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Rum_Pirate
12-18-2017, 01:47 PM
About a year ago (slow on the observation uptake) I noted that the fuel gauge has a little 'gasoline pump' icon with a small triangle on the side.
This small triangle indicates which side of the car the filler position is located.

So now you know!
http://www.aa1car.com/library/fuel_gauge_analog.jpghttp://www.ybw.com/forums/images/smilies/cool.png


I'm sure that there won't be anyone here admitting to not knowing that little bit of info. http://www.ybw.com/forums/images/smilies/wink.png




Read more at http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?492027-Car-topic-fuel-filler-position#vhVjw4Z8jDxceMqw.99

birlinn
12-18-2017, 01:51 PM
My Triumph Spitfire does not have that feature.
However the filler is on the car's centreline.....

Paul Pless
12-18-2017, 01:57 PM
slow on the observation uptakein typical red fashion

Jimmy W
12-18-2017, 01:59 PM
A while back, I saw a woman at a service station walking around a Jeep looking for the fuel filler. I didn't know where it was either, but suggested looking under the licence plate. It was there.

Hwyl
12-18-2017, 02:04 PM
Lucky you don't have a Fortwo Pulse. (Smart Car)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5187973/Moment-car-explodes-fire-mother-trapped-inside.html

ron ll
12-18-2017, 02:12 PM
And did you know that most filler caps are located on the opposite side as the exhaust pipe?

amish rob
12-18-2017, 02:15 PM
My motorbike does not have a gas gauge. Which is only ONE of the reasons it is the worst motorbike ever made.

Peace,
Robert

mmd
12-18-2017, 02:16 PM
I saw a pump jockey circle a '57 Chev for about five minutes looking for the fuel fill.

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/UMLNl0dwdCc/maxresdefault.jpg

scottmacc
12-18-2017, 04:13 PM
I never knew this until by daughter took driver's education....duh.
So why aren't they all on the same side? Seems like it would make navigating service stations much easier.

Whameller
12-18-2017, 04:14 PM
One of these:

7449

had one of these:

7450

under each front seat, with a manual fuel tap to switch between tanks. B****y fuel gauges never worked anyway and certainly didn't have diddy little triangles to tell you that the filler cap was under your backside !

Nicholas Scheuer
12-18-2017, 04:16 PM
That's always my puzzlement when driving a rental car.

Bob Adams
12-18-2017, 04:27 PM
I can't believe nobody mentioned the Queen Family Truckster!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxTQT9LmzTY

ron ll
12-18-2017, 04:32 PM
So why aren't they all on the same side? Seems like it would make navigating service stations much easier.

Because for space reasons, they usually need to be opposite the exhaust system.

Dan McCosh
12-18-2017, 04:35 PM
Jaguar used to have one on each side, which allowed you to overfill one tank and leave the other empty.

Canoez
12-18-2017, 04:36 PM
And did you know that most filler caps are located on the opposite side as the exhaust pipe?

But with dual exhaust...?

Dan McCosh
12-18-2017, 04:37 PM
Then there is that nose-to-nose thing when Toyotas and GMs meet at the pump.

AlanMc
12-18-2017, 04:41 PM
Lucky you don't have a Fortwo Pulse. (Smart Car)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5187973/Moment-car-explodes-fire-mother-trapped-inside.html


it was well before that car existed, but one time(20 years ago) i was in a gas station buying beer and there was a loud BOOM.... everyone starts running. we get out to the car, the place where the pump used to be was on fire and the pump itself was 30 yards away in the middle of a 4 lane highway. another time i pulled up to a gas station and when i get out i can hear liquid hitting concrete. i look over at this 90 yr old lady and she's wide open with the gas nozzle and her tank was full. gas was blowing back out of the tank ALL OVER HER and gas was running down the street. she had no clue even though she was soaked with gas from the waist down. i stopped her and got her away from the scene and had the gas station call an ambulance(pre-cell phones).

Ian McColgin
12-18-2017, 04:43 PM
I think this started a little after 2000, originally as the picture of the gas pump and the side the hose was told you where the fill was. After about five years the arrow next to the pump picture came into use. Until 2013 I didn't have a new car myself but I learned of the feature from a rental car not long after it came in, maybe 2005 or so.

I love the bad old days when the fill was in any number of odd places - under the rear tag being my personal favorite.

Jim Bow
12-18-2017, 04:56 PM
58 Cad: Flip up the left taillight.

Phil Y
12-18-2017, 05:51 PM
Finding the filler is one thing. Finding how to open it is the real challenge.

The Bigfella
12-18-2017, 07:21 PM
We had this bit of information being discussed on the radio here a few years back. I've since driven a car - can't remember what now - belonging to someone else where it wasn't correct.

BrianW
12-18-2017, 07:30 PM
Finding the filler is one thing. Finding how to open it is the real challenge.

I’ve had that issue a couple times with rental cars. Pull up to the pump (correct side) then get out and try to open the filler door, filler door doesn’t open, open drivers door look for filler door button/latch on floor next to driver seat, not there, look on lower dash near door, still not there. Finally bend way down and find it under the steering column not even visible from any normal position.

Bad choice for a rental vehicle. Unless they want people to return them unfueled so they can charge them the outrageous fee for refueling.

George Jung
12-18-2017, 07:37 PM
Didn’t know about the arrow- have to look. Took my daughters car to fill it- couldn’t figure how to access it. Had to read the manual. Mercedes.

Bobcat
12-18-2017, 07:42 PM
I have had to read the manual on a rental car.

Rich Jones
12-18-2017, 07:51 PM
I've known about that little arrow for years. My Wrangler gas fill was on the driver's side and my wife's Volvo was on the other. At least now, with my Jeep Cherokee, it's on the passenger side, same as the Volvo.
My pet peeve is this: Why put the gas fill on the passenger side? I like it on the driver's side so I don't have to walk around the car.

BrianW
12-18-2017, 08:01 PM
I have had to read the manual on a rental car.

Yep! Or search Google when there’s no manual. :)

Jim Bow
12-18-2017, 08:49 PM
Here's a jalopnik write up.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/jalopnik.com/why-some-cars-have-gas-tank-fillers-on-the-left-or-the-1792790492/amp

Breakaway
12-18-2017, 09:08 PM
I've known that for a while, Rummy. But I DID NOT know it until at about 42 years of age ( I'm 54 now), a rental car clerk pointed it out to me.


And did you know that most filler caps are located on the opposite side as the exhaust pipe?

That I did not know. Thanks


Jaguar used to have one on each side, which allowed you to overfill one tank and leave the other empty.

My boat's tank, and the tanks of other boats, has dual fuel fills. You don't have to drag the hose across the boat, regardless of which side you come to the dock. More convenient, though, is that opening that second fill creates a great vent, and allows you to fill up an empty tank at full bore with little chance of the nozzle shutting down. With a big tank, that's a big deal.

Kevin

ahp
12-18-2017, 09:09 PM
One thing that made me REALLY upset was to arrive at a strange airport after dark, rent a strange car, and then try to find where things were, like headlights, radio, windshield wipers, and door handles. The list goes on.

Auto designers, I hate 'em.

Garret
12-18-2017, 09:23 PM
Early BMW (aka "modern") Minis have the hood latch lever on the US passenger side (British driver's side). That took me a bit to figure out. The Japanese method of a cable pull for the cap cover on the driver's floor is just wonderful - so it gets snow, slush & salt into it & rusts out in 2 years.

With rental cars I always spend 5+ min. before pulling out going over where everything is, getting seat, wheel, mirrors adjusted & most importantly, getting the radio tuned to a tolerable station.

Nothing to do with rentals or gas caps - but one thing I get grief for is that I always carry a table knife in the car for unfreezing the driver's window from the rubber strip at the bottom - so it'll roll down in case of emergency.