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Fuels & Lubricants Discussion all about Fuels & Lubricants. synthetic oil, conventional oil, brands, change intervals, diesel grades, gelling and such debated items like that. Non TDI related postings will be moved or removed. This forum is NOT for the discussion of biodiesel and other alternative fuels.

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Old September 2nd, 2007, 05:07   #1
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Red face Green nozzle handle diesel? Not always!

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Every place I have ever visited I have always looked for the green nozzle cover at the service station. This past week I tried to fill the tank in NC and was having a horrible time getting the pump to work for me. Eventually the attendent came out and let me know that I had the gasoline nozzle in the tank filler and was pushing the diesel selection button on the pump, therefore it would never work! It was fortunate for me that their pump system didn't permit the gasoline to flow.

Yes, I should have noticed that the spout was a smaller diameter on the gas nozzle. Did I? Nope - that would be too easy.

What was strange, to me at least, is the diesel nozzle cover was black and the gasoline nozzle cover green. Is this unusual or I am living in some sort of alternate universe? It's now much easier for me to understand how the mis-fueling posts here on TDIclub.com could happen.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 05:11   #2
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Emabrrassing noob move of the week:

Every place I have ever visited I have always looked for the green nozzle cover at the service station. This past week I tried to fill the tank in NC and was having a horrible time getting the pump to work for me. Eventually the attendent came out and let me know that I had the gasoline nozzle in the tank filler and was pushing the diesel selection button on the pump, therefore it would never work! It was fortunate for me that their pump system didn't permit the gasoline to flow.

Yes, I should have noticed that the spout was a smaller diameter on the gas nozzle. Did I? Nope - that would be too easy.

What was strange, to me at least, is the diesel nozzle cover was black and the gasoline nozzle cover green. Is this unusual or I am living in some sort of alternate universe? It's now much easier for me to understand how the mis-fueling posts here on TDIclub.com could happen.
Was it a BP? That's the only instance I could think of. My dad said when they were visiting the Caribbean, that diesel nozzles were red. Said he bout filled up a rented moped with diesel! Oops!
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 06:21   #3
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Just a few days ago, I stopped at a BP to top off before a long trip this weekend. Picked up the green nozzle and pushed the start button, when I realized my mistake. It was the reg unleaded nozzle.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 06:48   #4
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There is no "standard" in the USA about what color nozzle does what. PAY ATTENTION ! About the best you can really hope for is the seperate diesel pump - then there is NO confusion about what nozzle to use .
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 06:52   #5
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Yup, I see green, black, and yellow nozzle covers for diesel here. No safe substitute for looking at the writing on the pump.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 08:06   #6
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I was at the rear of a Shell staion where only diesel is pumped.
They had off-road and road diesel nozzles.
I used the green one as I assumed the yellow was for off-road.

Half way through my fillup I realized I was pumping in off-road.

The yellow was for road diesel and the green for off-raod..
I was red-faced.....
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 10:39   #7
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I don't guess there's any standard but a lot of the diesel pumps I have seen with the gas pumps are green (I guess at BP, the gas nozzles are green too). But if the pump is tucked away from the gas, then they're whatever color.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 11:31   #8
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There is NO NATIONWIDE STANDARD COLOR CODE FOR FUEL TYPE.

(sorry for the caps)

Teach yourself and anyone you care about to READ the SIGNS.

Never RUSH when you REFUEL, mistakes can kill you, not just damage your car.

If one of you that have a way with words would write something stickie-worthy, I'll bet the mods would stickie it.

Good luck!!

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Old September 2nd, 2007, 12:00   #9
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I've seen green, most common, yellow and black.

I have never seen a diffference in the diameter of the nozzle vs. gas. I have been to a pump with high flow, my car does't accept those.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 14:03   #10
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The Gulf I usually go to has a seperate diesel pump. The new stations that have gone up around me have the gas and diesel pumps combined, that's where the problem is. You just have to be careful and read the pumps because the nozzles are the same size.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 14:19   #11
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DO NOT put GASOLINE in this airplane!!!

Imagine the DOH factor when you flame out at 100 feet above the trees after take-off due to somebody not paying attention!

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Old September 2nd, 2007, 14:29   #12
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Every pump I have ever seen in Oregon is...black or red for gasoline, green for diesel, blue for biodiesel, yellow for E85 flexfuel. I dont know if its a law here, but that is the way all of them are.
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Old September 2nd, 2007, 14:43   #13
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DO NOT put GASOLINE in this airplane!!!

Imagine the DOH factor when you flame out at 100 feet above the trees after take-off due to somebody not paying attention!

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The embarassment wouldn't last long..

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Old September 5th, 2007, 06:07   #14
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Hess here has red nozzles for diesel.
Green or Black for gas.
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Old September 5th, 2007, 06:20   #15
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I almost filled up at a BP with RUG once since the pump handle was green. I caught myself before I started pumping. WHOOPS
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