Ford Thwarts Fuel Thieves

The Ford capless fuel filler system, Easy Fuel, is one the best automotive developments in some time.

The Ford capless fuel filler system, Easy Fuel, is one the best automotive developments in some time. Arguably better than SYNC.

After all, it is one thing to deal with one’s audio and infotainment while in the comfort of one’s Ford vehicle. It is entirely another to be in some gas station off of I-94 during the dead of winter dealing with a fuel cap.

So Easy Fuel wins.

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But because it is capless, one might wonder: Doesn’t this make it easier for brigands to such the fuel out of your Ford?

Nope.

According to Brian Aitken, supervisor, Ford Fuel Systems, Easy Fuel “slows down would-be thieves.”

Apparently, the spring-loaded flapper door on the system is held closed by latches that can be released only by a standard-sized fuel nozzle, not your basic garden hose. Another feature is an on-board refueling vapor recovery system that closes an inlet check valve by detecting the pressure of liquid fuel as it passes. Sucking the fuel out doesn’t have the required character.

Still, if the thieves are relentless, Aitken points out, “For another level of deterrence, a customer can purchase a locking cover.”