Fuel Nozzles: What does a “Remove By Date” mean?
Why doesn’t a manufacturer just specify an “expiration date” rather than a “remove by date”? Wouldn’t that just make it easier? Yes and no, this is the tricky part. Even though your fuel nozzle will eventually fail at some point in its life, you cannot tell for certain that when it will actually occur. Why? Since the life of a fuel nozzle is a function of several variables that cannot be predetermined, manufacturers simple prefer to specify a “remove by date”.
Even though someone may choose to continue using the fuel nozzle after this date has passed, it is not recommended. Fuel nozzles don’t usually fail “safely” and using worn out equipment is a safety risk to anyone. So stay safe and fuel responsibly.