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    Cool-blue Rhythm Gas Gauge Symbols....

    I had a doubter or two of my recent claim in another thread. So I'm starting this thread in hopes of putting any doubts to rest and to inform those that had no idea of this for future gas encounters.

    I mentioned that it is a standard in the auto industry to place a symbol on our gas gauges to let us know what side of the vehicle the "gas cap" is on. To avoid confusion while pulling up to the pumps.

    There is a couple symbols and arrows or combination of / that they use.

    1] Most common is just a symbol of a gas pump "handle". If this is used the handle points towards the side the cap is on.

    2] Another is a symbol of a gas pump. If this is used whatever side the handle is pointing indicates the side of the gas cap.

    3] Another way is just an arrow which faces
    towards the side of the cap.

    4] And another is a combination of a gas pump or
    gas pump handle with the arrow also.

    Keep in mind that what side the symbols are on in
    the gauge has nothing to do with it. They could
    place the symbols anywhere on the gauge.

    So please check all the vehicles at your disposal and report back with your findings. And add in year make and model that way we can determine how much of a standard it is across the board and what year it was enacted.
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    2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner-has the words FUEL DOOR with an arrow pointing.
    2014 Subaru Outback-picture of a gas pump with an arrow.
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    2007 Subaru Outback - picture of a gas pump with an arrow pointing right

    2000 Dodge Dakota - The words FUEL DOOR with an arrow pointing left
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    Gas Gauge Symbols....

    DJ-you are full of interesting knowledge. I've never noticed that arrow before.

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    2005 Ford Excursion v10 has this:

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    Had an '04 Subaru STI with the arrow printed to the side of the gas cap..

    '02 Mazda Progete5 with no the arrow and handle is on opposite side of gas cap.

    '04 Honda Element with no arrow and handle on opposite side of gas cap

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    Quote Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
    Had an '04 Subaru STI with the arrow printed to the side of the gas cap..

    '02 Mazda Progete5 with no the arrow and handle is on opposite side of gas cap.

    '04 Honda Element with no arrow and handle on opposite side of gas cap
    Remember whatever side the hose is coming out of the pump is the side the tank is on. Or if it's just the handle symbol the handle points towards the side the gas cap is on.
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    What happens if you have an old car that has the cap under the license plate. Where does it point then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    What happens if you have an old car that has the cap under the license plate. Where does it point then?
    It doesn't matter where you pull up to the pump because you can fuel from either side. This design in my eyes has alway's been the best. But the reason they got away from it is due to the higher safety standards of today. Those old cars with that design have a higher chance of blowing up or catching fire being hit from behind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    What happens if you have an old car that has the cap under the license plate. Where does it point then?
    Ha yes! I once rented a Jeep in Hawaii, and first time I went to get gas, I spent ages looking for the tank. It was behind the license plate. Luckily another owner cam by and pointed it out to me... stoopid tourist!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    Ha yes! I once rented a Jeep in Hawaii, and first time I went to get gas, I spent ages looking for the tank. It was behind the license plate. Luckily another owner cam by and pointed it out to me... stoopid tourist!
    And like I said above it doesn't matter with that design where you pull up to the pump. And RC with all your traveling and renting different cars all the time this information should help you out the most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    It doesn't matter where you pull up to the pump because you can fuel from either side. This design in my eyes has alway's been the best. But the reason they got away from it is due to the higher safety standards of today. Those old cars with that design have a higher chance of blowing up or catching fire being hit from behind.
    aww that would make the accident so much cooler with an explosion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deke505 View Post
    aww that would make the accident so much cooler with an explosion.
    Yes nothing like the boring cars of today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    And like I said above it doesn't matter with that design where you pull up to the pump. And RC with all your traveling and renting different cars all the time this information should help you out the most.
    I cannot deny this is a help DJ! Now if I could only find my reading glasses and put them on as I pull into the gas station, I'll be OK
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    2002 Suby Outback: Fuel Door >

    Extra credit to DJ for spelling it "gauge" instead of the seemingly prevalent "gage"

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    Quote Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
    Had an '04 Subaru STI with the arrow printed to the side of the gas cap..

    '02 Mazda Progete5 with no the arrow and handle is on opposite side of gas cap.

    '04 Honda Element with no arrow and handle on opposite side of gas cap
    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Remember whatever side the hose is coming out of the pump is the side the tank is on. Or if it's just the handle symbol the handle points towards the side the gas cap is on.
    If I may clarify what DJ is saying here, it's not the direction the spout of the handle points but the direction the handle points, is that correct DJ?

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    well this guy is stuffed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    2002 Suby Outback: Fuel Door >

    Extra credit to DJ for spelling it "gauge" instead of the seemingly prevalent "gage"
    Thank's but don't gauge my character on this alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Remember whatever side the hose is coming out of the pump is the side the tank is on. Or if it's just the handle symbol the handle points towards the side the gas cap is on.
    Both my cars have the symbol like this, with the hose on the right side of the pump, yet the gas cap is on the driver's side (left).

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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    well this guy is stuffed.

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    That is an aftermarket gauge Mr. and not a factory installed version. I would suggest getting YO ass to the petro station pronto though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
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    Both my cars have the symbol like this, with the hose on the right side of the pump, yet the gas cap is on the driver's side (left).
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    Quote Originally Posted by emu26 View Post
    If I may clarify what DJ is saying here, it's not the direction the spout of the handle points but the direction the handle points, is that correct DJ?
    Yes, I said it wrong the handle points to the side the gas cap is on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
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    Both my cars have the symbol like this, with the hose on the right side of the pump, yet the gas cap is on the driver's side (left).
    Sorry for the confusion what I meant was the direction the handle is pointing in is the side the gas cap is on. So your symbols are correct pointing to the drivers side.
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    Re: Gas Gauge Symbols....

    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    2002 Suby Outback: Fuel Door >

    Extra credit to DJ for spelling it "gauge" instead of the seemingly prevalent "gage"
    Either is commonly accepted. Kind of like gasses and gases. Free dictionary.com among others show gage as a device that measures quantity.

    No idea in the world if my truck has any sort of gas cap location indicator. If all the pumps are taken that my truck would normally pull up to I simply use the other ones and stretch those across the bed, problem solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    Either is commonly accepted. Kind of like gasses and gases. Free dictionary.com among others show gage as a device that measures quantity.

    No idea in the world if my truck has any sort of gas cap location indicator. If all the pumps are taken that my truck would normally pull up to I simply use the other ones and stretch those across the bed, problem solved.
    So your one of those guy's.
    Those people are usually 16 year old girls clueless on what side to pull up to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    I'm with snopes on this one

    sounds like one of those old people emails that goes around

    snopes.com: Gas Pump Icon and Fuel Door
    Did you notice they didn't mention the direction the handle is facing. Snopes is just another internet shit starter.
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    DJ, in my experience, Snopes is usually spot on.

    However, I think they missed the mark on this one. I'm going to start checking everyone's car at work. I'll report my findings.
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    What if you have an electric car and there is no gas gauge?

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    I just checked the gas guage on my....

    F22 Raptor. It does not have an arrow or an indicator.

    Neither does my other car. But it shoots bullets faster than it can drink fuel!
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    Toyota Altezza (Japanese Spec Lexus AS200)
    Petrol cap (as we call it way down in these parts) on left side.

    Gas Gauge Symbols....-image.jpgGas Gauge Symbols....-image.jpg

    Thanks DJ for giving me somewhere to post those photos.
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    Thats interesting... I'm going to have to check the Fusion and f-150 .... Oh incase you didnt know. Thanksgiving day is also my Birthday.... just so you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    Thats interesting... I'm going to have to check the Fusion and f-150 .... Oh incase you didnt know. Thanksgiving day is also my Birthday.... just so you know.
    What a surprise I bet only half the planet knew it was your birthday. Keep an eye out for the gift I sent. 5 bobbers and some split shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    What if you have an electric car and there is no gas gauge?
    If that's the case, then you need to share what ever it is you are smoking with me, cuz pulling up to a gas pump to fill up an electric car is something probably done when 'all high'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    What if you have an electric car and there is no gas gauge?



    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    If that's the case, then you need to share what ever it is you are smoking with me, cuz pulling up to a gas pump to fill up an electric car is something probably done when 'all high'.
    That would be a scene in a modern day Cheech and Chong movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    a modern day Cheech and Chong movie.
    "Modern Day" Cheech and Chong is like an Oxymoron.... without the Oxy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbucket View Post
    "Modern Day" Cheech and Chong is like an Oxymoron.... without the Oxy.
    Seeing how I can't stop modern day mail mid flow. When you receive the birthday gift I mailed out just mark on it "return to sender".

    If there's a little box questioning reason, just add in your above insulting post.
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    Wow this is something I had no idea of and have never noticed that on my gauge. 2007' Toyota 4 Runner it has a gas pump and and arrow pointing to the drivers side. Same side as the gas cap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegweed View Post
    2004 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner-has the words FUEL DOOR with an arrow pointing.
    2014 Subaru Outback-picture of a gas pump with an arrow.
    Wife's:

    2008 Scion xB-arrow pointing left, pump hose on the right.
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    My F 350 does not have a gas gauge.

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    My fingers are too greasy from eating fried chicken to go out and check my gas gauge.

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    Pull my finger if you want to check out my gas gauge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
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    Both my cars have the symbol like this, with the hose on the right side of the pump, yet the gas cap is on the driver's side (left).
    Same here.

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    Doesn't that confirm the myth? If your gas cap is on the left side, you want to pull up to the right side of the pump. If your gas cap was on the right side of the car, you would pull up to the left side of the pump.

    Like so....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Same here.
    Cap on left and handle pointing to the left, this is correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by net wurker View Post
    Doesn't that confirm the myth? If your gas cap is on the left side, you want to pull up to the right side of the pump. If your gas cap was on the right side of the car, you would pull up to the left side of the pump.

    Like so....
    It's as simple as what ever the gas pump handle is pointing to, that's the side your cap is on
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    It's as simple as what ever the gas pump handle is pointing to, that's the side your cap is on
    OK DJ, I finally looked at my gas gauge. It has a gas pump with the hose/nozzle on the right side and an arrow on the other side pointing left. This confuses me as to it's really not clear as to which side the fuel door is on and I'd better get this figured out soon because I just passed 77,777 miles today so I must be running on fumes by now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    OK DJ, I finally looked at my gas gauge. It has a gas pump with the hose/nozzle on the right side and an arrow on the other side pointing left. This confuses me as to it's really not clear as to which side the fuel door is on and I'd better get this figured out soon because I just passed 77,777 miles today so I must be running on
    fumes by now...
    That's some pretty good, but not great mind you,
    gas mileage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    It's like the I before E rule

    It's right except when it's wrong
    Just saying....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    the wife's car

    just sayin

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    Gas cap on right side of car. Ths arrow overcede's the gas pump symbol. The arrow is the newest of the symbols added by the industry and is often by itself or in conjunction with one of the other symbols. When the arrow is used it points to the side the cap is on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    2002 Suby Outback: Fuel Door >

    Extra credit to DJ for spelling it "gauge" instead of the seemingly prevalent "gage"
    You mean it's not 'gaij'????
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