Many petrol stations at the entrance inform drivers to turn off the engine before refueling the vehicle. Auto experts told what consequences non-compliance with this requirement can lead to.
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Gasoline requires a fire source or spark to ignite. The gas tank and engine compartment of cars are located at a decent distance from each other, so in this case, a heated engine block and sparks from the starter do not pose a serious threat. The catalyst is worth fearing, the temperature of which depends on its contamination and can reach 900 ℃. If gasoline gets on this part, fire cannot be avoided. The filling stations have the right to refuse service to a driver who has not turned off the engine, on the basis of the “Law on Fire Safety” and “Fire Regulations”.
When refueling a vehicle with a running power unit, an electronic error may occur. In this case, the ECU will begin to perceive the increase in the fuel level as a problem, and the driver will be informed about it by the inscription “Check Engine” on the tidy. As a result, the engine may block, which requires a service call.
High mileage fuel tanks can accumulate sand and stones and settle to the bottom. When the engine is running, all the dirt rises up and mixes with fuel, which is then used. The filter helps to avoid the problem, taking away all deposits. However, in such conditions, it instantly clogs up, and this gives the owner a lot of trouble.
If the driver leaves the car for some time unattended and does not turn off the engine, the risk of theft of documents and valuables increases, and the car becomes easier to steal.