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What side of your car is your gas tank located?

January 19th, 2008

It doesn’t matter how long you have been driving… but I am sure you do not know this trick. The little gas pump icon that denotes the fuel gauge on your car’s dashboard has really interesting hidden meaning, and it’s really useful too!

Before we go further, one quick question first; what side of your car is your gas tank located? If you are anything like me, you probably can’t remember right away. My solution is to uncomfortably stick my head out the window, strain my neck and look. If you don’t do this in your own car you are most certainly have done it in a borrowed or rental car. Right or not?

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Look at the gas gauge icon more clearly. The handle of the gas pump extends out on either the left or right side of the pump. Do you know that if your gas tank is on the left, the handle will be on the left. If your gas tank is on the right, the handle will be on the right?!! What an amazing discovery! 🙂

Now please forward this page to all you know to share the world’s best kept auto secret with your friends as this is information is way too important to be kept a secret!

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  1. January 19th, 2008 at 20:42 | #1

    Where got people put their petrol kiosk upside down? Refer the pic on the left. Bad photoshop perhaps?

    My tank is on the hand side but the handle is on the right. So, this best-kept-auto-secret is busted!!

  2. January 20th, 2008 at 04:49 | #2

    this is not true for kelisas-well, not for mine, at least…

    i got this in a forwarded email, and thought “wow, ppl are kinda smart these days”.

    Then i got into my car….

  3. Ribl
    January 20th, 2008 at 06:45 | #3

    I drive the Mercedes C of my parents. The gas gauge is not left to right/right to left but up and down. And I think there’s no gas tank on the roof or under the car 😛

  4. LinSue
    January 23rd, 2008 at 20:10 | #4

    This ‘tip’ didn’t apply to my Honda or Lexus either. Wish it had though…I wanted to have a ‘secret.’

  5. Driver
    January 28th, 2008 at 10:56 | #5

    All bull man… no such thing… but i would prefer such thing to be indicated in our car tho.. something car makers should look into

  6. January 29th, 2008 at 16:01 | #6

    Well, I think this is officially busted, since my Mazda’s gas tank is on the left side of the car, and the icon has it on the right.

    Maybe it’s actually the opposite of what Maria has written, since if the icon has it on the right, i have to drive to the right of the gas island in order to get the tank side (left) to the pump.

  7. January 31st, 2008 at 21:34 | #7

    I’d delete this tip before further embarrassment ensues. It didn’t work on a U-Haul rental truck either.

    Luckily my car actually implicitly states where the tank fill is.

  8. Person
    February 3rd, 2008 at 19:37 | #8

    Judging by the diagrams and everyone’s responses it would make more sense if it was the other way round.

  9. peter
    February 11th, 2008 at 02:07 | #9

    i drive a toyota MR2. My gas indicator runs up and down, sooo…you should probably just delete this post

  10. Angi
    February 11th, 2008 at 14:01 | #10

    I got the same email and checked my van, and the gas tank is on the left yet the nozzle in the picture is on the right lol

  11. Angi
    February 11th, 2008 at 14:03 | #11

    What about cars where the gas tank is at the rear? My father in law still has one of those type of cars lmao

  12. J
    February 22nd, 2008 at 15:42 | #12

    why is everybody pointing out their gas gauge is up and down? It has nothing to do with the GAS GAUGE. It’s the GAS ICON. Looks at the ICON and see which direction the gas pump is point to. That’s the side the gas door is on.

  13. Jo
    February 26th, 2008 at 10:23 | #13

    Hey.. juz so you guys know.. the image is different in different countries.
    For some countries, beside the image, there will be a small triangle by the side. The triangle is the arrow indicating the side of your gas door.

  14. howard
    May 12th, 2008 at 08:19 | #14

    On the Honda in particular, the clue is not what side the “hose” is on. The clue is the gas tank icon itself. If the gas tank picture is to the left of the fuel gauge, then you fuel on the left. If the picture is to the right of the gauge, then you fuel on the right.

  15. lou
    July 22nd, 2008 at 13:20 | #15
  16. December 2nd, 2008 at 09:09 | #16

    Our Kia Carens has its gas tank on the left side. However, the gas pump icon has the handle on the right side but it has an arrow on the left side pointing to the left side.

  17. December 8th, 2008 at 22:17 | #17

    Well, I beg to differ, I have a Honda Pilot, the gas tank shows with the handle on the right, toward the passenger side, but in fact my gas tank is on the left, driver side.

  18. Lisa
    December 23rd, 2008 at 16:58 | #18

    I believe in the US all the hose’s are on the right side no matter what side the tank is on. This works in the UK I have heard though.

  19. ajk
    February 15th, 2010 at 07:26 | #19

    ok, heres a secret for u guys.

    If you drive a European car of any sort, your gas tank/handle will be on the right side of your car. If you drive an american car you, your gas tank/handle will be on the left side of your car. (exception: hummer H1 gas tank/handle is on right side of car) If you drive a japanese cars, your gas tank/handle will also be on the left side of your car.

  20. Civicracer2319
    June 2nd, 2011 at 22:51 | #20

    I think many of u (not all) need to pay a little better attention to the article its not neccasarily the location of ur gas gauge its wat side the little hose is on ur little gas station icon. If ur gas gauge does go up to down maby u still have a little icon for a gas light? And usualy if a car has an arrow to indicate the side the handles on then the hose is on the right by default. And for all the
    Haters who have somthing negative to say about my post dont waste ur time ill probably never be on here again. Hope it helped.

  21. jesse riddle
    December 6th, 2011 at 21:42 | #21

    Wrong. I’m in a Mitsubishi gallant. Had tank is driver side, icon has right side.

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