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Old 03-11-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: California
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It has happened to my son ( twice) and his girlfriends car (once). Apt living at its best. And it's a GOOD neighborhood!
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Old 03-16-2011, 07:19 PM
 
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I believe most cars made in the last 12 years or more have a ball in the fill tube in case of a turn over and spill that will prevent a siphon hose from being put down to steal your gas I know my 94 Dakota has this system.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Earth
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Sugar is a common ingredient used by those who want to really mess up someones car.
The car will run (maybe not well) but when it is shut off and cools down the sugar residue will harden and lock up cylinders, valves, etc.
Sugar in the fuel tank might at best plug up the fuel filter or worse the fuel injectors, but won't lock up the cylinders, valves, etc as you have pointed out...

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Cordless drill to the bottom of tank - we get all kinds of stories from people.
Anyone who uses a drill to drill thru a tank to steal fuel is beyond stupid. They must have forgotten that electric drill motors do emit small arcs of sparks when in motion, and a small spark is all that is needed to ignite fuel vapors, which will be present once they drill thru and the fuel starts pouring out. Next we'll be hearing about lawsuits of a thief that received 3rd degree burns while under someone's car because he was trying to steal their fuel.

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But it DOES happen...................
Tanks Under Attack: Gas Theft Evolves - ABC News
And of interest, that used cooking oil is now being stolen...interesting because a few short years ago the restaurants had to PAY to have used cooking oil hauled off. Now it appears it's like gold to them and their cashing in on it.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:40 PM
 
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Its a PITA..... Maybe when its MadMax time I'll get one lol
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Old 03-20-2011, 12:19 AM
 
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Sugar in the fuel tank might at best plug up the fuel filter or worse the fuel injectors, but won't lock up the cylinders, valves, etc as you have pointed out...

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I wouldn't want sugar or anything else except gas in my tank so that's why I take the extra precaution with a locking gas cap. Now I realize someone might be able to break the cap and then put something in there but at least I'll see the broken cap and KNOW FOR SURE someone either had stolen my gas or put something in the tank. Then I would have to take further precautions at that time and I couldn't tell you what they might be because it wouldn't be worth worrying about until or if the time ever came.
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