Originally Posted by opus
The simple fix for the fuel splash back issue is to not put the nozzle all the way into the fill tube. HOLD it about 3" and let 'er go. You cant let it rest on the tube, it has to be suspend mid-tube. [emphasis added]
My tank is in the center of the frame and it has a warning about splash back.
It might be OK with diesel to not touch the tube, but not with gasoline. Gas flowing through the hose can build up static electricity, and spark to the vehicle could ignite the escaping vapor. Most of the time it doesn't, but it's possible that one day we could be the "somebody else" that it occasionally happens to.
At least with cars, we do not have to attach a static strap between the vehicle and the pump before using it like with aircraft. Static is also the reason why we are supposed to have gas cans sitting on the ground when filling them.
My wife's car has half a dozen twists and turns of the filler tube between between the cap and the tank. As a result, pumps kick off when the tank is filled to about 80% capacity (full on the gauge). I have to back the nozzles out to get the rest in, and if that pump has no slow speed, it wants to spit fuel back.
I am careful to rest the tip of the nozzle on the lower rim of the filler, and aim the stream
toward the middle of the tube. Chances are excellent that if I fail to ground the nozzle, it will not explode while I am filling the tank, but why risk it?
(Why do some people insist on having a cigarette in front of the "NO SMOKING" sign while pumping gasoline?