Driving a later Super
Beetle with a curved windshield? I have 2 of them and discovered an
unfortunate way of getting water into your gas tank.
You are filling up at the local gas ‘n go and treating your Super to a
windshield washing. You use one of those sponge/squeegee scrubbers, then
“scrape” the water off the glass.
As the water runs off the passenger side windshiled, especially if you are
squeegee-ing from that side, keeping close to the pump nozzle, it can
actually drip right into the filler spout! Of course, it can vary from car
to car and a lot depends on how your filler is situated.
First, just be aware. You might want to wait to clean until the cap is
replaced… or NOT clean at all. But if you are in a hurry to clean a mob of
squished bugs, you can shield the filler with anything, even a piece of
paper… or a hand. Makes sense, huh?
By the way, water is
heavier than fuel, so it will build up in the bottom of the tank until you
do something to remove it (gas treatment for small amounts or tank removal
for more). What’s the harm? 1. Rust. 2. It freezes easily and can leave you
stranded depending WHERE it freezes. 3. Once it gets deep enough, it will be
drawn into the fuel line, clogging filters and strangling motors; leaving
you muttering, “Why didn’t I listen to that air head, Air Bill?”