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[100 Questions]Is it true that the refueling hole is designed on the left side of domestic cars and on the right side of imported cars? Can you tell which side the refueling hole is without getting out of the car?

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●Is it true that domestic cars are designed on the left side and imported cars are designed on the right side?
●How is the direction of the oil filler hole determined?
●Some car manufacturers also use their own designs to place the oil filler hole on the right side.
●Did you know? The location of the oil filler hole can be confirmed in the car

Is it true that domestic cars are designed on the left and imported cars are designed on the right?


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When renting a car or driving a company car, have you ever hesitated about which lane of the gas station you should park your vehicle at?

Generally speaking, most domestic cars have the oil filler hole on the left side, while most imported cars have the oil filler hole on the right side. However, there are also many models that do not apply to this classification method.

So how are their directions determined?

How is the direction of the oil filler hole determined?


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There are safety standards for the refueling hole. According to the safety standards, "the fuel tank filling hole and the exhaust port must not be in the direction of the exhaust pipe opening, and must be more than 300mm away from the exhaust pipe opening." That is to say, the refueling hole is generally set in the exhaust pipe opening. Opposite direction of the trachea.

How is the position of the exhaust pipe determined? The author asked the vehicle design engineer, and the engineer said: "Japanese vehicles drive on the left, so many vehicles will install exhaust pipes on the side farther from the sidewalk." .

Although there are some exceptions, domestically produced vehicles often design their exhaust pipes on the right side in consideration of left-hand traffic, so the refueling hole is often designed on the left side of the vehicle. The location of the refueling hole is determined by taking into account regulations, vehicle and pedestrian safety.

If it is an imported car passing on the right side, the exhaust pipe installation direction will be opposite to that in Japan.

Some car manufacturers also use their own designs to place the oil filler hole on the right side.


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Many domestic car manufacturers design the oil filler hole on the left side, but there are also car manufacturers that place the oil filler hole on the right side, such as Nissan.

Nissan believes that locating the fuel filler hole on the side of the driver's seat can improve convenience. As a result, more and more vehicles have fuel holes on the right side. Indeed, the Serena, Note, and X-Trail also have fuel holes on the right side.

Nissan has paid great attention to the location of the oil filler hole when designing the vehicle chassis platform. North American market models are left-hand drive, so the oil filler hole is designed on the left side of the vehicle.

But Elgrand changed this design policy. The Elgrand uses the same chassis platform as the North American model. Even if it is changed to right-hand drive, the oil filler hole is designed on the left side like the North American model.

Some car manufacturers consider safety as well as driving convenience, and start thinking about the direction of the oil filler hole when designing the vehicle.

From the refueling hole, you can see the different details of each car manufacturer.

Did you know? The location of the oil filler hole can be confirmed inside the car


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Although you know the direction of the fuel hole in your own vehicle, when driving a vehicle that you are not familiar with, you will not know which side the fuel hole is on, and you will not be able to get out of the car to check.

At this time, you can confirm the triangle mark next to the fuel gauge. This triangle is the arrow indicating which side of the fuel hole is. If you are not sure, you can rely on this sign to confirm.

Original source:Is it true that "domestic cars are on the left and imported cars are on the right"? What is the trick to know the direction of the fuel filler door without getting out of the car?
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