by Vanessa Tang
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It is best to leave the sand on the beach or in a sandbox. If it hits your car’s gas tank, you may have headaches and expenses.
The concepts of putting something other than gasoline in a gas tank allegedly originated in the 1996 movie, “Kingpin,” where sugar was placed in a victim’s gas tank.
If the tank fills with sand to the brim, it could damage the engine. Snopes.com notes that most cars contain a “sock” at the end of the tank’s pickup tube that prevents anything other than liquid from getting in. The car’s fuel filter should collect any sand that gets into the engine.
A complete tank flush and a fuel filter change should fix the problem. This type of repair can range from $ 450 to $ 500.
A sealable gas cap could be a good investment. Speedconcepts.net offers several varieties for different vehicles in the $ 30- $ 40 range.