on here that the Sorento is one that does! But, I don't remember where the post was? Either way, I wouldn't bother to even Put it Out there if it wasn't true in my case! With BP anyway, 87 Oct.-good, 89 Oct. -better (what I use), 91 Oct -a bit better, but not worth the extra cost.
I seem to recall that they don't advance, rather, they have knock sensor capability and retard the timing as needed. So if your gas causes knocking, it will retard it. Higher octane will have less knocking, and therefore less likely to be retarded. However, good quality lower octane should also not have knocking, and therefore also not need retardation.

If you've lived with simpler engines and experienced knocking, you'll know that it is throttle dependant as well. So the idea of all of this being automated is certainly great, but I don't think they designed it to take advantage of higher octane for better performance. That requires higher compression ratios.
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