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Fuel pump nozzle trapped in capless filler

Today I filled up at a neighborhood BP and when the tank was filled I found I could not remove the pump nozzle.

I tried pulling with more force (the filler neck moved out), rotating it, pushing it further in, and dispensing a bit more fuel. None of these approaches worked. Finally, after several minutes of reenacting The Sword in the Stone, I pulled it loose without excessive force.

Has anyone else experienced this? If so, is there a certain trick I can use next time?

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Old 11-14-2014, 02:37 PM
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Re: Fuel pump nozzle trapped in capless filler

Never had that problem but I am careful when inserting the nozzle in the capless fuel tank opening.
This was a typical low volume nozzle not the high volume one?
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Re: Fuel pump nozzle trapped in capless filler

If the nozzle has anything irregular on the end, the trap door could catch on it. You are lucky you got it out. I've that happen on a regular filler with cap. They still have trap doors.
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When I finally extricated it I did take a look at the end of the nozzle. I can't say I have made a habit of inspecting these in the past, but I didn't see anything that appeared odd.

I looked at the capless door as well. I wondered if the central divot/indentation in the door was always there or if the nozzle had done that. It seemed possible that something could snag that, I guess.

I guess I'll chalk it up as a freak occurrence and hope it doesn't happen again.
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Re: Fuel pump nozzle trapped in capless filler

Actually I had a moment with one at Southern Cross BP just recently. I didn't have the same level of problem you did, but I did get a surprise when it wouldn't come out immediately. I started rotating the nozzle with a bit of an erratic jiggle for good measure... using normal force to extract it... and it came out.

I thought that it was just the gods testing me on a freaking hot day ;-)

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Re: Fuel pump nozzle trapped in capless filler

When I experienced this the first time my thought was that it was the spiral around the nozzle that was catching on the rim opening of the filler neck.

I try not to insert the nozzle so deep to the point this catches. Also, I always lift up on the nozzle handle before attempting to pull the nozzle out. I've never had the problem since.
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Re: Fuel pump nozzle trapped in capless filler

I can't recall seeing the spiral spring around the nozzle in Australia recently. Unless I've just become totally unobservant, I think they are a thing of days past. From memory there are about three "lumps" along the bottom edge of the filler nozzle to hold it in place, though I'm not sure what the point is when hardly any pumps lock on these days... here you have to get a cramp holding the trigger. This is what I most miss about having a fuel cap, as it is a handy thing to jam in the trigger so you can go about cleaning the windscreen, checking the tyre pressures, making a phone call, having a smoke or just dicking about with matches.

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I can't recall seeing the spiral spring around the nozzle in Australia recently. Unless I've just become totally unobservant, I think they are a thing of days past. From memory there are about three "lumps" along the bottom edge of the filler nozzle to hold it in place, though I'm not sure what the point is when hardly any pumps lock on these days... here you have to get a cramp holding the trigger. This is what I most miss about having a fuel cap, as it is a handy thing to jam in the trigger so you can go about cleaning the windscreen, checking the tyre pressures, making a phone call, having a smoke or just dicking about with matches.
I keep a rolled up Velcro strap about 12" long in the fuel door compartment since half the pump handles have broken or removed locks. Just pull the trigger back and make a loop around with the strap to hold it on...viola! Works great.
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Re: Fuel pump nozzle trapped in capless filler

Not stupid. I think I have some velcro Cord Locks from my days of rock. I should throw one of those in.
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I can't recall seeing the spiral spring around the nozzle in Australia recently. Unless I've just become totally unobservant, I think they are a thing of days past. From memory there are about three "lumps" along the bottom edge of the filler nozzle to hold it in place, though I'm not sure what the point is when hardly any pumps lock on these days... here you have to get a cramp holding the trigger. This is what I most miss about having a fuel cap, as it is a handy thing to jam in the trigger so you can go about cleaning the windscreen, checking the tyre pressures, making a phone call, having a smoke or just dicking about with matches.

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Just the opposite of what I see around here. Of the rare times I find a nozzle with a missing spiral it's usually because it broke off. But... that's gas nozzles. Not sure about diesel nozzles because I don't have a diesel. LOL... can't argue with the rest of it.
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Yes, the nozzle in question had a spring. I'll think twice about using spring nozzles in the future.
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Yes, the nozzle in question had a spring. I'll think twice about using spring nozzles in the future.
Me too. That would be a nightmare to have the trapdoor latch onto that spiral spring. I guess a coat hanger could be probed into the neck and used to push the trapdoor free.
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