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What is this, why is it there and why can’t I use it?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by thezappa, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. thezappa


    Joined: Jul 1, 2012

    Posts: 709

    I’ve seen them on pumps for years and never worked out what they’re for. I thought they were for flicking back and keeping the pump engaged without holding it until it clicked but it doesn’t do it. So, anyone know? Help me out here.

  2. energy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

    Posts: 1,293

    Location: Chingford

    It's exactly what you think it's for but AFAIK it's UK regs that don't allow it to be used. You can restore functionality by carrying a suitable pin to insert into the holes in the trigger.
  3. bremen1874


    Joined: Oct 20, 2008

    Posts: 10,995

    They work on the dedicated truck pumps.
  4. mjt


    Joined: Aug 31, 2007

    Posts: 18,108

    They can be used to hold the valve open, but as you can see there, there is no pin for it to latch on to, thus you having to hold the valve open manually.

    Those three holes are where a pin would go, so you can latch the 'hold-open' clip.
  5. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 155,466

    It's there to make filling with fuel far less tedious and annoying and it's ridiculous we are not allowed to use it.

    They can in Germany.
  6. Malevolence


    Joined: Oct 21, 2011

    Posts: 14,105

    Location: Miercna rīce

    You used a mobile phone on a petrol station forecourt? You monster.
  7. Diddums


    Joined: Oct 24, 2012

    Posts: 19,196

    Location: London

    And Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, and I think Murica too.

    And these are only the ones I know of.
  8. M1k3H

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 6, 2010

    Posts: 1,381

    Same in Cyprus, was shocked coming to the UK and realising that firstly I had to put fuel in my car myself?! And then, on top of that, I have to keep squeezing the trigger?! Monsters.:mad::mad::p
  9. dvinell


    Joined: Oct 31, 2010

    Posts: 117

    Many years ago, that did what it was supposed to do.
    You clicked it into place, and used your free hands to light a cigarette as the car filled up.
  10. Amp34


    Joined: Jul 25, 2005

    Posts: 28,867

    Location: Canada

    Yep, US and Canada. Useful when you’re putting 130l of fuel in.
  11. NVP


    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 7,200

    Now we simply put the petrol cap on the trigger and boom hands free once again to vape away
  12. Dr Who


    Joined: Nov 11, 2004

    Posts: 8,030

    Location: Wiltshire

    I miss that, and drive in oil changes, windscreen cleans, 1cyp£ for new wiper blades, oh and even when they are closed they all have credit card pumps to use.
  13. NVP


    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 7,200

    Bloody immigrants coming over here and cussing our petrol pumps! Grrr
  14. Gaygle


    Joined: Nov 7, 2004

    Posts: 14,997

    Location: East of England

    Make pumps great again!
  15. M1k3H

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 6, 2010

    Posts: 1,381

    +1 to all that, apart from the cheapo wiper blades. They are horrid! My dad buys those, and whenever I drive his cars in the rain the sound is unbearable!

    This :p
  16. The-Plethora


    Joined: Mar 17, 2009

    Posts: 406

    On some cars the petrol filler cap can be removed and wedged in the handle for the same thing, tried it a couple of times and it works but safer to keep an eye on things.
  17. NVP


    Joined: Sep 6, 2007

    Posts: 7,200

  18. mrk

    Man of Terrible Jokes

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 85,414

    Location: South Coast

    I don't even want to have to get out of my car when getting fuel. I want someone to fill-up for me like those American stations.
  19. Maccy


    Joined: Nov 23, 2004

    Posts: 36,350

    Location: Herts

    And say in your finest Queen's English "fill her up please"?
  20. Nasher


    Joined: Nov 22, 2006

    Posts: 16,182

    There is a small garage close to my parents where the one guy working there insists on filling it up for you.

    I'm sure health and safety will ban people from filling up their own cars eventually :p