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Is it really dangerous to leave your engine running while pumping gas?
- Anonymous3 months agoFavorite Answer
People leave their car running a lot of times when pumping gas. Now how many fires/explosions do you know that happened because of this? So the ones who say it is so dangerous because the gas fumes may explode, well if fumes are that heavy guess what will happen when the spark producing car pulls in next to you. I have never in 50 + years ever heard of a problem leaving your car running.
- ugiidriverLv 73 months ago
This video was distributed by the American Petroleum Institute
This woman generates a static charge playing with her sweater, but fuel flowing in the hose and exhaust flowing in the tail pipe do also. When she touches the nozzle she becomes the ground path to the car.Source(s): https://youtu.be/T6VKxmUPb3g
- Anonymous3 months ago
We've done it once when truck had idling and charging problem. Attendant yelled, but no fire. Truck was too old to have a carbon canister etc, anyway. We got home, fixed it. I never tried it, again.
- fuzzyLv 73 months ago
actually ilegal to not shut off the engine in most places. Actual danger - minimal
- StephenWeinsteinLv 73 months ago
Yes, it is. Usually nothing happens, but sometimes the car can explode.
- 3 months ago
The danger is this when your engine is running gas from the carbon canister filters back into the gas tank. So it's forcing gasoline vapor out of the fuel filler neck. And then you walk over to the fuel filler neck and you touch it I don't care how careful you are you're going to create a microspark. And that ignites the vapor and now you've got a nasty fire. You stand far less of a chance of this happening if you turn your car off
- pondererLv 63 months ago
We live in the lawyer capitol of the world. The danger signs are to ward them off. If anything does happen from your sparking engine the signs have covered the stations rear. Don't think any one really cares for your safety.
- thebax2006Lv 73 months ago
When you pump gas with the motor running the vent valve doesn't open and you can flood the carbon canister with raw gasoline. Not a good idea.
- jimanddottaylorLv 73 months ago
Not really dangerous , but in theory a backfire could ignite gasoline fumes.
More likely you just waste a little gas, and pollute more around the gas pumps. Used to be that gas stations had artificial flowers around them because real ones did not grow well.
- princess pounderLv 73 months ago
I once drove across the entire nation without shutting my car off cause the starter was broken