Ford addresses concerns over Fiesta's capless fuel tank

 

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As you know, Ford Group Philippines has just officially made available the cute Fiesta subcompact hatchback and sedan in our market. And it's been generally well-received by the public, except perhaps for one small thing: Apparently--Filipino car buyers insist, especially on online automotive forums--the Fiesta has a crucial design flaw. That flaw, they point out, concerns the car's capless fuel tank. They say this could be an issue especially in a country where theft and vandalism are rampant. For instance, they explain, a diligent miscreant could siphon off the precious fuel and empty the Fiesta's fuel tank.

But is this really possible? To settle the issue once and for all, we engage Ford Group Philippines in an enlightening Q&A. We hope this will finally assuage the doubts of those wishing to buy a Fiesta but are worried over Ford's so-called capless fuel system.

Before anything else, just what is this capless fuel system?
In response to global consumer demands, Ford Motor Company studies each and every product feature that it incorporates into its vehicles. One of these design enhancements that have been specifically engineered as an added key feature in the company's newest and most advanced vehicles is the Ford Easy Fuel capless fuel system. Capless refueling is the latest global technology around the world. While most countries have been used to unscrewing the fuel cap, times have changed. Capless fuel-filler technology eliminates the inconvenience of forgetting to put the gas cap back on after fueling and saves time during refueling by eliminating the need to unscrew a fuel filler cap. It's also better for the environment because no gas fumes escape.

How does it work?
The Easy Fuel capless fuel-filler system acts as an integrated spring-loaded flapper door that allows customers to simply insert the fuel nozzle into the tank to fill up. Easy Fuel automatically seals after the fuel nozzle is removed--no waiting for customers to re-secure the cap, emitting fewer evaporative emissions into the environment. The technology was introduced by Ford in 2008, and other car manufacturers are following suit. Presently, in the Philippines, the 2010 Expedition and the all-new Fiesta are among the Ford vehicles that make use of the Easy Fuel capless fuel-filler system.

What about customers' fear that vandals might tamper with the fuel tank?
We can assure our valued customers that the Fiesta's capless fuel system is perfectly safe and secure. Ford engineers are not so clueless as to fail to take this into the design consideration. We invite everyone to personally inspect the Fiesta at any of our dealerships. Tampering with its capless fuel system is just as difficult as tampering with a regular locked fuel lid.

To summarize, the benefits of capless refueling are?
No lost fuel caps, no dirty hands, no risk of unwanted fuels, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, and a fuel tank that's sealed for dust and water. The Fiesta's capless fueling is changing the benchmark. It really is the smarter choice.

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  • Sean Oct 20 2010 @ 07:37pm
    Just read about this thread earlier this evening before TG posted this article. After reading, I still can't ignore the fact that leaving the gas lid unlocked can make you always paranoid. I'm getting mine next week pa naman....
  • hajabah Oct 20 2010 @ 07:55pm
    I think the talk of the capless system issues only started after someone pointed out that the fuel door doesn't lock with the rest of the car, like it does in the Focus. People just want the capless system out of harm's way-- like maybe a locking fuel door or the extra cap on top of the system. Good try, though, Ford.
  • ieatworld Oct 20 2010 @ 09:09pm
    sup with this? locks were put on fuel lids for a reason.
  • southboy Oct 20 2010 @ 09:13pm
    turn off.
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Oct 20 2010 @ 09:26pm
    Cars with locking fuel lids have non-locking caps.
    Ford's capless Easy Fuel filling system was designed to be unlocked by the fuel pump nozzle (it acts like a key). Other objects like hoses, sticks, rods, your finger etc won't be able to open the flapper door, it will just stay locked shut.
    Inside there is anti-siphon one way valve.

    For people who complain that they still want a visible lock with a key (for extra security), Ford in the US now offers a locking fuel plug.

    PS: Its easier to pry open a conventional locking fuel lid with a non-locking cap.
  • neutral Oct 20 2010 @ 10:19pm
    Customers in our country do not fill gas on their own cars because all gas stations have their own gas boys. Unlike in other countries, customers do the filling because most gas stations have no gas boys. The idea of capless fuel tank by ford is best suited for automatic dispenser that no person is involved in filling, it's all automatic, and in the Philippines, perhaps 20 years from now. Ford fiesta, I think, has the outer gas lid cover with lock just like our regular cars and if there's no lock for the outer cover, ford must install one against kids and vandals. So, maybe pilferage and convenience are not the issues here but how effective, how tight, how safe and how efficient is the capless fuel tank. What about the price of the system if replaced for a new one, more expensive for sure than ordinary fuel lid cap?
  • rsa1 Oct 20 2010 @ 10:44pm
    what if someone puts foreign objects inside ;-)
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Oct 20 2010 @ 10:55pm
    @neutral, in the event that vandalds do figure out how to open the fuel lid of the Fiesta, they will be staring at locked flapper door that can only be opened by the fuel pumps nozzle.
    Again it is much easier to pry open a conventional locking fuel lid to access the normal cap that doesn't lock. With a normal car, there's much less effort.

    There are a hundred other easier and quicker ways to vandalize a car.
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Oct 20 2010 @ 11:00pm
    @rsa1, you can do that with all cars.
    With the gasoline Fiesta, you need an unleaded fuel pump nozzle to unlock the flapper door of the Easy Fuel filling system.
    In a conventional car, all you need is a screw driver or a small crowbar to pry open the fuel filler door. After that, all you do is unscrew the cap and its open.
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Oct 20 2010 @ 11:03pm
    In other worlds, normal cars fuel locking system isn't really safer.
  • maklo02 Oct 20 2010 @ 11:39pm
    AM3- MISMO!
    duh.. even in normal cars they can open the gas tank door then unscrew the lid, then suck the fuel out. why can't they just accept that ford did something that other car brands haven't done yet. sheesh
  • Sean Oct 21 2010 @ 08:16am
    @AM3 got your point there bro, regardless if your fuel filler door locks or not, anyone can open it.... From experience, i borrowed a friends Honda City and didn't know about how the fuel filler door opens, so I told the gasoline boy to just try and open it, and in just a few attempts he was able to open it without breaking the locking system....I just learned a few days after that the fuel filler door locks and unlocks together with all 4 doors of the car...
  • anselmodelarocha Oct 21 2010 @ 10:24am
    i am on a hunt for a fiesta hehe. lagi daw unlock ung gas lid cover so kalikutin ko nga.pwede tiyak mabuksan ung easy capless na un bsta mkakuha ka lang ng kasukat nung standard fuel nozzle sa gasolinahan na tubo. lagyan ko ng maxx menthol candy para malamig sa makina hahaha. palagyan nyo na lang nung parang sa nissan urvan hahaha. voice tech nga tapos di susi ung gas lid cover hahaha
  • joelklim Oct 21 2010 @ 11:22am
    what if naubusan ka ng gas in the middle of the road.. kelangan pa itulak ung ford fiesta papuntang gasolinahan kasi ung fuel nozzle lng ang makakapagbukas ng lock? it's much better pa din the old fashioned way.
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Oct 21 2010 @ 12:32pm
    @joelklim, Fiesta owners can load fuel from a portable container (I just don't want to keep on mentioning how in public sites/forums).
    @anselmodelarocha, for a thief whats easier to find, a fuel pump nozzle for the Fiesta or a screw driver to force open the regular fuel lid of normal cars?
  • chujosh Oct 21 2010 @ 12:50pm
    Cheap marketing stunt.
  • francis.buendia24 Oct 21 2010 @ 05:37pm
    for those who just bought the fiesta,just read your manual.
  • b9l2y Oct 21 2010 @ 10:24pm
    how about in-case of moose test and the car went turtle? Does the gas will leak which may cause fire or worst, explosion. I suggest Ford to incorporate a strainer like stopper midway the filler tube to prevent any hose that maybe used for stealing the gas from the tank.
  • Andrew Guerrero
    Andrew Guerrero Oct 21 2010 @ 10:54pm
    @b9l2y, it has an anti-siphon one-way valve system. Fuel cannot flow back out the fuel tanks neck.
    It passes the strict safety standards of Europe and the US, so its safe.
  • 6thgear-nitro Oct 22 2010 @ 02:56am
    Lets make it OPTIONAL, buyers who doesn't give a cr*p about the fuel cap gets the standard option while paranoid buyers could choose to get the tank with a cap... TAPOS!
  • robin_micmac Oct 22 2010 @ 04:50am
    this just show how conservative we are and how much we resist changes. this is the new technology and it wasnt just made like that to cut down on cost by not having a locking fuel cap. this concept has been properly thought about and have been tried and tested before it took into production...
    i dont see any problem with this thing..honestly if someone really wants to steal your fuel, no matter how many locking doors you put in it they will still get that fuel..
  • anonemus Oct 22 2010 @ 10:43pm
    @ 6thgear-nitro -- korek!
  • 6thgear-nitro Oct 22 2010 @ 11:15pm
    @anonemus: apir!
  • Rocket-Dog Mar 14 2011 @ 02:22am
    Sorry to burst anyones bubble about how good the capless fuel tank is.

    First, you do not need any special nozzle to open it, your finger pressed down on the catch will do it.
    Second, any piece of hose pipe will open it in seconds and a thinner tube pushed through will slide past the one way valve with ease allowing syphoning.

    Ford America have already admitted this fact and offer a lockable fuel cap as means to stop fuel being syphoned out.

    Sorry, but it is a very bad desing.
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