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I have been driving (legally) for over a decade. One would think I would have noticed the little secret on my dash that was staring me right in the face the whole time. I didn't and I bet you probably haven't either.

Quick question, what side of your car is your gas tank? If you are anything like me, you probably can't remember right away. My solution is to uncomfortably stick my head out the window, strain my neck and look. If you don't do this in your own car you definitely have done it in a borrowed or rental car.

Well ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to share with you my little secret so you will no longer look like Ace Ventura on your way to the gas station or put your neck at risk of uncomfort or injury.

If you look at your gas guage, you will see a small icon of a gas pump. The handle of the gas pump will extend out on either the left or right side of the pump. If your tank is on the left, the handle will be on the left. If your tank is on the right, the handle will be on the right (see photo above). It is that simple!

I don't know how you feel right now but when I found out this morning I felt cheated!

Why don't the dealers share such important information with car buyers? I don't understand why this isn't in the drivers manual? I don't get why any mechanic I have ever been too or know has even thought of mentioning this to me? The only possible explanation can be that all these people probably don't even know!

Go out and share the worlds best kept auto secret with your friends as this is information is way too important to be kept secret.


Another online source.
http://storymory2share.blogspot.com/2007/11/little-gas-pump-icon.html
 

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Well, I don't want to rain on your parade or make you feel any less ingenious, but that's usually one of the first things in the owner's manual of the car. You don't usually even have to read the manual, just look at the pictures..... You'll still pick this much up from it.... :dunno:
 

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And just FYI, those two photos indicate the fuel filler is on the left in both. Note the little triangle pointing to the left on the pic on the right..... That's the indicator on that guage.
 

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That's not entirely true. The picture on the right has an arrow pointing to the left...it's trying to tell you that your tank (or filler neck) is on the left.
 

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Rhino404 said:
D*mn...BB beat me to the punch...
They don't call me "Wyatt Earp of the Keyboard" for nothing, ya know.....:gunz:



Well, actually, that's true.... They don't call me "Wyatt Earp of the Keyboard".... And I've offered some bribes and everything.... :crying:
 

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I'll have to do some checking with other vehicles. It could be the pump hose on the RIGHT means that's the side you should pull in on (Right side of the island), if it's on the LEFT then the filler neck is on the right. Basically, the pumps should look like that little pic. I wouldn't have picked up on that, but I do pick up on the arrow/triangle that points to the side your filler is on.

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Yes. All are a bit different. Some have the pointer or triangle. Some have the nozzle out of the pump holster and pointing like in the one pic above (left pic). Volvo has a seated nozzle, but the side of the pump body that it's on tells you the fuel filler location. They are all a bit different, but they all have some indicator. Like I said, first couple pages of the manual has pics and tells you all the lights and indicators on your dashboard. The salesmen don't know their azzes from holes in the ground 9 out of 10 times, so you really need to find out about your car by reading about it.
 

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I have been driving (legally) for over a decade. One would think I would have noticed the little secret on my dash that was staring me right in the face the whole time. I didn't and I bet you probably haven't either.

Quick question, what side of your car is your gas tank? If you are anything like me, you probably can't remember right away. My solution is to uncomfortably stick my head out the window, strain my neck and look. If you don't do this in your own car you definitely have done it in a borrowed or rental car.

Well ladies and gentlemen, I'm going to share with you my little secret so you will no longer look like Ace Ventura on your way to the gas station or put your neck at risk of uncomfort or injury.

If you look at your gas guage, you will see a small icon of a gas pump. The handle of the gas pump will extend out on either the left or right side of the pump. If your tank is on the left, the handle will be on the left. If your tank is on the right, the handle will be on the right (see photo above). It is that simple!

I don't know how you feel right now but when I found out this morning I felt cheated!

Why don't the dealers share such important information with car buyers? I don't understand why this isn't in the drivers manual? I don't get why any mechanic I have ever been too or know has even thought of mentioning this to me? The only possible explanation can be that all these people probably don't even know!

Go out and share the worlds best kept auto secret with your friends as this is information is way too important to be kept secret.


Another online source.
http://storymory2share.blogspot.com/2007/11/little-gas-pump-icon.html

Old news! What decade have you been living in?! :)
 

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lol I thought everyone knew that?
 

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yeah even i knew that,but 5 minutes ago i didnt lol
 

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Putting all this indicator thing aside, How many people do you see down there in Virginia hanging their heads out ther window to see what side the gas is on? Isn't that something you get to know fairly quick after buying a new vehicle? I mean...is forgetting what side the gas fill is on some sort of medical condition down there or something? I don't get it....lol. Who the heII doesn't know, at LEAST after the first time or two, what side to pull up to the gas pump? :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh:
 

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HudsonValleyTitan said:
Putting all this indicator thing aside, How many people do you see down there in Virginia hanging their heads out ther window to see what side the gas is on? Isn't that something you get to know fairly quick after buying a new vehicle? I mean...is forgetting what side the gas fill is on some sort of medical condition down there or something? I don't get it....lol. Who the heII doesn't know, at LEAST after the first time or two, what side to pull up to the gas pump? :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh: :huh:

Me....sorry, but this short memory thing has got me all messed up. you can only imagine how i lost it:smoke: lol
 

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Don't feel bad. I've known about the gas gauge icon for years, but I didn't realize mayonnaise was a key ingredient of "ranch" dressing until I was in my 30s. Thirty some years I loved ranch dressing and despised mayo. Now I just despise them both as I chew on my bitter bed of lettuce, tomato, and cucumber.
 

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My first car had no such indicator, but obviously after you fill up the first time you know what side of the car the filler door is on.

The only reason this is good advice is for people who have to drive other people's vehicles often and don't know or don't remember which side.

Pretty dumb anyway
 

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Well I have 3 vehicles (unless someone wants to buy a landrover) and it never fails that when my girlfriend takes one she has to ask which side the fill nozzle is on, doesn't help that I occasionally lie just for my own amusement though.
 
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