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Which Side Of the Car Is Your Fuel Door Is On?

Sent to me from a reader and had to share it with you

Quick question, which side of your car is your gas tank on? If you are anything like me, you probably can’t remember right away. My solution is to uncomfortably stick my head out the window, strain my neck and look. If you don’t do this in your own car you definitely have done it in a borrowed or rental car.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’m going to share with you my little secret so you will no longer look like Ace Ventura on your way to the gas station or put your neck at risk of discomfort or injury.

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 (see photo above). It is that simple!

I don’t know how you feel right now but when I found out this morning I felt cheated!

Why don’t the dealers share such important information with car buyers? I don’t understand why this isn’t in the driver’s manual? I don’t get why any mechanic I have ever been too or know has even thought of mentioning this to me? The only possible explanation can be that all these people probably don’t even know!

Go out and share the world’s best kept auto secret with your friends as this information is way too important to be kept secret.

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2 Comments on "Which Side Of the Car Is Your Fuel Door Is On?"

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  1. mohammad says:

    This is not always true and all cars, the statement will not cover all ford models and i think other Japanese and Europian cars.

  2. I am really unsure where you got these ideas! Of course this will work sometimes, but the only true indicator for the fuel door position is the small triangle arrow on the dash. In the photo you’ve included, the gauge on the right would be the complete opposite! The handle is on the right but the arrow points left, so the fuel door would be on the left.

    Hope this helps.


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