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Ridelust Tip: What Side is Your Gas Cap On?

Posted in Best of, Car Care, Car Tech, News, Safety, trends by MrAngry | March 30th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

Fuel Gauge Tip

If you’re anything like me then you’ll jump at the chance to drive anything that’s different from your daily driver. I could care less if it’s a twenty year old Toyota Tercel or a brand new Lamborghini, if you offer me the keys, it’s very doubtful I’ll say no. Because of this mindset I’ve manage to finagle myself behind the wheel of some pretty trick hardware over the years which in turn, has helped me build up my knowledge of cars. There is however one tidbit of information that, regardless of the car, I just can never seem to remember: what side of the car is the fuel tank on? I know it seems insignificant, but in reality it’s not. I hate, and I mean really hate pulling up to a crowded gas station only to find that I’ve pulled up on the wrong side of the pump. So here’s a quick little tip that’s applicable to most late model cars.

On your fuel gauge there is a little arrow that tips you off as to what side your fuel cap is on. I never noticed this until today, but low and behold there it was! So, the next time you rent, borrow or steal a car and need fuel, simply look down at your fuel gauge for a little hint. Seriously… who knew?

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7 Responses

  1. Andy says:

    I have told this to SO MANY people and they appreciate it to no end… this is a great ‘little hint’ every car guy should know. Where did I learn it? From my wife. She gloated about that for a week solid!

  2. SNAK3 says:

    I figured this out a long time ago, but never think about it when I need to use it lmao

  3. inthebuff says:

    I knew that…it’s like the fedex sign (didja know that the e and the x form an arrow?). At one time I didn’t know it and now I see only that.

  4. Matt says:

    I don’t mean to throw stones but…you’ve been driving for how long and you’ve never noticed that until now??? At least your name is “MrAngry” and not “MrObservant” ;)

    I agree it’s a fantastic little hint…except for the few cars that don’t have it. I don’t remember what they were — like you, I’ll rarely pass up an opportunity to drive something else — but I do recall driving at least one vehicle that didn’t have any indicator on the dash for which side the fuel door was on. At that moment I hated their interior engineers.

  5. ptschett says:

    I don’t think it’s always true, but often the filler is on the opposite side of the car from the exhaust system. I know it’s pretty normal for body-on-frame trucks and SUVs where the fuel tank tends to live inside the left frame rail, and the exhaust usually runs along the right rail and exits behind the right rear tire.

  6. Will says:

    I’ve known about this for a while now. I’m in many brand new cars at my work and have found its not always reliable.

  7. PFULMTL says:

    I actually known about this for a long time, but I never really drive other peoples cars. I’m pretty observant and I remember what side the gas door is on.