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Static electricity will actually discharge through a rubber hose. 
It's VERY high voltage, almost no current. 

I suppose you could leave the wire out as an experiment and tell us 
what happens. Just stand back when you put the filler nozzle into the 
car. But I don't see a problem with it being in there, it's pretty 

There is usually a sign on gas pumps directing you fill portable gas 
cans/tanks with the tank sitting on the ground (rather than in the 
trunk of your car). Even though it's a plastic can, there's a reason 
for this. 

Dave S

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, mike clemens <rmclemns@...> wrote:
> Okay, it seems we have a concensus that the wire
> inside the tank that is attached to the fuel vent plug
> is used for static electricty discharge.  But----how
> does it work??
> I've got my tank out, the whole system, and here's
> what I find puzzling.  The gas filler (#101394, the
> metal part you put the gas station nozzle into when
> you pump gas) has a grounding wire on it and it is
> grounded to the frame.  The rubber vent hose from the
> tank is attached to this by a hose clamp.  This hose
> is 18 inches long and attaches to the vent tube at the
> top of the plastic fuel tank via another hose clamp.
> Neither car I have has any kind of wiring connection
> in the vent system, nor is there any way to connect a
> grounding wire to the vent wire that sits in the tank.
>  Since both plastic and rubber do not conduct
> electricity, then, for this to be a route for static
> discharge would seem to be in direct conflict with our
> concensus.
> So, if this is not a possible route for static
> discharge, then what is the purpose of the wire inside
> the fuel tank?  Do we need it?
> Mike   TPS    1630
> Never miss a thing.  Make Yahoo your home page. 
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