Not computers, just stuff....

Discussion in 'Computers and Stuff' started by jimbo, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Does anyone know why approximately 85% of all vehicles on the road have the gas fill up on the drivers side? You would think it would be half and half.
  2. Scuba_Dave

    Scuba_Dave Extreme DIY Homeowner

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    Yeah, like my wife will jump right out of the car to fill it up on her side
  3. FloridaOrange

    FloridaOrange Plumbing Designer

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    At one time my wife's car and mine had the gas fill on opposite sides, it sucked pulling up on the wrong side 50% of the time.
  4. nukeman

    nukeman Nuclear Engineer

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    The reason why most are on the left side is that the majority of the world uses LHD cars. Only UK, Japan, and a few others are RHD. With the filler on the left, it is easier to fill (don't have to walk around the car).

    I believe it used to be that the US cars were typically filled on the right side and other cars were mostly filled on the left. Now, it really is a mix with multiple cars sharing a single platform and many foreign cars being built in the US.
  5. maddog

    maddog Engineer

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    Back in the 60's, I had a car with the gas fill pipe behind the rear license plate (kind of a spring loaded flap to pull down the license plate). Maybe not real good if you get rear-ended, but you never pulled up on the wrong side of the gas pump.
  6. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

    It has to do with traffic flow at the pump and pulling in with the pump on the left, and the length of the hose. Originally most if not all cars in the US the fill port was in the back. RHD countries, you pull in with the pump on the right side.
  7. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    When the Moon is in the 7th house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planet, and we will know the answer to all things....:cool:
  8. Peanut9199

    Peanut9199 Customer Service Manager Plumbing Wholesale

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    Mom's old Pontiac Sunfire filled on the passenger side.
    Used to drive me crazy when gas was cheap and everyone was lined up att the pumps, there was no way i could get gas.
    How do you line up backwards, the fricken hose wouldn't be long enough to reach the other side.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_0bEHJY9oo

    [video=youtube;d_0bEHJY9oo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_0bEHJY9oo[/video]
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  9. asktom

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    I have one rig with the filler on the left, and one with the filler on the right. To top it off the hood release on one is in the exact location the filler flap release is on the other. If you think pulling up with the pump on the wrong side is bad, try doing that and then popping the hood.
  10. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    I suppose they place it in the spot that allows the gas to enter the tank the soonest...that would be determined by where the tank is located and why they locate the tank there is just another question...
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