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Gas Tank Mystery Solved

Thank you to my good e-mail friend for sharing this secret!

In and out of many countries, as you lug your bags to the car, do you make it a point to figure out which side of the car the gas tank is on? Or do you get to the service station and then realize that you don’t know?

I am one of those who forget, until it is time to gas up. I get to the gas station, and then when I go to fill the tank (yep, there are no friendly helpers there, so I have to do it myself) and often I have to back up or drive out and drive in again so I have the gas tank facing the pump.

There is a secret on your dashboard, one I never noticed and I bet you haven’t, either.

If you look at your gas gauge, you will see a small icon of a gas pump.


The handle of the gas pump will extend out on either the left or right side of the pump. If your tank is on the left, the handle will be on the left. If your tank is on the right, the handle will be on the right. It is that simple!

Am I the only one who didn’t know this secret?

UPDATE: On my car, this is NOT TRUE! On my car, the gas tank is on the opposite side of the car. My bad!

October 27, 2007 Posted by | Customer Service, Technical Issue | , , | 16 Comments