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PUMPING GAS WITH CAR RUNNING – HOW DANGEROUS IS IT?

PUMPING GAS WITH CAR RUNNING – HOW DANGEROUS IS IT?

So, a couple of weeks ago, when our weather was so so cold, when I went to pump gas into my car, I noticed out of the 6 cars pumping gas, 4 had their vehicles running. I started thinking about is it ok or not okay to keep my engine running, the articles I came across were a little scary….read on.

1.       DAMAGES TO CAR:

It could damage something in the evap. system. Only a tiny drop of the gasoline is enough for the parts like engine, exhaust tailpipe, and catalytic converter to catch fire.  Ignition on a gas engine uses a spark, what if the boots, cables are old or cracked…the spark is there.

2.       HARMFUL VAPORS.

Let’s say your hood is open the chances of gas vapors to flee are higher.  The vapors themselves have side effects to the environment(newer cars are now equipped with special features to capture the vapors).

3.       HARSH ON POCKETS:

Did you know that you could damage the vapor recovery system? To repair this system it can run from $200 to $1,500. (please turn your vehicle off).  It could also signal the Check Engine Light.

#Gas #Safety #Maintenance #CheckEngine



Odds are nothing's gonna go boom but what if? 

Yes, I know that that spark will get created when the car is started but it's not a constant.

It doesn't seem to happen as much as years ago, but there is always the chance of a Backfire through the exhaust as well. 

Your owner's manual will say the same thing. It causes problems with the evaporative emissions controls and can lead to a check engine light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUMPING GAS WITH CAR RUNNING – HOW DANGEROUS IS IT?

1.       Damages to car.

2.       Harmful vapors.

3.       Harsh on pockets.

4.       Not federal law, but some states have these sort of laws.

5.       I only saw that Ohio & West Virginia, but don’t take chances.

6.       The fines are up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine (ouch).

7.       Common sense and safety.

 

#Laws #Safety #Maintenance #Damage #HarmfulVapors #Environment #RicksAutoService

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