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BrianE
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Just had an interesting thing happen after 18 years of Caterham ownership.  I went to Costco this morning to fill up and the fuel nozzle would not fit into the fuel filler, the flap valve was simply too small.

 

I normally fill up with non-ethanol at another station, with no problem, but given today is Sunday it was closed.  Has anyone else experienced this and is there a known workaround?  I'm not planning on carrying a funnel with me to fill up the car.

 

Thank you.

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A diesel pump nozzle is 15/16". The gasoline and ethanol blend nozzle is 13/16". It is possible they installed the wrong nozzle for the fuel to be pumped but I think it would be remedied quickly if nobody can use the pump. If they got that wrong, I'm not sure I trust what would come out of any of their pumps.

 

 

 

 

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That makes sense but I doubt that's the case as this particular Costco does not sell diesel.  Thank you for the reply all the same.

 

Next time I go to Costco, I'm taking a pair of calipers to measure the nozzle!

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any resolution?

 

on the subject of pumping fuel, I did catch a wad of chewing gum in my nozzle before I pumped.

The State pump calibration truck had just finished working on my pump when I was the next to use it.  the service man/technician/idiot/whatever,  was working on the next pump ahead of me.

So, being the friendly guy I am, I asked him about his rig and what it was, etc.  There was something odd about his demeanor, he seemed nervous and  uncomfortable.

On a whim, I checked the nozzle and found the gum.

I doubt that gum would have been there throughout the calibration process. 

 

I check now,  every time.

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5 hours ago, IamScotticus said:

any resolution?

 

on the subject of pumping fuel, I did catch a wad of chewing gum in my nozzle before I pumped.

The State pump calibration truck had just finished working on my pump when I was the next to use it.  the service man/technician/idiot/whatever,  was working on the next pump ahead of me.

So, being the friendly guy I am, I asked him about his rig and what it was, etc.  There was something odd about his demeanor, he seemed nervous and  uncomfortable.

On a whim, I checked the nozzle and found the gum.

I doubt that gum would have been there throughout the calibration process. 

 

I check now,  every time.

No resolution other than going to another station!  Mentioned it to a friend of mine , who is in the petroleum industry, and he said they probably got replacement nozzles and an incorrect one got mixed up in the batch.  Do those nozzles wear out?!

 

Interesting about the gum.  Hard to believe that's part of the calibration process!  Something else to check for now.

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