How to know the position of your fuel tank from your guage

How many times have you been driving your friend’s car or even your car and pull up to a fueling station only to get confused where the fuel tank is located? Honestly, this has happened to me before and I’m sure you may have experienced it too. It’s worse if you have been on a long fuel queue during a protracted fuel scarcity and on arriving at the pump, the fuel attendants insist on having you move to the appropriate queue as you are clearly on the wrong one.

Here is a neat trick to know where your fuel tank is, courtesy of car manufacturers. In order to locate on which side of the car your fuel tank is, simply look at the fuel gauge. There is an arrow beside the fuel icon. It is pointing to the side of the car where the fuel tank can be found. It’s little things like this that car manufacturers have put in place for the convenience of most car owners.

According to Ford spokesman Mark Schirmer, as reported on theAllstateBlog, engineers are free to place fuel doors on the side of the car that offers the easiest packaging. And while one on each side would be rather convenient, we’re not likely to see dual fuel doors anytime soon—there’s neither the room nor the demand for them.

“The placement of the fuel door is mainly a factor of fuel tank design, location, and underbody packaging,” Nissan’s Steve Yaeger told theAllstateBlog. “With all of the structure and components located underneath the vehicle, (engineers) would quickly encounter restrictions in trying to route the filler tube to the same side on every vehicle.”

So next time you are stopping at a fueling station and wondering where the fuel tank is, look at the position the arrow in the fuel gauge is pointing to and you will know where to park to refill.


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