Peugeot Partner Van- BEWARE OF YOUR FUEL CAP ? It could cut off your Electrics?

Peugeot Partner Van Fuel Cap caused us a big problem ?

Peugeot Partner Van

French breakdown truck

This is just one of those stories can others NOT to make the same mistake. On a recent visit to France, we were getting short of diesel in our Peugeot Partner van.My wife and I sometimes drive down to France to take things with us , for our house in the South West of France. This time we needed a new oven, the oven we had was 7 year old and the paint was peeling off. We decided to buy the oven in the UK because when we checked online they were cheaper here in the UK.

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Peugeot partner van fuel cap cut-off ?

We also had some rubbish to take to the local tip in France, so the van seemed the best option. The is only about 18 months old and has all the mod-cons that you would find in a modern car including air-conditioning and a plug point for our iPod, so that we can listen to our music.(French radio stations are not easy to pick up and the music’s not very good)

The journey had gone well and we were making good time. We pulled into a service station on the A16 motorway to fill up with diesel. I filled the Peugeot Partner Van up with the diesel and started to put the fuel cap back into the diesel tank port while my wife went to pay the bill. When inserting the Peugeot Partner Van fuel cap I fumbled and the cap did not go straight into the hole, I twisted it a bit and the fuel cap finally went in, but i had accidentally triggered off the Peugeot Partner Van Fuel Cap Sensor.

I jumped back into the cab to wait for my wife and found that the wipers were switched on, to my horror they would not switch off and the lights were also flashing on and off. Worst of all the Peugeot Partner Van would not start?. This was a nightmare. I was panicking, but my wife rang the AA, (as we had taken out breakdown cover).

To our surprise the AA told us that we were not covered on a French service station, but had to call the Police who would tow us off the services, to a suitable location and then the  AA breakdown cover would kick in. see another website price comparisons  for more information…http://www.money.co.uk/breakdown-cover.htm

We also noticed that another British car had broken down near where we were broken down, I asked the guy if he had sorted out the problem and he was waiting for a recovery truck to take him off the services. He too was in the AA and was waiting for the Police recovery vehicle to attend him. Sure enough the truck arrived and the guys car was winched on to the back to be taken away.

To our surprise the mechanic came over to our Peugeot Partner Van and he knew what had happened,(most French mechanics are experts on Peugeot and Citroen vehicles, because that’s all they sell) .

I had tampered with the Peugeot Partner Van Fuel Cap anti theft fuel cap device ?

Peugeot Partner Van

Don’t mess with this beast put the Peugeot Partner Van key in and turn the key to lock not the plastic bit.

We understood from his limited English and our limited French, that I had tripped the fuel cap anti theft device, this stops people from steeling your fuel, this is very good if you know that it exists, but I did not ?

The mechanic knew what to do straight away, all he did was to dis-connect the battery and the system re-set itself. All this from start finish only delayed our journey by about an hour.

The mechanic made an invoice out for the AA and we gave him 20 Euro tip and we all went on our way.

So if this happens to you just dis-connect the battery and the whole thing will re-set itself.

Please note that the AA cannot enter French service areas by French Law.

Thanks Eric Roberts...www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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