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What Does the Tiny Arrow Next to the Gas Gauge Symbol on Your Dashboard Mean

99.9 KTDY
99.9 KTDY
 2021-11-28

The next time you find yourself checking your car’s gas gauge, notice the tiny arrow near the gas pump symbol on your dashboard. Ever wonder what that means?

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What does the arrow next to the gas pump symbol on your car’s dashboard mean?

Most cars have an arrow. It’ to tell you what side the gas cap and flap are on the car so that you know what side of the car you should place near the gas pumps when pulling into a gas station. If the arrow points left, you will need to put the driver’s side of your car nearest the pumps. If the arrow points right, you will need to have the driver’s side of the car nearest the gas pump.

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Why should you never top off your car’s gas tank?

It is also important to never top off your vehicle’s gasoline level. Once the pump shuts off, don’t try to add any more gasoline to your car’s tank.

Your vehicle is designed with a carbon filter/canister in the tank that is designed only to catch vapor. When you top off your gas tank the filter gets filled with gasoline and can’t do its job. This process will also kill the life of the filter.

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Why does fuel octane matter?

Make sure you use the right fuel octane level in your vehicle. This will give your engine what it needs for optimal performance and life. Check near the gas cap or owner’s manual for the manufacture’s recommendation. Octane levels are clearly printed on every gasoline pump so that you may make the proper selection.

Does speed play a role in gasoline consumption?

Of course, your speed plays a role in your vehicle’s gasoline consumption, but your tires do as well. Check your tire’s pressure periodically. Make sure they each have the manufacturer’s recommended pressure (always check the pressure when tires are cold). You can find the suggested tire pressure for front and back tires by checking the label found in the door well of the driver’s door or the car’s owner’s manual.

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Bryguy
11-28

it means the left is running the country and you can't afford gas but when it points to the right republicans are running the country and tank full

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NNut Butter
11-28

I've known about this since this 80s..lol. this is a millennial discovering something new and writing a 20-minute article about it probably put it on Tik Tok and everything else thinking their genius

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eagle1
11-28

The author must have just been made aware of this and feels compelled to inform the rest of the stupids of his class.

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