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Old 03-31-2016, 01:30 AM   #1
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Don't Overfill your Gas Tanks

We filled both our aux and gen gas tanks on the way to our first long (2 week) trip. After we got to our 1st camp near Parker and had been in the sun, we noticed the fuel station area smelled like gas, and looked down and saw dripping. I pulled about 5 ga from the aux tank, and ran the gen for an hour or so to use some. I had filled both tanks to the top and then did 2 top-off clicks. Don't do that! No leak or gas smell at all now in 4 days since then but if someone had thrown a cig under there it would have been toast.
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Old 03-31-2016, 07:25 AM   #2
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When mine is overfilled, it dribbles out of the charcoal canister vent hose...
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Same issue with my 3605. Filled up with hauler leaning to door side to maximize filling capacity. Garaged the hauler and discovered fuel on floor the next day. After some investigation found same problem as Don. Drained the overflow and pumped out about a gallon out of each tank. No problems since.
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Old 04-01-2016, 06:39 AM   #4
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Gas expands pretty fast as it gets warmer. If you fill your tanks in the cooler morning or evening temperatures you need to leave some room for it to expand.

As a matter of curiosity, does your owners manual have a warning agaist fill your tanks beyond the auto shutoff activating.

My son learned the hard way that his owners manual for his Mustang had another reason for that warning, somewhere along the way he picked up the habit of topping up his tank. It was all grins and giggles until he had to get a tow to a dealer, for them to run the diagnostics and find he screwed up some of the emissions stuff.
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When a gas tank is force fed the overflow gasoline vents through the charcoal canister and therefore destroys said canister.
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:55 PM   #6
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That reminds me, I haven't added gas in two years. Time to run the genny and change the oil.
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When a gas tank is force fed the overflow gasoline vents through the charcoal canister and therefore destroys said canister.
That was one of the problems, can't remember what else it was that had to be replaced.

Just one of them life lessons that my son had to learn.
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As a matter of curiosity, does your owners manual have a warning agaist fill your tanks beyond the auto shutoff activating.
If I did that on my Voltage I would only get maybe ten gallons in it.
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If I did that on my Voltage I would only get maybe ten gallons in it.

Mile,

I know how that works, I had an old Ford pickup that wouldn't let you pump any faster than the low notch on the pump nozzle. Try and go anything above that and it would shut off.
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