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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Living above the clouds in Colorado
FYI: What happens when you overfill the gas tank
Ever wonder what happens when you overfill the gas tank? Me neither. On a drive last month, I stopped to fill up at a run-down gas station in the middle of nowhere (hey, it's Colorado, not a lot of choices sometimes). The pump was incredibly slow, slower than I've ever seen before. Eventually, I noticed gas literally pouring out from under the car! Either it was too slow to trip the auto-shutoff, or that feature of the pump was broken. No fuel got on the paint, for there's a drain hole in the plastic part surrounding the fill tube. I opened the engine cover to help evaporation, and pushed the car forward a few feet to get it away from the pool of gas on the ground. The clerk inside was pretty much indifferent when I told her about the problem.
Probably goes without saying that I waited quite a bit before starting up the car after this...
'05 Elise, Magnetic Blue / Biscuit / Hardtop