• Jul 3, 2007

The same basic technology that shaves seconds off of pit stops will soon be available on select Ford models for 2008. Ford's capless gas tank, or Direct Fill System (DFS), may seem like little more than a way to save a few seconds at the pump, but there are actually some additional benefits, as well. One obvious positive is that drivers won't have to get their hands dirty by unscrewing the cap, but for people with arthritis, DFS can make life a lot less painful, too. Ford's self-sealing technology can also prevent fuel evaporation caused by ill-tightened caps.

It seems like Ford has been talking up this technology forever, and now it's finally here. Autoblog Green has a quick video that shows the technology in action and you can check it out after the jump. They saw it in person a couple weeks ago and you'll first find the feature first on 2008 Ford Explorer models.

[Source: Autoblog Green]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Someone should tell them that California has a gas cap pressure test as part of it's smog check.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I was wondering the same thing too. We here in Georgia also have a gas cap check as part of the emissions testing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To DriftPunch and Don,
      Really, Really, Really

      Yeah! It would be so hard to unscrew a cap. And after one unscrew said cap couldn't whatever dirt or grit get into fuel system.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope they have raised the entry so that dirt and crap accumulated is not directly on top of the sliding cap and goes straight into the tank.

      I can imagine gas filerts being clogged at 25k miles, and Ford having to replace tehn under warranty.

      they could have easily have had a cap that just fits in adn doesn't need to be screwd to prevent this as well.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well mister all knowing...I never said anything about breaking one...they eventually go bad. People leave them off all the time and some never replace them. Gas fumes leak into the air when ITS NOT SEALED OFF. And whats this about gas on your hands? Where did I say that? I was referring to the article about keeping your hands clean from dirt on the gas cap. Wake up from your dream world. And people say American car drivers are ignorant rednecks..riiight.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cadillac showed a fancier version a couple years ago.

      http://media.gm.com/division/cadillac/sae/
      DriftPunch
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a cup, how does it prevent grit and dust from settling in the base, only to be pushed in by the nozzle. Hopefully there is some mechanism of prevention...? Or is Ford going to say they fuel filter is that mechanism.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I sell these for $15, from Stant, and they fit most cars on the road sold after 1996. Go Ford!
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Well good thing I showed up so I can teach the children on here. Really I mean are import lovers that ignorant? No comment. Ok now pay attention kids I am only going to say this once. The benefits of this technology go beyond the typical keeping your hands cleaner and not forgetting to put the cap back on. It also includes saving tons of gas per year because of people not replacing broken caps or forgetting to put them on. Also, theres the great benefit of not scratching your paint with that thing rubbing up against your paint. There are 4 benefits right there just by replacing a gas cap as ... puts it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The should at least have the gas door lock with the other doors or while in motion like on my old '91 318i...
      • 7 Years Ago
      10 Biff Baxter @ Jul 3rd 2007 4:55PM
      "Wait until the Japanese utilize the technology.

      Then it will be hailed as pure genius."


      You ain`t a shitting there!
      • 7 Years Ago
      OK, many of you apparently did not comprehend the demonstration. It's not the outer fuel door that been removed and replaced by the mechanism, it's the plastic screw on GAS CAP that is being replaced. The outer door is still there.
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