What Is the Freezing Point of Gasoline?

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Gasoline may freeze at temperatures between negative 40 degrees Fahrenheitand negative 58 F. The exact freezing temperature depends on the properties of the individual constituents in gasoline.

Multiple molecules make up gasoline and, as these get colder, they start to slow down. With enough cooling, hydrocarbon crystals may form. Several things affect freezing point, including the types of molecules. There is a high freezing point when there are relatively strong intermolecular forces between the molecules. The freezing point is low when there are relatively weak intermolecular forces between the molecules. Intermolecular forces are the repulsion or attraction that occur between two neighboring molecules, atoms or ions.