There are plenty of ways to put gas in your car. However, you need to be very careful because the whole process is fraught with hazards, and there is a big chance that a fire might break out if you are not careful.
In most cases, all you have to do is to open up the gas tank, put the pipe in, and let it fill up. However, what if you have just a can with a round opening and want to fill up the gas?
In that case, to avoid any spillage, the best option available to you is to make use of a funnel. But not many people carry funnels in their car readily, so filling up the gas can seem to be a bit of a problem.
As mentioned, the actual process of pouring the gas from a can into the tank will not be a problem, but care needs to be taken to ensure that it doesn’t spill. Otherwise, the gas could easily catch on fire, and could lead to a serious issue as well.
You already know that gasoline is incredibly flammable, so it’s important that you keep all gas cans away from any heat sources.
So, if you don’t have a funnel for your car, what can you do to fill up the tank? Here are a few simple tips that will help you fill up the gas tank.
Using a Gas Can
Gas cans are specially designed containers for loading up with gas. These are thicker than most other plastic containers and designed to be as fire-resistant as possible.
More importantly, gas cans also have a special spout in the front. It’s a gap with an elongated pipe, which you can remove when you want to fill up the can with gas.
Most other gas tanks have two separate openings; one with a spout and the other designed for filling up the can.
If you have a gas can, filling up the tank without a funnel is not going to be a problem. The first thing you need to do is pop the gas lid open. Unscrew it and keep it on the top of the car, or just let it hang from the side of the vehicle.
Secondly, you need to open the nozzle from the top of the gas can.
Most older cans were made from metal, and are a bit heavy to carry around. Newer gas cans are usually made from plastic and are red in color. They all come with non-spill nozzles and are designed to prevent any kind of spillage.
If you want, you can buy a smaller can, usually one with a five gallon storage. There are smaller ones available too that you can choose from.
Now comes the hard part. You need to position the nozzle of the gas can and place it into the tank of your car. Then, you need to make sure that the nozzle from the can is firmly inside the opening.
Gently raise the can up ever so slightly to allow the gas to move into the tank. You need to be a bit careful when pouring the gas in to prevent any kind of overflow.
If you tip the can over in the hopes of filling up the tank quickly, there is a pretty strong risk of creating overflow, which could cause spillage all over the side of the car. You definitely don’t want that!
When you are done filling up the tank, you need to set the gas can down and then replace the cap on top of the nozzle properly.
Finally, replace the gas cap on the lid of your car, and make sure it is sealed as tightly as possible. Now, you are done. If you are going to keep the gas can at your place, you need to make sure that the can is locked as tightly as possible.
Secondly, always keep it in a cool and dry environment, away from any kinds of fire hazards or safety risks.
Capless Fuel System
If your car has capless refueling, you will be able to fill it without a funnel as well. For starters, you don’t have to worry about any gas cap; you just need to open up the fuel door, push in the nozzle, and you are good to go.
Many manufacturers are now switching over to this method because it’s considerably foolproof and not easy to tamper with.
Basically, you should know that in a capless fuel system, there is a nozzle that is usually spring-loaded, and snaps into place whenever you are done filling up your car.
However, if you are going to fill up your car using a capless fuel system, you need to understand that the best method to use is a gas can, or fill it up directly using the fuel nozzle.
Otherwise, the capless system will remain firmly in place, and you won’t be able to pry it open.
Ideally, putting gas in your car without a funnel is a terrible idea. It could cause leakages and could lead to a major fire hazard. You need to make sure that you prevent this from happening.
Thankfully, there are now a number of different methods that you can use to fill up your car.
If you don’t have a funnel but want to fill up, you can just take the car directly to the fuel station, and they will fill it up for you. You can also use the nozzle direct from the gas machine to fill up your car.
If not, the gas can is a viable and inexpensive option. The nozzle built on the gas can is suitable for making sure that there is no spillage anywhere, so it’s an excellent tool that you can use when filling up the gas in your car.
These are just a few simple ways to put gas in your car without using a funnel.
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