Ford Helps Prevent Fuel Theft as Reports of Illegal Gas Siphoning Increase Along with Price at the Pump

July 18, 2011

The only thing worse than paying more for gasoline is paying more for gasoline and having it stolen out of your gas tank. As reports of fuel theft continue to rise, Ford owners can feel a little more secure knowing their vehicles have fuel system innovations such as the Easy Fuel® (capless fuel filler) feature.

The Ford Easy Fuel feature is designed to easily let fuel in and make it difficult to get fuel out.

That’s important as gas prices hover at the $4 per gallon mark, and demand remains high with drivers in the United States consuming about 400 million gallons of gas daily.

“Our first goal is to make the refueling process as easy and trouble-free for the customer as possible,” said Brian Aitken, supervisor, Fuel Systems. “But if it also slows down would-be thieves. Ford customers benefit that way as well.”

Reports of gasoline theft have been rising across the United States, from New Jersey to California. The West Sacramento, Calif., Police Department, for example, issued a warning to residents about a rise in fuel theft that it attributed to the increase in fuel prices.

One report from Atlanta centered on a man who was caught running a garden hose from his house to a nearby car he didn’t own.

“It’s not a shock that illegal siphoning is rising with the sharp increase in the price at the pump,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, an independent website that monitors the fuel industry. “Criminals will do anything for money, and that includes trying to take liquid gold out of your gas tank.”

Ford’s capless full filler deters gas theft two different ways. With Easy Fuel, a spring-loaded flapper door is held closed by latches that can only be released by a standard-size fuel nozzle. This eliminates the need for a fuel tank screw cap. When the proper nozzle is inserted into the filler neck of the system, the latches release, and the nozzle pushes the spring-loaded flapper door to the open position. When the nozzle is removed, the flapper door automatically is forced closed by the spring.

Easy Fuel has a unique mis-fueling inhibitor to reduce improper refueling and siphoning. The inhibitor consists of a fuel nozzle detector that guides the nozzle to the opening. If a nozzle or foreign tube of a different size – a diesel nozzle or plastic hose, for example – is placed in the filler neck of a gasoline-powered vehicle, the latches will not release. 

“Unless they understand how the mis-fueling inhibitor works and come prepared, many would-be fuel thieves are unsuccessful in siphoning fuel from Ford vehicles,” said Aitken.

Another deterrent in Ford vehicles is associated with the on-board refueling vapor recovery (ORVR) system. The main purpose of the system is to prevent vapors from escaping during the fueling process. Another deterrent in Ford vehicles is an inlet check valve that is part of the on-board refueling vapor recovery system. While the valve is primarily designed to prevent vapors from escaping during the fueling process, it also can thwart siphoning efforts because it closes automatically after the fueling process. It does so by detecting the pressure of liquid fuel as it passes. On many Ford vehicles, this valve will thwart the siphoning effort by thieves.

Still, Aitken said that despite the fact that technologies built into Ford vehicles may prevent siphoning, not all fuel thieves will be deterred.

“For another level of deterrence, a customer can purchase a locking cover,” Aitken said. The locking covers are available for purchase from Ford and Lincoln dealers.

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New Ford Taurus – Even Smarter

April 26, 2011

Ford’s new flagship sedan is set to debut with an array of safety, infotainment and fuel-saving technologies even more expensive sedans can’t match.

“Taurus already brings an arsenal of class-exclusive technologies that no other competitor can match,” said Chief Program Engineer Bill Gubing. “Our team understands how important it is to continue expanding our technology offerings to keep the next Taurus and its customers at the top of their respective games.”

Just as the new Taurus leverages technology to deliver best-in-class fuel economy and performance, elevate driving dynamics and maintain its safety legacy, Ford’s flagship sedan also raises the technology bar. Adding unique new features like MyFord Touch™ powered by SYNC®, active park assist and HD Radio™ to exclusive offerings like heated and cooled first-row multicontour seats with Active Motion™ and EcoBoost™ engine availabilities keeps Taurus a rolling showcase of technology leadership.

“For full-size sedan buyers in general and customers choosing the completely reinvented Taurus in particular, technology is a key purchase motivator,” said Taurus Marketing Manager Pei-Wen Hsu. “Expanded technologies are central to continuous Taurus improvement.”

 

TAURUS CONVENIENCE

Across model series, Taurus offers a compelling package of standard and available technologies to increase customer convenience by making their lives easier. These technologies include:

•Keyless entry, with an integrated key head transmitter and a SecuriCode™ keyless entry transmitter

•Easy Fuel® (capless fuel filler)

•MyKey® owner control feature. Limits top speed and audio volume, and prevents disengagement of vehicle stability controls and blocked audio content access

•Auto-dimming rearview mirror

•Auto-dimming driver’s sideview mirror

•First-row dome/map lighting and second-row reading lights

•Remote start

•SYNC voice-controlled communications and entertainment system

•Ambient lighting

•One-touch power window controls

•Intelligent Access with push-button start

•Reverse sensing system

•Rear view camera

•Active park assist

•Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support

 

TAURUS COMFORT

Taurus technologies and features make the driver and passengers more comfortable and help to reduce fatigue. Available Taurus comfort technologies include:

•New heated steering wheel

•Heated and cooled leather-trimmed first-row seats

•Class-exclusive multicontour seats with Active Motion with massage action to help reduce driver and passenger fatigue

•10-way power first-row seat controls, with memory

•Dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control

•Adjustable pedals with memory

•Folding center armrest in second-row seat

•60/40 fold-flat rear seat

•Power tilt/telescoping steering column

•Particulate air filter

•Power rear sunshade

•Branded floor mats

 

TAURUS CONNECTIVITY

Taurus also offers a variety of connectivity options to access audio entertainment media, stay connected with family, friends and business contacts, and obtain directions and access information. These available connectivity features include:

•Standard MyFord Touch driver connect technology with 4.2-inch center stack screen with two supplemental screens within the instrument cluster

•Available MyFord Touch with 8-inch screen in center stack

•SYNC voice-activated entertainment and communications system, with traffic, turn-by-turn directions and information

•Universal garage door opener

•SIRIUS® Satellite Radio

•Sony® Audio System

•Navigation

The new Ford Taurus will be built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant.

Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s leader for the hottest, cutting-edge, most fuel efficient vehicles available. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check out our entire inventory of Ford Tauruses at http://www.fullerisford.com/model-taurus/new-cars.aspx.

 

 


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