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Old 05-13-2012, 11:14 AM   #1
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BEWARE: Car wash and Fuel door

Maybe this is old news, but I just ran my car through one of the automated washes today. It had the giant spinning cleaners, and a high powered blower that made the car shake (dryer). I pulled out onto the road and noticed this old lady driving really aggressively, and finally she honked and pointed; the car wash had opened the gas door. I hate to think about what got in there, but here's to hoping the car is alright. I'll have to find a good self service wash locally, as I don't have a driveway and hose to wash it.


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Old 05-13-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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1. This issue has been discussed in detail here already

2. Our fuel filler system has a bypass valve that dumps anything that enters it right onto the ground unless 2 levers on both sides of the filler tube are depressed. They are apx 1" down the tube and can only be activated by something the exact same dimensions as a fuel pump spout, like the plastic adapter we all have in our trunks.

3. So don't worry and be happy
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Ah thanks, that makes sense. I didn't notice it right away, and the engine is running just fine. Sorry if it's a duplicate topic, but this bug was new to me. I haven't looked much past the last few pages of threads in this section.
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Ah thanks, that makes sense. I didn't notice it right away, and the engine is running just fine. Sorry if it's a duplicate topic, but this bug was new to me. I haven't looked much past the last few pages of threads in this section.
Not a problem, you even told us you weren't sure if it was a duplicate thread. I didnt know about this until I went to put in a fuel additive and realized I was pissing it all over the ground at the gas station!
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:32 AM   #5
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Buy a locking fuel plug fom Ford if you are concerned. They dont have a listing for the focus yet but they are all the same. Just tell the parts you want it for a 2012 F 150 it will fit.
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Maybe this is old news, but I just ran my car through one of the automated washes today. It had the giant spinning cleaners, and a high powered blower that made the car shake (dryer). I pulled out onto the road and noticed this old lady driving really aggressively, and finally she honked and pointed; the car wash had opened the gas door. I hate to think about what got in there, but here's to hoping the car is alright. I'll have to find a good self service wash locally, as I don't have a driveway and hose to wash it.
We found out about this the hard way as well on our SE. The door was blown open so hard that it bent the hinge, preventing the door from closing properly. It was only afterwards that I discovered this forum and that the issue was a known problem, so thanks for the attempt to warn others.

In our case, the dealer replaced the door and hinge free of charge and we haven't been through a drive-through car wash since.
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Not a problem, you even told us you weren't sure if it was a duplicate thread. I didnt know about this until I went to put in a fuel additive and realized I was pissing it all over the ground at the gas station!

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Do you all attribute the problem with the fuel door to the wash brushes or the high powered dryers? I am considering using a "touch less" wash with jets and dryers and was wondering if people had experience with these types of car washes.
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I bought a locking gas cover right off. i like it. Works fine.
I am way too cheap to EVER pay for a car wash, so I guess I will nevr need to worry about that.
(In my indoor underground garage I can use a hose and rinse my car off.)
((I love living in a building with a closed in under the building garage, and will try hard to NEVER be renting anywhere where it could snow, without this luxury. Used one for the past 22 years.. it is the cats pajamas if it was snowing...))
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Do you all attribute the problem with the fuel door to the wash brushes or the high powered dryers? I am considering using a "touch less" wash with jets and dryers and was wondering if people had experience with these types of car washes.
Anything that puts a force on the door could open it so the brushes or the blower could open it. It doesn't take much to open the door!


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