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I was amazed a few years ago when

several members asked how do they know, when in their slks or another car, like a rental car, which side the fuel filler door/cap is located

I had to do a duh...Really? I always knew that trick.

But it is sooo easy

Motoring mystery solved: Inventor of that triangle that tells you what side to fill a car up on revealed



It’s one of the most useful, but often overlooked features in nearly every car. Especially the borrowed ones.

You’ll find it in the fuel gauge. A little, unlabeled triangle, usually right next to the gas pump icon.


For those in the know, it indicates what side of the car the fuel filler door is on, so you don’t pull up to the wrong pump at a station.

There’s no general consensus among automakers as to which side this should be, so the arrow is particularly helpful to renters and new car owners. But whose idea was it?

The “Every Little Thing” podcast recently took on the challenge of answering that question and tracked down its origin story.

One rainy day in 1986, a Ford interior trim engineer named Jim Moylan said he was foiled by a company pool car that he needed to fill up, when he first went to the wrong side and got extra soaked. Motivated by the incident, he wrote a memo to his supervisors suggesting some sort of indicator should be added to the gauge, then forgot about it. Three years later, it turned up in the 1989 Ford Escort and Mercury Tracer, and was eventually copIed by all other automakers over the years, even though no there are no regulations that require it.

That said, while Moylan’s idea was clearly independent and the spark of genius that led to the symbol’s widespread adoption, an earlier version of the instructional triangle may have turned up a decade earlier.

Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky pointed out on the podcast that the low fuel light located inside of the fuel gauge of the 1976 Mercedes-Benz W123 sedan is shaped like a triangle and happens to point toward the side of the car that you fill up on, but the automaker couldn’t confirm the reasoning behind it. Instead, its first documented use of the symbol for fuel filler location was in 1997.

Moylan didn’t file a patent on the design, but said he’s happy to point it out to anyone who looks like they need it, never taking credit when he does.
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Ford has a habit of taking everyone's good ideas... (example: Flash of Genius - Movie)
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Not all have that indicator though. My 2003 and 2005 don't.


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they have to have some means to identify.
if no triangle,
look for the hose on the picture - it will be on the left side or the right side of the picture on the dash
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Here's mine and hose is on the right
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Half wrong/half right. "05 does but '03 doesn't (below). UNLESS, it's supposed to be intuitive that if the gauge is on the right of the display then that's where the filler is.

Stu has no arrow either, his gauge is on the left but flller on the right. So not intuitive .

Quite likely then that the arrow was implemented around 2004 or 5.

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However, my Kangoo also has hose on right and filler is on the left 😲
I don't recall having had a car with a triangle and now the hose theory is shot to bits.
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Half wrong/half right. "05 does but '03 doesn't (below). UNLESS, it's supposed to be intuitive that if the gauge is on the right of the display then that's where the filler is.

Stu has no arrow either, his gauge is on the left but flller on the right. So not intuitive .

Quite likely then that the arrow was implemented around 2004 or 5.

the hose is on the right in your picture, therefore the place to put the gas is on the right side of the car


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the hose is on the right in your picture, therefore the place to put the gas is on the right side of the car
That's correct (it is on the right) but how do you then explain Stu's pic ?
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Stu's hose is on the right
so if no triangle

his gas entry is on the right

Stu has no arrow either, his gauge is on the left but filler on the right. So not intuitive


seems very intuitive to me

this is not rocket science Len


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Stu's hose is on the right
so if no triangle

his gas entry is on the right

Stu has no arrow either, his gauge is on the left but filler on the right. So not intuitive


seems very intuitive to me

this is not rocket science Len

My Kangoo van has the filler cap on the "left" but pic of the fuel gauge shows the hose on the right. However the gauge itself is on the left in the display. Maybe it's different rocket science.
I've just looked on google at fuel gauge and they all show a hose on the right !!!
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My Kangoo van has the filler cap on the "left" but pic of the fuel gauge shows the hose on the right. However the gauge itself is on the left in the display. Maybe it's different rocket science.
This apparently only applies to USA models
One rainy day in 1986, a Ford interior trim engineer

Ford = Detroit = USA

You are using Google UK

UK is right hand drive


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Curious.

Yo have to enter the car from one side, or the other.
Don't see a fuel cap getting in the drivers side? Fuel on the passenger side simples.

Now, for a real challenge :-
Find the fuel cap on a VMax motorcycle.

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My van is French 😵
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My van is French 😵
Please don't start us down that line of conversation. For petrolheads, apart from the Citroen DS, French cars represent a "target rich environment"

Zut alors!!
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My van is French 😵
Does it smell like Cheese and Wine?
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