Winter wisdom: fill on a half

@FayeHazel (16496)
United States
January 12, 2017 6:44pm CST
Fill on a half , winter wisdom - As winter has settled in on us I find that it is wise to fill my car's gas tank when it's hits a half.  Not only is this easier on your fuel pump - it also prevents situations like the following.  -- I had been lazy, it was cold outside and my car was down to running on fumes.  Finally I pulled in to a gas station.  I fit the fuel door release, and was getting ready to put gas in and low and behold... the fuel door wouldn't open.  I tried for a few minutes at the pump and then realized I must look crazy.  I pulled away tried so many things, the fuel door release inside the trunk, prying in it with a pocket knife, keys and other assorted items, pounding on it.  Nothing helped.  So I made it home and my dad and I worked on it.  The cold had frozen the spring release shut.  We got it, finally my wedging a knife in there and doing some slight modifications.  However if you fill on a half at least you will have enough gas to get to where you're going incase you should befall something like this. Photo: Mine
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
13 Jan 17
Yeah, I did that once when we first moved here. I didn't know any better.
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@FayeHazel (16496)
• United States
13 Jan 17
Where did you move from? I know, amazing what havoc winter can wreck, isn't it?
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@teamfreak16 (40502)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
13 Jan 17
@FayeHazel - I am originally from Nevada.
@louievill (18114)
• Philippines
13 Jan 17
I am imagining the situation if you did not have gas, good thing we do not have winter
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@FayeHazel (16496)
• United States
13 Jan 17
Ah I would love to experience no winter
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@louievill (18114)
• Philippines
13 Jan 17
@FayeHazel you might not like it when it gets hot.
@shaggin (36275)
• United States
13 Jan 17
I had never thought of this happening so excellent advice to others in your writing this! Keeping a tank on half full will keep you from running out of gas and freezing out in the cold.
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@FayeHazel (16496)
• United States
13 Jan 17
Ah yes, exactly, happy I could help with the idea
@Kandae11 (35093)
13 Jan 17
Yes, one has to plan carefully during the winter.
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@FayeHazel (16496)
• United States
13 Jan 17
Winter always seems to add that little extra layer of precaution
@jstory07 (65293)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Jan 17
I used to fill my car when it hit freezing weather outside. That way you always have enough gas to warm your car up.
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@FayeHazel (16496)
• United States
13 Jan 17
Wise idea
@TRBRocks420 (73789)
• Banks, Oregon
13 Jan 17
Oh dang I hate it when that happens glad you got it open finally.
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@FayeHazel (16496)
• United States
13 Jan 17
Ah thanks, I was panicing.... I was on fumes
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@Gillygirl (17278)
• Sutton, England
15 Jan 17
Lucky you got it going again. It's not happened to me but I'll know what to do when it does.