Fuel Filling Tips

March 16, 2009

Our Tip of The Week concerns winter time fuelling tips for your vehicle. There are a number of reasons why it is advisable to operate on the top portion of the fuel tank in the winter-time. First of all, by keeping the tank close to full you will minimize the effect of water vapour and condensation getting into the tank. If you do get water vapour into the tank, enough of it can gather at the fuel filter, which will freeze up and stop the flow, which will stop the car. Using gas line anti-freeze is the best way to combat that problem.

Also the added weight of a full tank of fuel in many vehicles helps to assist traction as well.

Thirdly, you don't want to get caught somewhere low on fuel because remember that in winter-time your trip can take up to double the time because of bad weather. By keeping full you're going to ride out those traffic jams and traffic delays.

Also, one thing that I advise my customers to do as well is to keep a little bit of lubricant around the full neck of the vehicle. That will prevent corrosion around the metal filler pipe and give an effective seal to the gas cap filler neck location. On late model vehicles, if you don't get the gas cap to seal properly it can cause a number of problems. First of all, that's an entry point for moisture, but secondly on late model vehicles if you don't get an effective seal, the check engine or service engine light will come on.

That's your Tip of The Week!

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