Inspectors Making Sure You Get What You Pay For at the Gas Pump

By Max Resnik
By Maureen Mespell

February 29, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 3:03 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Pain at the pump is a phrase your hear a lot from Indiana’s NewsCenter when we have to tell you that gas prices are going up.

There is another side of the gas station industry.

It's typically not something we think of when headed to the pump, but each one of these pumps is carefully checked every year to make sure you're not getting ripped off and gas station owners aren't losing money.

The city crew that works on this is the weights and measures department and they check every scale that can produce a profit... that's everything from groceries to gas stations.

They check all 125 gas stations in the city every pump, every grade.

It starts by pumping 5 gallons of gas into a special truck that measures cubic inches of gasoline per gallon.

There are 231 cubic inches in every gallon.

If it's six cubic inches over or under, the pump is good to go. A cubic inch is equivalent to a teaspoon of gas.

Michael Vore with Weights and Measures says, “It'll tell you whether the consumer's getting the correct amount, if the business owner is giving away too much or if the consumer is not getting enough. So it helps everybody.”

If a pump has been checked, a green sticker will be somewhere on the pump.

Only the city department can check and change the weights and measures.

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