I made the dastardly mastake of filling my truck with the engine running. No I
blow up the world. Yes it probably wasn't the smartest thing to do; however I
through it and did no harm to others.
Now my fuel gauge flips back and forth from full to empty with a slow return to
repeats every so often.
Any Ideas on a fix?
I humble myself to all the flames about how unsafe an action this was.
I'd just take for a drive... burn up some fuel and see what happens.
The rules about smoking and turning off engines before refueling came about
because in the 60's it was always common to fill while running especially in
the winter time. Often the guy pumping the gas (no self serve then) was
having a smoke at the same time. The driver and passengers would often join
the pumper and they would also be smoking. I think everyone smoked back
I suppose a few of them blew up so they changed the rules. Any way you got
away with it and like I say there have been many billion fill ups with the
engine running. Maybe a lot of big booms too.
I can attest to the fact that there have been some "big booms" that come
from smoking while pumping gas. On a hot, bright day you can easily see the
gasoline vapor shadows coming out of the nozzle, especially if you don't
have the type of pumps that draw back in vapors for reclamation. However,
it's typically not the "smoking" or even the "lighting up" part that causes
fires. Gasoline vapors are heavier than air - the mistake that causes so
many problems is the "taking the last drag and throwing the still-lit butt
on the ground" part. After that, there's nothing left but the screaming in
pain during the debriding in the burn ICU that no amount of pain killers
Cheers - Jonathan
I've filled my car up numerous times with the engine running...... of
I don't smoke. Filling your car up with the engine running would have
absolutely no connection to whatever your fuel guage is doing. People
did it for years. It's not allowed anymore, the fuel attendents will simply
not turn the pumps on if they see that the car is still running (this is
in cold weather, when people would "like" to leave the car running, and
it's fairly easy to see if a car is running).
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