Good question - How do they refine oil to make gasoline?

by | May 21, 2009 11:00 AM ET

The crude oil that comes out of the ground takes a lot of refining to create the gasoline that we use in our cars. How do they refine oil to make gasoline? Here is a simple explanation of the process:

This video goes into more detail:

See also this simplified explanation of fractional distillation:

Bonus - how do oil pumps work?

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