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Filling up while car still running

I was wondering if anyone here has done it or knows if its safe to gas up while the car is still running. I have a few friends who do it on a regular basis and I myself have done it a few times just forgetting to turn off my car.

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Well, very little risk from a technical standpoint. The gas tank is designed to contain a fire, should one occur. The only thing you might do is over load the vapor recovery system on the car or throw an error code recorded on the ECU for emissions checks.

But why take the risk. You might forget the fuel nozzle is filling and drive off since the car is already running. A short in the fuel pump or electrical "could" cause a fire, and then you have high pressure fuel spraying around. It takes a second to turn the car off and another second to start it.....
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It's not going to blow up.

I've seen them spark from static electricity once in a great while and cause a fire and the fumes are burning coming out of the fill nozzle....not going to blow up though.

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But why take the risk. You might forget the fuel nozzle is filling and drive off since the car is already running. A short in the fuel pump or electrical "could" cause a fire, and then you have high pressure fuel spraying around. It takes a second to turn the car off and another second to start it.....
If you drive off with the fuel nozzle still attached to your car, ya deserve a beating And I have witnessed it...

I do it on my truck all the time in the winter. I can think of few reasons:

-often the truck never warmed up by the time I got to the gas station, I'm freezing so I'll let it warm up

-less wear and tear on the engine with less engine stop/start. Especially if it's not fully warmed up (see the first point)

-Did I say I'm freezing? If the truck is warmed up, I like to keep the cab toasty
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The bigger issue would be not grounding yourself before grabbing the fuel nozzle.

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But why take the risk. You might forget the fuel nozzle is filling and drive off since the car is already running. A short in the fuel pump or electrical "could" cause a fire, and then you have high pressure fuel spraying around. It takes a second to turn the car off and another second to start it.....
yeah i just figured they were too lazy, but i always turn it off anyway just coz i wanna be on the safe side. i know you'd need an actual spark and unless i turn the ignition on again it shouldnt..right?

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It's not going to blow up.

I've seen them spark from static electricity once in a great while and cause a fire and the fumes are burning coming out of the fill nozzle....not going to blow up though.
right coz you'd need a spark to set it off.

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If you drive off with the fuel nozzle still attached to your car, ya deserve a beating And I have witnessed it...

I do it on my truck all the time in the winter. I can think of few reasons:

-often the truck never warmed up by the time I got to the gas station, I'm freezing so I'll let it warm up

-less wear and tear on the engine with less engine stop/start. Especially if it's not fully warmed up (see the first point)

-Did I say I'm freezing? If the truck is warmed up, I like to keep the cab toasty
yeah i was thinking the same thing as far as keeping the car warm especially in the winter.
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On Toyota and Scion (other cars too) will throw an evap code if this is done. The scion does this every time it is filled up while the engine is running. Check engine light resets itself in about 80 miles.
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On Toyota and Scion (other cars too) will throw an evap code if this is done. The scion does this every time it is filled up while the engine is running. Check engine light resets itself in about 80 miles.
i get the CEL everytime i don't tighten the gas cap enough. i just disconnect/reconnect the battery coz the CEL just annoys me.
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Or if you get a station attendant who does like my brother did when he worked one, he shut pumps off on people who didnt shut their cars off. Dunno about IL, but in WI theres big ass signs saying "By order of the Fire Marshall" to shut off engines since its illegal to refuel with the motor running.

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I had an O2 sensor go on my old '95 525 and they asked if I left the motor running while filling up (which I did) as it causes some kind of weird air mixture with the fuel sensors and can cause them to go bad - Basically the car would not start and would flood itself trying to - All covered under warranty but since then, I have never done it

Prob not giving the scenario it's proper wording but ti was something to that affect

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I like to fuel up with my car running , smoking , talking on cell phone with my door open

i want to drink, but only to kill a certain few brain cells and i don't care how many i have to take out to get to them.
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I like to fuel up with my car running , smoking , talking on cell phone with my door open
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Filling up while car still running

If there is any crap in the bottom of the fuel tank pumping in gas could stir it up and with the engine running there is a greater chance of plugging the fuel filter.
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If there is any crap in the bottom of the fuel tank pumping in gas could stir it up and with the engine running there is a greater chance of plugging the fuel filter.
nah...

that shit in the bottom of the tank doesnt stay there when youre driving around and certainly wouldnt just settle to the bottom as soon as you were dont filling either

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Here in New Jersey, they've got a stupid rule that does not allow you to put gas into your own car. The attendants do it for you.
The law was enacted when gas stations were new back in the early 1900s and people didn't know how to use them properly.
Not sure why it still stands. It gets annoying during rush hour when there's only one attendant servicing a packed lot.
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Leaning the opposite direction while turning

I was wondering if anyone here has done it or knows if its safe to lean the other way while I go in to a turn. I have a few friends who do it on a regular basis and I myself have done it a few times just forgetting motorcycle fundamentals.

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Phil, are you saying this is one of those, "Why is there ice in the urinal" thread?
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I was wondering if anyone here has done it or knows if its safe to gas up while the car is still running. I have a few friends who do it on a regular basis and I myself have done it a few times just forgetting to turn off my car.

I just wanted to hear from the suck/bang/blow experts here on this forum.

If it wasn't safe there wouldn't be signs at every gas pump saying not to do it. The answer is not rocket sience just read teh fucking signs.


There are also signs that say the speed limit is 55. Do people obey them?? I dunno and I really don't care.
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I go by redneck clause on this one.

its a dumb way to have something catch fire. And i know my shit when it comes to lighting shit on fire.

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If you drive off with the fuel nozzle still attached to your car, ya deserve a beating And I have witnessed it...

I do it on my truck all the time in the winter. I can think of few reasons:

-often the truck never warmed up by the time I got to the gas station, I'm freezing so I'll let it warm up

-less wear and tear on the engine with less engine stop/start. Especially if it's not fully warmed up (see the first point)

-Did I say I'm freezing? If the truck is warmed up, I like to keep the cab toasty

Ive see it too before and of course it was a hot woman in an x5...haha.

i do it only when it is super cold but typically, 95% of the time, i shut the engine off.

i have however, seen signs that say do not use cell phones near pumps or while pumping. i think mythbusters did something with this but i can remeber. and thats just ridicilious anyways.
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Here in New Jersey, they've got a stupid rule that does not allow you to put gas into your own car. The attendants do it for you.
The law was enacted when gas stations were new back in the early 1900s and people didn't know how to use them properly.
Not sure why it still stands. It gets annoying during rush hour when there's only one attendant servicing a packed lot.
Oregon has the same law but it's because the old people (majority of voters there) want their FULL service everywhere

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it really must be the dead of winter when this is a discussion point... and that i've read it and replied
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I did that once and my shit blew sky high and flipped over. Everybody was looking at me and knew I left my car on while filling. How embarassing. No way man. Don't do it.

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I did that once and my shit blew sky high and flipped over. Everybody was looking at me and knew I left my car on while filling. How embarassing. No way man. Don't do it.
Same thing happened to me, but it turns out I really did shut the car off.... found out later that my dog farted.

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it really must be the dead of winter when this is a discussion point... and that i've read it and replied



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Then realizes I post this type of shit all year long.
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