Fuel cap indicator: Why didn’t I know this before now?

Posted By on July 14, 2011


One would have thought that owning and renting cars for 30 years that I would have known that the little indicator arrow on the fuel gauge indicates which side the filler cap is located on. I don’t know how many times I’ve pulled into a gas station with a “new to me car” and guessed wrong. I think I’ll start looking at the gauge first! Am I the only one who didn’t know this?


  • Better late than never… 🙂

    • BTW, don’t tell my wife, but I tested her new Kodak Playsport gift on this photo and the previous post. 😉 Took a couple more “test” video clips too, but they aren’t ready for prime time public exposure again.

  • Gary

    Hah- nope, it was you and my wife.  GG

    • Well if Lynne didn’t know … then I’m in good company. 🙂

  • I’ve had quite a few friends amazed and didn’t know that either.  They were in their mid 20’s though so…. 😉

    • Ouch Jacob … that “in their mid 20’s” was pretty painful! I just can’t believe I didn’t know this … I wonder when manufacturers started to mark the guages? (don’t tell me that it was before I started driving!!!)

      How’s “our” TDI doing?

  • Still hanging in there pretty well.  Had the injector resealed but that’s about it other than new tires.  Rotating them properly should help prolong their life this time. 🙂

    • That’s good to hear. I’m trying to talk Brenda into a TDI as a replacement for her Rav4 … a hard sell. She really still likes her little SUV even if the fuel efficiency isn’t much better than our bigger Honda Pilot. (maybe talk her into driving the Pilot so I could get a VW Passat TDI?) 🙂

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