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    My missus saw something on TV the other5 day saying not to continue filling when the nozzle clicks. Something about it wasting fuel and going into an overflow reservoir.
    My understanding is that the clicks are to stop it spilling. If tehre was a reservoir what happens to the excess fuel and when the reservoir fills?
    How true is this

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    I head that, GMTV right ?? (Cough, wasnt watching out of choice or anything !?!?)

    I wondered the same ! I may be wrong, please say if I am, but surely thats not right ?
    A car will not drip fuel out using an overflow will it ? Also, I used to fill my old nearly to the cap and noticeably got more miles lol

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    no overflow tank. the diesel pump normally stops when it detects fuel isnt flowing any longer... It will fill the pipe up leading up from the tank to the little metal flap which stops fuel coming back out. Also when the tank is almost full i slow the pump speed right down as there is a some froth and swaying motion of the diesel as it goes in so fast. this allows it time to settle so you can fill it right up..
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    I cant believe the waffle they tell people theres not an overflow it clicks as to not supply any more as your full, unless its faulty and clicks for the fun of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxie View Post
    I cant believe the waffle they tell people theres not an overflow it clicks as to not supply any more as your full, unless its faulty and clicks for the fun of it
    Dont remind me, Old Cav GLS saloon seriously took about 15 mins to refill !!!

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    Yeah probably was GMTV I dont watch the tosh I have more pressing appointments with my bed. I couldnt see how it would leak not exactly safe - throw a cigarette out of the window and watch the flame chase you

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    Perhaps the additional weight of the fuel causes you to use more fuel in normal use?

    Obviously and clearly this is the "fill the car £5 at a time every 2 days and keep it almost empty crowd".
    What they fail to realise is the potential cost of sucking rubbish up off the bottom of the tank when you constantly run empty every day or so. One of my ex's spent almost £500 in repair bills after doing this several times. Not to mention the additional cost of locating a petrol station if one is not on your daily route.

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    Filling the tank up surely means, less trips to the station !! For some, fuel stations can be quite far away, therefor needlesly using fuel !!

    LOL im suprised they did not point out that yellow cars are better on fuel....

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    Perhaps they are getting confused with the pressure release valve
    If this wasn't fitted to the top of the fuel tank then you'd never be able to fill it up
    You can see this if you push the flap back and look to the left, a small hole a few millimetres across

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    Total weight of a Vectra is about 1500kgs. Water is 1kg per litre, and fuel is a bit litre than that (Specific gravity of about 0.8 depending on atmospheric conditions...) so a total toak of fuel is about 48kgs.

    So, a full tank of fuel adds less than 3% extra weight to the car...

    I always fill right up to the top - I'm gonna use it all and pay for it all regardless, and it's the best way of doing my fuel figures spredsheet...

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