Why do gas pumps shut off mid-fill?
April 25, 2005 11:15 AM Subscribe
When I gas up my car, I don't squeeze the lever on the pump handle, but, instead, I slide the lever into the little notch so that my tank will fill itself up while I squeegee the windows. When the tank is full, the pump shudders, the lever dislodges itself, and the filling ceases. However, probably half of the time, the filling ceases much, much too early. The result is that I can't tell when my tank is full, nor can I squeegee while my car fuels itself. What gives?
posted by waldo to Travel & Transportation (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My car is a 1994 Volvo, but I've had the same experience with other cars. I don't know if the problem is with the gas station's equipment or with the car -- that is, is my car triggering the nozzle's "hey the tank is full" mechanism falsely, or is the nozzle at fault? Can I twiddle my car's tank, or is it possible that I could find a gas pump that doesn't have this problem? It's really annoying -- particularly after I drive off to find that my tank is only 3/4 full.