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Old 01-02-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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We were at a gas station today and it was really busy. Cars were lined up, some backing in, some pulling through, facing each other, etc. It was really kind of crazy. Some cars had tanks on the right, while others had tanks on the left. It got me thinking...was it always this way in the past? When I was a kid, a lot of the doors were behind the license plate and it didn't matter how you pulled into the station. Today it seemed very chaotic. Is there a reason why it is placed on one side or another? Would it be easier if all cars had the door on the same side, or would that be just another unecessary control? Just wondering.
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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It would make it easier. At one time, the fuel fill cap was behind the license plate on some cars. I like mine on the passenger side. No chance of hitting the door on the pumps when getting out the car.
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Old 01-02-2010, 03:16 PM
 
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Persoanlly i like it to be on the driversside;much easier to judge the closeness of the pumps IMO. Here sations allow you to pll in on either edn from the pump :i relly casn't ay I ever had only one entrnce allowed.Alot of those old veheicles with the filler behind the license palte also had the tank exposed to collision from the rear;which wasn't good.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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68 Ford Galaxie was on the left side.
Pick ups used to be right behind the driver's side door, tank behind the seat.
I may be wrong but I think Ford kept most of their fill caps on the side while GM and Chrysler went to the behind license plate location. Safety regs took that away.

Look at about 30 seconds in.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oq4Bp...eature=related
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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. Here sations allow you to pll in on either edn from the pump :i relly casn't ay I ever had only one entrnce allowed.\
That's the way it was today. You could pull in from either side, and people were waiting in line from either side. After waiting, I pulled up in my Ford Mustang w/ my tank on the left and the Explorer was pulling up w/ his tank on the right.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:57 PM
 
Location: The land of Chicago
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I prefer it on the right
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:03 PM
 
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My truck is the first vehicle I have had where the filler door is on the side. I love having them behind the license plate... it's the best way IMO.
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Old 01-02-2010, 05:25 PM
 
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Ever watch someone pull up to the pump and get out of their car only to find the filler door on the other side of the car? Then they get in and turn the car around but come up on the other side of the pump only to have the same situation.

Here's the '56 Chevy fuel filler location. The driver's side taillight was on a hinge.
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Ever watch someone pull up to the pump and get out of their car only to find the filler door on the other side of the car? Then they get in and turn the car around but come up on the other side of the pump only to have the same situation.
That's called Free Gas Station Entertainment, Gimme.

Experts claim the hose on the "gas tank icon" on the dash is supposed to designate which side the filler is on . . . works on my old Jeep but not on my 2005 Chevy, GO FIGURE.

I believe safety concerns and regulations plus frequent leakage created the end of fillers being located behind the rear license plate.
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:32 PM
 
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I always wondered why it mattered. Here in Hong Kong, the pump line is long enough to reach the far side of the car and all gas stations are one way.
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