changed the fuel filter on the olds today. this site has made me more aware of conservation, so i tried a "mod" on this endeavor.
usually, i just put rags and newspaper down to absorb the spillage. today, i had a measuring cup ready to catch it. both the bleeder valve(pressure valve) and filter/fuel line yielded close to 16 oz of what would normally be waste.
obviously the spilled gas was put back into the tank. this might be standard procedure for some of you, i just never thought to do it before. hopefully others will follow suit.
imagine 16 oz multiplied by millions of cars @ several services each over the life of each vehicle. okay, i admit i'm bored. but hey!, why not write about a way to conserve even if everyone won't do it.
well is it true some of the newer cars don't have fuel filters?
most Nissan cars don't have fuel filters, it's mainly the fuel sock on the pumpthat catches any big chunks. I've taken a few out 30k-80kmiles and the sock screen is a brown color vs a new white sock, but I don't notice any build up of dirt and most of the time the tank is clean at the bottom where dirt may build up. maybe they are getting rid of the cars fuel filter because most gas stations pump the fuel through a filter to get the big and small junk out. that would leave microscopic junk or any dirt that fell down your filler neck into the tank. I think the older days they just pumped it from the ground dumping rust/dirt right into the tank. also the tanks don't rust inside, lots of them are plastic tanks. mabey the gas station tanks are lined with plastic/or some kind of sealer???