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kimchiyuk
Jan 10th, 2010, 06:21 PM
Do you hate those scratches you get around your fuel door due to your fuel cap hanging. Most auto part stores carry permanent fuel caps. They have a hole in them for the nozzle, but you do not remove it. The ones I have are made by Stant. These are especially useful in states where you can't pump your own fuel and the attendants could care less that you spend hours every week detailing your ride!!!

Clutch34
Jan 10th, 2010, 06:28 PM
Doesn't the fuel cap door have a sort of slot for you to place the fuel cap on so that it doesn't hang and hit the car? Mine does...

I'll take a pic tomorrow if it sounds confusing. But then again, I'm not sure if all cars have the little slot on the fuel cap door...

kimchiyuk
Jan 10th, 2010, 06:34 PM
Doesn't the fuel cap door have a sort of slot for you to place the fuel cap on so that it doesn't hang and hit the car? Mine does...

I'll take a pic tomorrow if it sounds confusing. But then again, I'm not sure if all cars have the little slot on the fuel cap door...
I know what you are talking about. No, believe it or not many manufacturers don't do that.

Clutch34
Jan 10th, 2010, 06:47 PM
Ah gotcha, that's news to me! Well if that's the case, this new permanent fuel cap sounds helpful!

tcope1
Jan 10th, 2010, 06:48 PM
I put the cap back on when I'm done pumping. Your saying in those few states where attendants need to pump, they don't? I'd think you'd see the cap hanging off the car if they did not.

Some states have required emissions tests. In my experience it's required that an OEM cap is installed to prevent venting. I'm not sure those mentioned would pass.

(Though, who knows as it's not clear on what is being written of)

sdprius858
Jan 10th, 2010, 06:48 PM
My 07 Eclipse Spyder doesn't have any space for it, I just put a microfiber towel against the place where it will hit.

kimchiyuk
Jan 10th, 2010, 07:05 PM
I put the cap back on when I'm done pumping. Your saying in those few states where attendants need to pump, they don't? I'd think you'd see the cap hanging off the car if they did not.

Some states have required emissions tests. In my experience it's required that an OEM cap is installed to prevent venting. I'm not sure those mentioned would pass.

(Though, who knows as it's not clear on what is being written of)The caps I'm talking about have a spring loaded door, the size of a fuel nozzle to prevent emissions. Also, I'm not saying to use one so you don't forget to put yours back on, although if you do forget, this would prevent that. I was suggesting this type of fuel cap for those people who just have a regular cap on a tether. When you remove the cap and it hangs on the paint, over time this can cause some pretty nasty scratches and marring where it rubs the paint. I was simply suggesting a non removable fuel cap for those who have this issue and/or wish to prevent it.

ColonelCash
Jan 10th, 2010, 07:07 PM
Why is it against the law for some people to pump their own gas?

kimchiyuk
Jan 10th, 2010, 07:19 PM
Why is it against the law for some people to pump their own gas?
I don't know how many states do this. I live close to New Jersey(where gas is MUCH cheaper) and you cannot pump your own fuel. I don't know why it is.

the other pc
Jan 10th, 2010, 07:29 PM
[crotchety old guy rant] When I was young we didn't have yer new-fangled gas caps on a rope. We just set the cap on top of the gas pump and then drove away and left it there. Then we stuffed a rag in the tank and it caught fire and burned the car and us to the ground. And we liked it! [/crotchety old guy rant] :soapbox

Of the four cars at our house,

oldest one - "race style" flip up filler cap on top of rear deck, no need for cap holder thingy.

next oldest - No cap holder thingy, no cap leash. I usually put the cap on the metal piece of the pump where the filler nozzle rests. That way I can't put the nozzle back without picking up the cap. On a lot of new pumps the cap doesn't sit there easily so I just hold it my hand while pumping.

next car - Yes, there's a cap holder thingy. No cap leash, aftermarket key-lock cap. Piece of cake, put cap in holder thingy. Local smog check always checks gas tank seal, but they do it with their cap (which has a sensor tube hanging off of it). So it only checks the tank and neck, not the cap. The cap could be a screen door for all they know. (They will fail it if you have a rag instead of a cap.)

newest car - Yes, there's a cap holder thingy, and a cap leash.


pc.

Markus Kleis
Jan 10th, 2010, 07:44 PM
...or you could just buy a new Ford... they all feature "Easy Fuel" capless fuel filler systems. It suctions itself shut, removing the need for any cap at all. Also reduces emissions.

;)

kimchiyuk
Jan 10th, 2010, 08:09 PM
...or you could just buy a new Ford... they all feature "Easy Fuel" capless fuel filler systems. It suctions itself shut, removing the need for any cap at all. Also reduces emissions.

;)
Only a few models. I just bought an 2010 model, obviously I had to go aftermarket. I mean really, what can you expect for $30K anymore?:D But yes, easy fuel capless filler are exactly what I've been trying to describe.

sdprius858
Jan 10th, 2010, 10:05 PM
...or you could just buy a new Ford... they all feature "Easy Fuel" capless fuel filler systems. It suctions itself shut, removing the need for any cap at all. Also reduces emissions.

;)


I'll keep that in mind when I go look for a new Taurus SHO or my dream Focus RS:paypal1

J. A. Michaels
Jan 11th, 2010, 03:23 AM
Both of our cars have a slot for the fuel cap.

tcope1
Jan 11th, 2010, 05:18 AM
Why is it against the law for some people to pump their own gas?It keeps people employed in gas stations.

Kornercarver
Jan 11th, 2010, 05:48 AM
You could also get one of these flip out protectors for your gas cap...

http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/car+accessories/exterior+accessories/fuelguard.do

Keebler
Jan 11th, 2010, 10:03 AM
Only a few models. I just bought an 2010 model, obviously I had to go aftermarket. I mean really, what can you expect for $30K anymore?:D But yes, easy fuel capless filler are exactly what I've been trying to describe.

Curious, what 2010 model does not come with Ford's Easy Fuel capless system?

kimchiyuk
Jan 12th, 2010, 03:41 PM
Curious, what 2010 model does not come with Ford's Easy Fuel capless system?
I just bought a 2010 Ranger, has a regular cap. I'd have to look off hand for a complete list. I'm a tech at a Ford dealership. I have noticed a few models that don't have it, never kept a mental note though!

Markus Kleis
Jan 12th, 2010, 04:23 PM
I just bought a 2010 Ranger, has a regular cap. I'd have to look off hand for a complete list. I'm a tech at a Ford dealership. I have noticed a few models that don't have it, never kept a mental note though!

Now that I think about it, I think it is standard on all fresh 2010 models and will become standard on all models by 2011.

Either way, I can say it is a very handy feature. My 2009 Euro-spec Ford Fiesta has it, and I really like it. Not as much as the fully hands-free entry and push button start, though :D

kgzride
May 17th, 2010, 07:07 PM
That no-cap deal you mention can't be illegal, because my new GT500 came with it from Ford, stock. It has two little nibs, one on each side of the hole, that release the flap covering the filler tube when you push the gas nozzle into it, then the spring loaded flap comes back up and locks in place after you remove the nozzle again. I love it, even though I feel like such a dork, always reaching in to take the gas cap off when I put gas in the car!

ClearlyCoated
May 17th, 2010, 07:20 PM
[crotchety old guy rant] When I was young we didn't have yer new-fangled gas caps on a rope. We just set the cap on top of the gas pump and then drove away and left it there. Then we stuffed a rag in the tank and it caught fire and burned the car and us to the ground. And we liked it! [/crotchety old guy rant] :soapbox

Heyyyy..... :scratchhead1

I remember you! :furious1

Barry N
May 25th, 2010, 01:12 PM
When I finish pumping gas I put a paper towel from the squeegee area under the nozzle as I take it out of the filler pipe. No gas drips on my nicely waxed car