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The Darkside with Darth Baggers! Your auto related questions answered – part four:

Problem: How can I avoid overfilling the gas tank? The gas fill design on modern Vespas is notorious for overflowing when filling up. This usually results in gasoline getting into the under seat bucket, all over the paint, the exhaust, and (worse) you.

Solution The solution is to hold the nozzle so that it is directly over the under seat bucket, aiming toward the back of the bike. Be sure to put the nozzle as far in as it will go, and fill slowly until the gas clicks off. Do not attempt to top off the tank. As a safety measure, you can remove the bucket from the bike before filling up. This ensures that even if gas overflows, it won't soak everything in the bucket. For your MP3 riders, the technique is slightly different. Pull back the recovery hose (if your state has them), position the nozzle at a 90 degree angle to the bike, push the nozzle as far into the tank as it will go, let loose of the recovery hose and pump slowly until the gas clicks off. Note that this solution isn't 100% guaranteed to prevent overflows, but it will greatly reduce them.

Until next issue… Darth Baggers.

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