As Ford continues to offer advancements like Sync along with a multitude of high-tech safety devices, the new Easy Fuel™ Capless Fuel-Filler System seems almost too easy. In reality, Easy Fuel™ involves more than just taking the gas cap off cars. The new technology maintains a completely sealed system only until a fuel pump nozzle is inserted into the filler neck. Originally introduced on the limited production Ford GT supercar, the Easy Fuel system will see mainstream use starting with the 2009 Lincoln MKS and continue spreading across 2009 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles.
The new system will battle two specific problems of the fuel tanks of modern cars:
First, the Easy Fuel™ Capless Fuel-Filler System is an added convenience to drivers. The system will help save a small amount of time at fuel station fill ups by eliminating the need to remove and reinstall the fuel filler cap. While this may seem like a diminutive amount of time, it will probably be most appreciated in the northern states come wintertime when gas caps are prone to freezing. Additionally, it will also eliminate the chances of forgetting to reinstall the cap or improper installation, which could lead to illumination of the check engine light. In most cases, the only way to turn a check engine light off is to take the car into a repair shop or dealership. With the Easy Fuel™ system, there is no more worrying about how many click the gas cap made, just open the fuel door, fill up and close the fuel door.
Secondly, Ford’s new technology will help eliminate harmful fuel vapors escaping into the atmosphere. The evaporative system is a sealed system in modern cars that monitors fuel vapors and is also the system that illuminates the check engine light when the cap is left off or improperly secured. The system is designed to be completely sealed, so when a leak is detected, the system creates a trouble code to indicate the possibility of fuel vapors escaping the sealed system. The Easy Fuel™ system helps reduce the opportunity for fuel vapors to escape into the atmosphere by creating a seal that is only broken when the fuel pump is inserted into the fuel filler neck. Questions about security will undoubtedly arise about the vulnerability of the system. With two tabs on each side of the fuel filler opening, Ford made sure that only an object the size of a fuel filler pump can depress both tabs and allow the spring-loaded metal flap to open.