Almost messed up this morning

Actually I did mess up a little bit - sure could have been worse.

Low on gas and in a hurry this morning, went to fill up, opened up the flap and started to open the gas cap when I noticed the whole gasket area was full of rainwater from the storm last night.
Didn’t completely remove the cap, but enough to be concerned. Fished around in the toolbox looking for some baling wire, luckily found some and poked it down the drain tube. Rainwater drained away and I got the muck out of bottom as best as I could for the time being.

When I removed the gas cap, there was about 2 or 3 inches of water sitting on top of the inner flap - thank god there was an inner metal seal or I’d be screwed. Got a rag and wicked the water out of the filler pipe, finishing off with some paper towels.
Satisfied I’d got most, if not almost all of the water out, I filled the tank. Thought about getting some methyl alcohol later but remembered having some alcohol in the door pocket (covid thing, right) so put about an ounce or so in for good measure… what crossed my mind though was that gas these days is laced with ethanol so maybe water in the fuel ain’t such a big deal? Don’t know. Belt and suspenders approach was my solution.
Car seems fine after the experience but must check after heavy weather …the drain doesn’t block THAT often, but it does block.
Note to self - remember to check before opening gas cap!! :-1:

Good reminder for us all, Larry. I always check.that drain when I wash the car, and carry a coil of plastic weed trimmer line in the toolbox in my trunk (boot). The line is long enough to extend past the end of the drain hose that exits beneath the car.

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Huh! That was a close one Larry but you managed to save the day. :+1:t2:

Lads, I always check too, but for some reason I didn’t and it only takes one time … :roll_eyes:

I’ve been there and done that myself Larry. I usually make a point of checking under the flap after heavy rain but the one time I didn’t I found it full of water at the petrol station as I went to fill up. It was right up to the top of the filler neck, I quickly screwed the cap back tight and used a piece of guitar gut string I keep in the boot to clear it. I don’t know how much water managed to seep in, I was heading for a 160 mile round trip and it was on my mind all day but luckily the car ran fine.

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In my neck of the woods (Southwest Missouri USA) ethanol-free premium (91 octane) fuel is available and that is what I use, so keeping water out of the tank is perhaps even more important.

I run basic cheapest regular (and have done for years with no ill effects) after spending great gobs of cash on premium during my first few years of ownership.
Seems to make no difference to the way she runs. Plenty of oomph and never a ping.

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