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post #1 of 11 Old 11-13-2014, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Does waiting too long to fill up damage engine?

I was annoyed at going to the gas station and having my tank only take about 10-11 gallons, so I waited a while after seeing the fuel light go on before filling up. It turns out the tank took 14.5 gallons! Woh, I guess I was pushing my luck there. Was this bad for the engine??

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post #2 of 11 Old 11-13-2014, 08:38 PM
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Should not have hurt the engine. Some may argue that the fuel pump could have run hotter than it should.

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Ive heard not to run your tank dry etc. etc. but my mom never goes below 1/4 of a tank fuel pump went out..on her last two cars.. all the cars I've had the fuel pump never went out and I go almost to E.. lol.. trying to get out of that habit..lol

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-13-2014, 08:44 PM
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If running low was going to damage your engine, they would have a bright red warning light come on when you got to that point.




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I don't think it's a great idea to have too empty a tank, due to the possibility of debris at the bottom of the tank plus it's not good for the electric fuel pump. Some say condensation or icing in the winter could be an issue. Let's see what the experts here say, though, since I'm not one.
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You never want to get that low in a tank for sediment reasons. The fuel pump also needs 2-2.5 gallons of fuel to cool itself or it will burn out.

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I do it all the time, I keep an eye in the DTE and put gas when it shows 10 or 20 miles left as long as I know there is a gas station nearby. Probably it is not what most would recommend but no problems so far.
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According to the owner's manual the stated capacity of the tank includes useable and non-useable gas. They do not give a number for the "empty gas", but state you should fill the tank when the gauge hits empty to determine how much useable gas your car holds.


It seems a bit deceptive.




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Sense the fuel pump is expensive and knowing it could be damaged by running it low or out of fuel why take the chance. Also we never know what emergencies big and small might a rise in life, why not have the gas available just in case.
I'm a mechanic by trade and all the auto manufacturers that I know of recommends not running the fuel too low because the pump is lubricated and cooled by the fuel.
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you should NEVER ever run the fuel level to low. After all, there is really no good reason to anyway. Its not good for the fuel pump
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