Car question of the day: Can you actually fill up with too much petrol?

The sound of the automatic switch-off on the fuel nozzle signals that the tank is full. Does it damage the car if you fill up even more?

At some point the automatic switch-off ends the refueling process. But if you have a very long distance to cover, for example, can you add a few more liters?

I’d rather not. First of all, manual filling usually doesn’t do much beyond the automatic switch-off, because often only a little additional fuel fits into the tank anyway. But there is a great danger that the fuel will spill over. And with it the risk of fuel escaping into the environment. It is therefore advisable to only fill in fuel until the dispenser’s automatic switch-off stops the refueling process.

Not enough Fuel can cost a fine

To fill up too little and get stuck on the open road is of course unpleasant. And what’s more: a completely empty tank doesn’t do the car any good. Experts even advise heading to the petrol station as soon as the tank is only a quarter full. Otherwise, in the worst case, you may even have to pay a fine. You’ll find more about it here.

Approach the gas pump on the right side

Practical tip: drive the Always approach the petrol pump from the side on which the fuel filler flap of the car is located. Otherwise the tank hose may be too short or have to be pulled out as far as it will go. Because neither the hose nor the car are always completely clean, annoying damage to the paintwork on the trunk lid or the rear section can quickly occur. In addition, the automatic locking mechanism of the fuel nozzle does not work properly if the hose has been twisted too far or is even kinked.

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