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#1 SParky77

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 09:53 PM

Hi,

 

This may sound like a silly question, but is there a technique to filling up a VX220?  I ask because everytime I fill it up when the pump clicks it then immediately overflows some from the filler onto the bodywork.  Doesn't give me chance to do anything about it.  Never had this happen with any other car in 25 years of driving.  Just wondered if the nozzle is meant to be inserted at a particular angle (oo-er missus), if I'm doing something wrong or more a problem with the car.  

 

Or perhaps the answer is never fill it to max.  Tried that last time, but then the click caught me off guard and, hey presto, overspill.

 

Thanks.

 

 


Edited by SParky77, 15 April 2020 - 09:56 PM.


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Posted 15 April 2020 - 10:28 PM

Are you sticking the nozzle right in?? You have to turn it upside down to get it right in and not foul the rear clam.

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Posted 15 April 2020 - 11:07 PM

I've not tried it all the way upside down, have tried it turned to the side.  As you say it's tricky given the shape of the clam around the filler is fiddly to not foul it.

 

Shall try upside down. Not something I have done before with any car but if that's the technique.

 

By the way, thumbs up on the Daimler in your footnote.  Do love a Daimler and Jag.  Got an '03 XKR myself, along with a '73 Beetle that is being restored.  It's nice to have different cars for different needs/occasions.  


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Posted 16 April 2020 - 07:25 AM

I hold the nozzle at about 8 o clock, putting my left hand under it flat to prevent it touching the clam.
That specific angle is working for me for 90% of the nozzles.
I keep a clean cloth nearby for the other 10%.
First click you hear is a warning shot. Any attempt to add another drop will practically guarantee spillage.

 

It's a funny little car.

 



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Posted 16 April 2020 - 07:38 AM

I hold the nozzle at about 8 o clock, putting my left hand under it flat to prevent it touching the clam.
That specific angle is working for me for 90% of the nozzles.
I keep a clean cloth nearby for the other 10%.
First click you hear is a warning shot. Any attempt to add another drop will practically guarantee spillage.

It's a funny little car.


What do I do if I need to fill the car up at midday? 🤣

I've had petrol fly out of the filler a couple of times - I just fill less than I need.

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 09:30 AM

 

What do I do if I need to fill the car up at midday? 🤣

 

 

You can't. That is a bit like feeding a gremlin after midnight.

 

Somebody did try it though.

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Edited by smiley, 16 April 2020 - 09:30 AM.


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Posted 16 April 2020 - 09:44 AM


What do I do if I need to fill the car up at midday? 🤣


You can't. That is a bit like feeding a gremlin after midnight.

Somebody did try it though.
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Noted, I'll avoid that. That looks like an excellent engine cooling solution though

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 07:24 PM

I've not tried it all the way upside down, have tried it turned to the side.  As you say it's tricky given the shape of the clam around the filler is fiddly to not foul it.

 

Shall try upside down. Not something I have done before with any car but if that's the technique.

 

By the way, thumbs up on the Daimler in your footnote.  Do love a Daimler and Jag.  Got an '03 XKR myself, along with a '73 Beetle that is being restored.  It's nice to have different cars for different needs/occasions.  

 

chinky chinky  thumbsup



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Posted 16 April 2020 - 07:25 PM

 

 

What do I do if I need to fill the car up at midday? 🤣

 

 

You can't. That is a bit like feeding a gremlin after midnight.

 

Somebody did try it though.

uitgebrand.jpg

 

 

Is that Joe's (Batman..)?



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Posted 16 April 2020 - 07:45 PM

 

Is that Joe's (Batman..)?

 

 

No, that would be this one.

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 07:58 PM



Is that Joe's (Batman..)?

No, that would be this one.
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Looks good with no screen...

Edited by myles, 16 April 2020 - 07:59 PM.


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Posted 17 April 2020 - 09:46 AM

I have never had a problem with overflow at all on mine.  Never go past the first click and hold the nozzle at around 4 o'clock to get it nice and deep in the tube.  If you've ever had the rear clam off you will see this puts the spout at approx the same angle as the filler neck thumbsup



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Posted 17 April 2020 - 11:50 AM

I was beginning to get concerned, as I've never had a problem either, turbo, not sure if that makes a difference

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Posted 20 April 2020 - 09:34 AM

I turn to the side but only ever use the pump at half pressure on the VX. Takes slightly longer to fill up but have never spilled any fuel in 10 years by taking this approach!




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