2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Totally Twisted
June 13, 2011
It was weird. It was my first time driving our new Jetta TDI, and I was gassing it up. The pump clicks off, and I go to remove the nozzle from the fuel filler hole, but it won't come out. It's stuck. Won't budge. I try it multiple times. I pull. I push. I take a deep breath, and try again. Nuthin'. I look for a release button somewhere. Negatory.
I double-check that it is, in fact, the proper diesel nozzle and that I haven't accidentally put in regular unleaded gasoline. Nope, I didn't mess up. I walk away and walk back to the car, thinking maybe I can sneak up on it and fake it out. No dice. I think about going into the cashier/mini-mart to ask for help and then think better of it.
Last ditch effort: I call Mark Takahashi's cell phone. I explain my dilemna. He and James discuss and suggest I call Ron Montoya (or Rontoya, as Magrath likes to call him), since he owns a Golf TDI. I call Ron's desk and am starting to leave a rambling, idiotic message when I turn around and suddenly see Takahashi standing between the pump and the Jetta smiling at me. What the what?!
"How did you...where did you...wha?" I manage to blurt out.
"James and I were eating at the Greek place around the corner. When you called, we figured it was a good bet you were at this gas station, so I took a chance and walked over," says Mark.
Hallelujah. Mark fiddles with the handle of the nozzle and confirms that it's stuck. But he's brave enough to try something I hadn't tried yet: twisting the nozzle. It works! He twists it almost all the way around and it unscrews itself, essentially. The Jetta is free from its greasy, stinky tether, and I'm too relieved for words.
So now you know what to do if it ever happens to you.
Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 4,908 miles