Discussion in 'Mech Tech' started by iblaze, Jul 4, 2019.
Bit cheaper on the pocket moony
Is a metal fuel can safer then....to carry I mean.
Just for anyone reading this with an Auto box you'll probably need to figure on 30-40% less miles I don't have one so I'm open to correction there.
Unfortunately correct, but I find second when I pull away every time!!
I’ve had two campers in the last 25 years, both 1979 models with 2 litre engines. The one I’ve got now is an auto and it does about 1 mpg less than the manual, averaging 22.5 mpg. That’s more like 4-5% difference.
Mind you I’ve gone through a bad patch lately when I got only 8.5 mpg, but I can’t blame the auto for that.
Modern cars have plastic petrol tanks because they are safer.
In a small collision, the tank deforms and returns in a situation where a steel tank splits at the seams.
Metal tanks rot out and get weaker. Plastic tanks remain the same.
In a major collision plastic tanks burst but so does the steel petrol tank.
Its why we dont all carry round clunky old jerry cans but instead use equally safe plastic cans these days.
My plastic petrol can for the lawnmower lived in the garden shed (shaded under trees) but still got warm. Expanded and split on the base seam soaking the shelves and floor below. I dont trust them anymore, and wouldnt keep one in the van unless empty. My tuppence for what its worth.
What does a vw have to do with carrying a fuel can??? I'm confused? Are you saying they're unsafe?? Have used both metal and plastic without problems! If a metal or plastic can splits on impact then it could be catastrophic if the vehicle is on fire
The plastic fuel cans were originally designed to be stored empty in a car....then if you needed petrol you could walk or get a lift to a service station and fill it....service stations don’t allow you to fill any old container.....then on returning to said car empty the contents in to the car.
They aren’t designed to be left with petrol in, and more vitally in my opinion, carried around in the passenger compartment of a car with fuel in...any vapour leak or worse a crash and you could have a terrible tragedy.
They are perfectly safe being used as intended, though should be left with lid off when not in use.
Metal ones are simply more robust, and potentially withstand local heat better, but I’d still not carry one with fuel in, in the passenger compartment of a car.
All this is petrol can shenanigans is irrelevant really ...
Don't run out of fuel - simplest...
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I happened to have this chunky big boy with me today
You can’t be too careful nowadays
But I was very careful where I placed it in my vehicle
Not much motorway driving around Brockenhurst today
I didn’t wanna be hit around the head with it so I made sure everyone kept their distance
And I only went 20 mph
Also I made sure I filled up the vehicle I was carrying it in didn’t run out
So I didn’t have to apply for a 2 mile exclusion zone
If I had to use the plastic funnel to fill up in case it melted and started a Forest fire
And I got into all sorts of difficulties and law suits
If only I’d mended my fuel gauge none of this sort of thing would of happened in the first place
I've always carried a full 5L plastic can, first in my Minis, and now in our Camper. Put away in the boot (mini) or under-seat cupboard (camper). Comes in handy now and then, and I empty it and refill anyway once or twice a year.
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