Can You Put Gas in a Running Car?

Pumping Gas

Can you pump gas with your car on? Is it bad to put gas in a running car? While many busy North Canton drivers do this every day, it’s not a great idea. In unlucky circumstances, pumping gas into a running car can cause a fire – and that’s why you’ll see signs at gas stations warning against this practice. Find out a comprehensive answer to “Can you pump gas with your car on?” with Serra Mazda, and be sure to stop by our service center in Akron for all of your automotive needs.



Why is it Bad to Put Gas in a Running Car?

Can you put gas in a running car? Technically yes, it’s certainly possible to pump gas into your car with the engine on or off. So, why is it bad to put gas in a running car?

  • Pumping gas releases fumes. Gasoline evaporates quickly, and that means you introduce gas vapors into the environment every time you fill up in Canton.
  • Gas vapors can ignite in the presence of heat and electricity. Your car generates both heat and electricity as it runs, and even your cell phone can even create static electricity. If the gas vapors encounter a source of ignition, they can burst into flames and cause serious damage.
  • You can accidentally set off the check engine light. Because fuel vapors are so flammable, your car is designed to detect the presence of these vapors anywhere in the fuel tank. That means if you leave your car on, you might trigger the check engine light.

What’s the best way to avoid bad outcomes at the Hudson gas pump? We recommend being efficient with your time. That means you should pump your gas, pay, and leave. Don’t smoke, vape, or play with your phone in the meantime. And of course, be sure to keep your car in park for good measure!

Schedule Auto Service in Akron Today

So technically, can you put gas in a running car? Yes. Can you pump gas with your car on with zero risk? The answer is no. Want more service tips and tricks from our experts? Feel free to contact us at Serra Mazda to learn more about basic maintenance, and if you’re ready for a service, don’t hesitate to visit our technicians in Akron! You can even schedule your service online and check out our current service specials.


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