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Old 10-14-2009, 06:47 PM   #1
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Gas Pump cautions

I’m going to post this as a caution for “we” gassers when we fill at a service station. Let me add this came from a son who works as the office manager at a local lawyer office.

Seems the new thing by smart A_ _ kids is to latch the fill trigger on the gas nozzle to the open position. So if you use a credit card and punch the octane button, it’ll immediately start spewing gas. Son story-----lawyers wife started to fill her tank, pulled nozzle out, inserted credit card (I didn’t know it could be done this way) and got soaked down with gas. This took place some where around Knoxville, TN. She was probably there for the TN Vols game with GA. Could happen any where me think.

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Old 10-14-2009, 07:24 PM   #2
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I’m going to post this as a caution for “we” gassers when we fill at a service station. Let me add this came from a son who works as the office manager at a local lawyer office.

Seems the new thing by smart A_ _ kids is to latch the fill trigger on the gas nozzle to the open position. So if you use a credit card and punch the octane button, it’ll immediately start spewing gas. Son story-----lawyers wife started to fill her tank, pulled nozzle out, inserted credit card (I didn’t know it could be done this way) and got soaked down with gas. This took place some where around Knoxville, TN. She was probably there for the TN Vols game with GA. Could happen any where me think.

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Hmmmm, lawyers wife, sounds like someone is in for a lawsuit. Just kidding, the same thing happened a few years ago to me when I was fueling my Ford diesel pickup. Didn't get any on myself, but sure washed the side of the truck with diesel.

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Old 10-14-2009, 10:04 PM   #3
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Well.... As it turns out there are two types of gas pump nozzles, Called, strangly enough, Type A and type B.

Now on one of those, you can indeed latch the valve open in the manner you cite.. These are ILLEGAL FOR USE ON SELF SERVE PUMPS in most states.. (I can not speak for all but every state where I've checked prophbits these unless the latching sytem is disabled)

The other type, Will release when the pump shuts off...

Here is how to tell the difference

Buy like10 or 20 dollars worth of gas (So the pump shuts off before the tank is full) and stand there... If, shortly after the pump shuts off, you feel the handle "Release" than that valve is legal for a hold-open device on a self serve pump.

If the pressure never changes, and the valve has a working latch, report it to the local fire marshalls,, They will padlock the pump.

WHY.... Well... Re-read the original post.. That's why.
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Perhaps that is why modern fuel pumps have a button or lever that must be operated before fuel flows to the nozzle. Most every gas pump requires one to select the grade before any fuel may be pumped.
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Old 10-15-2009, 09:54 PM   #5
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Guys, I have no reason to disbelieve what was passed on to me, but let me say this. I personally have not had any reason to test this out but I just might the next time I fuel up. There are two types of latch's used locally. One where there's a hook at the rear of the handle that will hook the end of the feed lever to the up position. The other type is a small trigger under the feed lever to hold it in the up position. Now I'm aware in both types that each will trip the feed valve closed by air pressure in the fuel tube to prevent fuel flash back when the tank becomes full. What I don't know is this. Once the nossel is placed back in it's cradle and in either type, relocks the feed handle in the open position does the internal valve remain shut or is it returned to the open position. I would guess that it should remained closed making it necessary to recycle the feed handle to get it open. How ever, if the tank is fairly empty, capable of holding 18 gals but only 10 gals is feed into the tank and the nossel returned to the cradle with out being trip, will the feed handle valve remain open if either latch is applied while setting in the cradle? To me it's an interesting thought on something I've never tried. But in this day and age, who knows for certain what will or won't happen.

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Old 10-15-2009, 10:06 PM   #6
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in my 30 years of trucking i have had this happen to me once while filling up my truck. i would put the drivers side nozzle in walk around grab the right side from the pump and it started to flow all over me.a good friend had this happen also, some inconsiderate trucker thought this was cute. from then on we both check the handles before we grabbed them. pretty sick trick.
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Well, as I said.. BY Law, in most states (I'm sure of Michigan only) a self serve pump nozzle either must have the lock open device removed or must be the kind that releases when the pump shuts off...

BY LAW

Some stations, ignore that law however so the warning is valid

But if that every happens to me I'll check the law and if it's a requriement in that state that the Trigger lock be disabled,

And if it is... Here come da judge. (And the fire marshall)
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Well, as I said.. BY Law, in most states (I'm sure of Michigan only) a self serve pump nozzle either must have the lock open device removed or must be the kind that releases when the pump shuts off...

BY LAW

Some stations, ignore that law however so the warning is valid

But if that every happens to me I'll check the law and if it's a requriement in that state that the Trigger lock be disabled,

And if it is... Here come da judge. (And the fire marshall)
As a prior gas station owner, I can assure you there are a few other objects that will lock a handle in the open position besides the trigger lock. For one, A simple folded match book inserted under the lower part of the handle works well!!
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Smilin Bob, wondered when someone would nab that for a handle. Since most gasoline pumps require the customer to select a grade, usually a large button to push, I never push the button until the nozzle is in the filler opening. This negates any malfunction of the nozzle lever, and since every pump is now required to have an emergency shut-off, even if the nozzle lever fails spilling gas is remote, IF the operator is attentive.
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Another self fueling annoyance I've been running in to recently is that many of the nozzles I find are filled with gas or diesel when the nozzles are placed back into the pump by the previous user.

I'm not sure if this is a malfunction in the nozzle and gas is seeping through the shut off nozzle from residual pressure in the hose or if it is deliberate by someone holding the nozzle upright and squeezing the trigger a little bit to fill the nozzle. (I doubt that's the case since their paying for that gas)

In any case, I've dumped gas down the side of the car, and diesel on the side of the motorhome when grabbing one of those filled nozzles
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Old 10-29-2009, 04:49 PM   #11
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Quote from Joe-K:

"Another self fueling annoyance I've been running in to recently is that many of the nozzles I find are filled with gas or diesel when the nozzles are placed back into the pump by the previous user."

Joe: I had the exact same thing happen to me yesterday at a Home Depot station when I filled my wifes car. I was lucky for the spill went onto the ramp next to the pump missing me and the car. I should remember to be careful and try to get that "extra" fuel into the car for it's fuel that I don't have to pay for.

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Have you seen a pump that uses the same hose for gas and diesel?
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Have you seen a pump that uses the same hose for gas and diesel?
That would be one where my exit would be faster than the proverbial "flash in the pan." No pun intended.
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