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Old April 6th, 2017, 23:10   #8941
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Overfilling a gas tank can get very $$$$ with modern cars. The charcoal vapor recovery canisters can get saturated and require a $$$ replacement. The extra space in the system is meant to add volume so when the gasoline expands or the car applies the vacuum to the tank system, liquid gasoline cannot get to the charcoal canisters. When overfilled, all bets are off.
Good point. I should have been clearer...

I'm aware of the charcoal canisters of modern gasoline powered cars/trucks. I make it a rule to never fill more the the second "click". After the fuel pump clicks the first time I wait 10 seconds then hit it one more time. Normally gets a me 1/3 gallon extra. I have never and will never fill to the brim on my gasser.

Little things I miss about my diesel...
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Old May 24th, 2017, 03:47   #8942
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Old June 24th, 2017, 12:03   #8943
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I've always over-filled my gasoline and diesel vehicles, and never had a problem. However, I never fill up at the end of a drive. The tank isn't "overfilled" long enough to be a problem.

Some can't really be over-filled. I have a 2010 Transit Connect van, and cannot squeeze in more than an extra pint or so after the pump clicks off. "Full" really is "full."

My 2007 Honda Accord, on the other hand, takes 2 1/2 GALLONS of extra fuel until it's literally brim full. And has been doing so at every fill up for 250,000 trouble-free miles. That's an extra 70+ miles of range from a tank. I go well over 100 miles before the needle drops to FULL.

It is theoretically possible to drown your carbon canister, but you really have to work at it. Over-fill on a hot day and then immediately park in the sun? That might cause a problem. Or spill diesel fuel on the ground, in the case of an over-filled TDI. But it's not going to be an issue if you start burning the fuel right away.

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Old June 24th, 2017, 12:17   #8944
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There is no canister or evap system on a diesel . . . diesel vapor pressure is too low to need it . . .
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Old July 17th, 2017, 08:10   #8945
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...I make it a rule to never fill more the the second "click". After the fuel pump clicks the first time I wait 10 seconds then hit it one more time...
Same here... At least until I got my Jeep. If I go beyond the first click, Diesel goes everywhere. The Jeep is the first vehicle that I have experienced this.

I don't have my Golf anymore, but I am still a religious reader of this thread and still a Diesel fanatic.

Sadly, here in Chicago, no one gives a crap about what you put in your vehicle. So no new stories from me.
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Old July 17th, 2017, 15:54   #8946
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I blocked the only diesel pump with my gasser the other day

Oh wait... I was filling a jerry can of diesel for my tractor, the only diesel I have now thanks to VW's antics
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Old July 17th, 2017, 16:42   #8947
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I was at a gas station the other day when I saw a beautiful white Smyth ute tdi pulling away. For a moment I thought about running after him to get a better look, but it was too damned hot out. It was only the second one I have seen in person, and the first in Maine. The first one I saw was runonbeer's down in Austin. Both examples were very clean and well executed. A younger guy pumping gas into his jetta also noticed the Ute and me staring after it. He was a bit bewildered when I told him it was a chopped jetta.
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Old July 24th, 2017, 05:33   #8948
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After we bought our Passat in 2013 (our first diesel) I read with some bemusement the anecdotes posted by people while fueling their vehicles. We have now owned the Passat for 4 years and have around 61K miles on it, and I have yet to be approached by anyone making a comment about having a diesel, or "you're putting the wrong fuel in your car," or any such thing.....
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Old July 24th, 2017, 10:40   #8949
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yeah same here, however many times Ive been at a heavily trafficked road side fuel station and pulled up to the Diesel Island, only to have a bunch of cars follow my lead and pull their gassers up to the diesel only pumps so they dont have to get in line at the gas island... I usually make some smart-ass comment, 'Oah thats awesome Honda is making a Diesel Minivan' before they look around and 'oh crap, is yours a diesel?'

Ive saved more people from trying to put Diesel into there Gasser than Ive had anyone comment on me putting Diesel into a Volkswagen.
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Old August 31st, 2017, 16:24   #8950
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This poor thread doesn't get the love it used to!

I kind of expected to start hearing stories of poor folks in Texas being super thankful they have diesels lately as gas shortages due to evacuations of the horrible flooding down there in the last week.

I always felt a little more justified with the diesel ownership experience when you hear those stories.

Beyond that, if anyone here is in the area or is close to anyone affected, my thoughts and best wishes are with you/them and hope some day a silver lining can be found.
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Old August 31st, 2017, 16:27   #8951
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We hosted people from down that way to get them out of danger. Austin got plenty of rain and some wind but no flooding really. Sheltered 7 people and 2 dogs and a cat until yesterday. Not as many stories since a lot of the cars are being turned in probably.
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Old August 31st, 2017, 19:45   #8952
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I heard some scattered reports that many stations in Dallas were out of gasoline; no word on diesel. Can anyone confirm?
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Old August 31st, 2017, 20:11   #8953
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On the national news tonight, they said the Colonial Pipeline (primary pipeline to the East Coast) was now shutdown. This is the same pipeline that had those problems in last September and October.
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The official word in Dallas is that there is no actual shortage, but rather that some rumor got started that there would be, so everyone rushed to the gas stations, and promptly drained them. Supposedly diesel is better, but I haven't checked. Overall, supposed to be resolved by the weekend . . .
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Old September 1st, 2017, 09:18   #8955
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On the national news tonight, they said the Colonial Pipeline (primary pipeline to the East Coast) was now shutdown. This is the same pipeline that had those problems in last September and October.
Same thing up here in NC . Officials are on TV asking people to not panic and go about their normal refills and not top off to minimize the price spiking (it's already gone up 20-30 cents / a gallon - more in some places). One Speedway has had a 40 cent or more jump in diesel - but it's pretty popular with trucks and out on US-1 . Most other diesel has gone up about 20-30 cents, gas about the same.
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