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Posted by PriusGeek on June 21, 2006, 6:17 pm
 


Well, that's certainly true vs. the published fuel capacity of 11.9gal
I'm not saying that there might not be an isue with the gas station.
OTOH, because the Prius fuel bladder is somewhat flexible and because
it is possible to overfill any car, including the Prius, it is possible
that you could get more than 11.9gal into it by pressurizing the
bladder a bit and filling the "neck" to the tank before the pump shuts
down.  It could happen. ;-)


Bill wrote:


Posted by Bill on June 21, 2006, 7:13 pm
 



Well, that's certainly true vs. the published fuel capacity of 11.9gal
I'm not saying that there might not be an isue with the gas station.
OTOH, because the Prius fuel bladder is somewhat flexible and because
it is possible to overfill any car, including the Prius, it is possible
that you could get more than 11.9gal into it by pressurizing the
bladder a bit and filling the "neck" to the tank before the pump shuts
down.  It could happen. ;-)

From what I understand, the fuel bladder is inside a rigid steel container.
I'm thinking the capacity is figured with the bladder stretched to conform
to it's confinement.  But you may be right, the filler neck might hold 3/4
gallon and he may have shut the car off just as it was running out of gas.



Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on June 22, 2006, 5:31 am
 



The nozzle was all the way inside the filler, and once it automatically shut
off at 12.395 gallons that was that.  I probably would have been spitting
bullets if I had waited another few seconds and it took more in the filler
neck.
Speaking of the gas gauge bars, I figured the first bar would disappear
after many more miles than I'm used to because of this fill up. Fat chance.
First bar disappeared after 90 miles. I've seen it disappear after 130 miles
many times. Hmmm... 90 from 130 is 40. Maybe I was still short 3/4 of a
gallon from a totally full tank.
I should be hearing from the W&M inspector soon.

mark_


Posted by Bill on June 22, 2006, 5:10 pm
 



Were you at one blinking bar when you pulled in?  I've got to believe that
pump was off.



Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on June 23, 2006, 8:29 am
 



Yes. I drove an additional 15 miles so I could get closer to home before
filling.
Yesterday morning I drove by the gas station and the two nozzles from that
one pump were booted (locked out). Now its a question as to how much they
were in error.

About a month ago another pump at the same station failed to stop and
gasoline gushed out all over the ground and subsequently on the bottom of my
shoes.  I told the manager and his response was simply to ask for the full
amount. No compensation. Yet it didn't dawn on me afterwards there was a
reason speedy-dri was all over the area when I pulled up to the pump and got
out. So my advice to anyone else reading this is avoid a pump that has some
sort of absorbent on the ground, the station managers and attendants are too
inconsiderate to shut it down.
In the old days it was OK to let the pump be used because it was usually the
customer's fault for gas on the ground. But not nowadays, unless someone
filled a gas can or something else other than a vehicle.
mark_


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