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Don't fill your vehicle with fuel


WhiteTruckMan
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Might be a bit late, but with the hot weather we are having, I thought I would tell people not to fill their cars to the brim with fuel. This warning is prompted by last nights site of a night trunker coming in to work, checking the fuel cap on his tractor and getting showered in diesel. The last time he finished, he filled up for the next driver (as is normal), parked up and went home. By an odd set of circumstances, his vehicle wasnt used yesterday, so his fuel tank was in the hot sun all day, heating up and pressurising the tank as the fuel expands. And 600 litres produces a lot of expansion. such that when he checked his cap it came showering out. On him.

The obvious lesson here is that if you do this with your car, then although you probably wont get showered, cars have plastic tanks and fillers, so the chances of a rupture are that much greater. And in this heat thats a lot of dangerous fumes for the unwary. (diesel is safer as I think its flashpoint, the temperature at which it starts to give off flammable vapours, is around 60 degrees, from memory). Plus fuel is too expensive to waste.

So if you simply have to top it off, please do it just at the start of a long journey.

WTM

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WhiteTruckMan

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bremner

Ever hear of murphy's law?

WTM

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spider9

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WTM "..murphy's law"

If we all lived our lives in fear of 'Murphy' then we would never go out of the house - no, wait a minute, even there, the roof might fall in, or the cooker could explode......

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spuds

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It would appear that this is another one of those threads that someone is trying to offer some pointers or possible advice, and being ridiculed for doing so?.

In an earlier post, I mentioned that the fire service tend to mount a car onto a steeper angle, so that the fuel cap is at an higher point, if there is any form of leakage from a fuel tank, and especially from the fuel cap area. I suppose this is a practice that they have learned from previous experiences?.

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spider9

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spuds

Nobody is ridiculing anyone, some of us are just saying that it's not really an issue for your normal car driver, and if it had been then there would surely have been loads of publicity about it over previous years if such events had happened.

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bremner

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I am certainly not ridiculing what could be good advice for some - just making the point that the issue is not really one that affects modern cars.

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