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Anyone fill up while running?

Yesterday i went to fill up my transfer tank at a local station after a long trip towing and long story short i ended up leaving fueless. I pulled up to the station and started putting my info in the machine when this 5'1'' gas attendant came up and was already on my a$$. He said to turn off my truck in a heavy puerto rican accent. I told him it isnt good for diesel engines to be shut off immediately after stopping. He acted like he didnt even hear what i said and asked the same thing again. I then told him you cant ignite diesel with a simple spark like a normal gas engine and that i wasnt filling up my truck, i was filling up my transfer tank (which is covered in a rubber based bedliner) and that i wont turn off my truck. He again ignored my common facts i tried to convey and then told me to leave. I didnt make a huge deal, cancelled my payment in the machine and went to find another station. The fuel nozzle never came out of the pump.

I could understand that they still need to ask you to turn it off because its there job and there liability but i wasnt having it with him. He was rude and demanding from the very first sentence, when someone throws me disrespect i give it back two fold. He also couldve just said " yea i know but management makes me do it anyway". I dont know, i guess im just venting in a way. Anyone else leave there truck running, had this experience?
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I usually fuel with it running. Sometimes they run out like it's the end of the world to tell me to shut it off.


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I usually fuel with it running. Sometimes they run out like it's the end of the world to tell me to shut it off.
i find it really funny. Do you turn it off when they ask immediately? Do you worry when you do it without spooling down?
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It's wasteful, un-intelligent, dangerous, and in most states; illegal. There's no reason to leave ANY motor running while fueling. Why place yourself and others at risk of fire and explosion? You shouldn't have to be told or asked. If you want it to idle for a time before cutting it off then do so before putting a fuel hose in the tank or in another tank or a can in the bed or beside the truck. Is it as easily ignited as gasoline? How many times have you tested throwing a match into a puddle of gasoline or diesel? Not many if any if your brain works better at science than it does at syntax and pronouns. There is NO reason worth risking setting your truck, the pumps, you, your loved ones, and anyone else nearby on fire when there is no need for it. So, do the responsible thing rather than the ego fulfilling thing. Just turn it off.


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You are right, i dont know what syntax is, first time i have heard of it. Also dont know how it is wasteful since alot of people including the ford owners manual says to let these trucks spool down after long or hard driving. I also have tossed matches in a cup of diesel to demonstrate to friends many times and never caught on fire.

I appreciate the response on your input but your type of comments are what gets threads closed and I, myself dont want that. If you want to have an uncivil heated discussion rather than a factual based informational one that people can learn off of please pm me.
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If you want to spool down, do it away from the fuel hose. Diesel burns and kills people just the same as gasoline does. I don't care how it seems safer than gas...it is a fuel. It does burn. It's just common sense. I have over 237,000 miles with no spool down and no issues or damage. See one vehicle fire and a human being burn to death because of it, and maybe then you'll learn. Yes, it was a diesel fuel fire, and three people died. A man, woman, and a pre-teen.

As for the comments; I believe your thinly veiled curse words and racial slurs will cause a thread closure more assuredly than anything in my post. I have no desire to private message you.


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You could've just said that first sentence in the first place with the same impact to me, since i asked for peoples opinions. (hence the forum). No need to go on a ty raid because you think flaming people and yelling your opinion will make your point more convincing . As for seeing it first hand, send me a link to the article in the paper. I dont beileve you saw what you say you did.
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I was recently in the philippines, we were being driven around in a toyota, similar to a 4runner with a small diesel motor. Anyway, we had several fuel stops, not once did the owner of the toyota turn off the engine. The gas station attendants never had a problem with it and were usually within a couple feet of the vehicle, if not cleaning the windshield.

I imagine he has been doing it this way as long as he's been driving (a long time) and wouldn't be surprised if it was common practice for many there. Most, if not all of the Suv's and trucks were diesal powered as well as some cars.
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Personally I let my engine idle for about minute before shutting it down around fuel pumps. Gasoline vapors in a confined area is the most dangerous so many things such as static electricity..catalytic converter heat causing leaves, paper bags to ignite and cause a fire. I saw many strange things happen handling refined products in my 17 yrs working for Texaco. The tanker truck had a power take off to run the pump needed to offload gasoline..diesel and Jet A (kerosene) and you had to run the engine to pump off these products at facilities with vertical storage tanks. The old 2 cycle Detroit Diesels were noted for sometime sucking in gasoline vapors and causing the engine to run wild! Usually the storage tanks are located far enough from the pump islands in most places but never take safety for granted around any petroleum products.
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