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Another reason why a driver should not pump petrol near empty tank

By SYF77 on 17 Dec 2011

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On a particular Friday morning, I switched on the car engine and realized that the fuel tank was about three-quarter empty. It could probably travel for about 120km before the top-up warning light goes on. On my way to work, I was contemplating whether to top up at the Caltex station along the way or do it the following Monday. As I drove pass the petrol station, I decided to fill up my car as the petrol station was not busy. And I was glad I did so.
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After the engine was switched off, I pulled the fuel door lever a couple of times but the release mechanism did not seem to work. This was the first time I encountered such a problem. The pump attendant was getting a bit impatient and I drove off eventually. I called up Volkswagen Centre Singapore and was advised to take the car down to the workshop. The car was sent to the workshop during lunch hour and fortunately, the problem was fixed by late afternoon.

The outcome could have been worse if there is little petrol left in the tank and the workshop is far away. From this experience, I will always remind myself to top up petrol before the tank is near empty. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Biohazard Dec 18 2011 06:51 PM
Meaning to say vcs service has improved?? No more 2 weeks in advance booking?
Mecontle Dec 18 2011 07:32 PM
nothing to do with title more to do with vw workmanship
Achtung7 Dec 18 2011 11:01 PM
Given the problems with VW cars, I would have asked them to send their 24hrs roadside assistance which is supposed to arrive in 45min. If they can't solve the problem and I don't have enough gas in the tank, I'll ask him to get a tow truck to tow it back to VCS.
Alisonkleo Dec 19 2011 03:38 PM
One should not pump petrol near empty tank otherwise there can be a blast because of your empty tank as when its empty and still you are driving it can be dangerous for you and your vehicle as well.
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Dwee Dec 21 2011 05:09 PM
I am one of those paranoid person. I always filled up my tank in the half way mark or the most at the quarter mark . . . LOL . .
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