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How people here do this often?

I'll do it once in a while-- it's funny how some of my relatives acted like the car will die any moment now when they saw that fuel pump icon on..


https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-far-can-you-drive-your-vehicle-on-empty-by-brady-klopfer



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I just pretend that half a tank is empty haha. You never know when you'll need to drive in an emergency so having your car run empty is risky business in my opinion.
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I drive my passengers crazy by calculating how close to empty I can get.
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mxdan wrote:

I just pretend that half a tank is empty haha. You never know when you'll need to drive in an emergency so having your car run empty is risky business in my opinion. :P


true.. it's not something you should do on a regular basis.. but there's little harm to the car seeing that icon

since for our cars.. there should be 2-3 gallons left in the tank.. and i'm pretty sure i can get to the closest Costco gas station with 2-3 gallons.

i would worry if I was the middle of nowhere and the closest gas station is 80+ miles away.

that is when you will go into gas saving mode... turn off AC, radio,lights. etc..


you will get less mileage with a full tank ..so it's not always ideal to have a full tank of gas at all time.. . just fill up when empty.. since there are plenty of gas left in the tank to get to the closest gas station..

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mxdan wrote:

I just pretend that half a tank is empty haha. You never know when you'll need to drive in an emergency so having your car run empty is risky business in my opinion. :P


This is pretty much me. I tend to keep any vehicles I have filled with gas (half a tank = "okay...let's get this sucker filled up").
Though, guilty of haphazardly ignoring the alerts on the car when it thinks that it's time to get gas.
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I drive till empty. It was a funny experience. Lucky I was at walmart and the gas station was near by. By time I got up, I had to have to car push into position.
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Fairly certain the gas light is broken in my Honda Accord, as the last time I was running on empty the car stalled out only a few miles after the gas light came on. Lucky for me, as a Wyoming resident I have experienced firsthand the dangers of being stranded in the middle of bum-fuck-nowhere during the winter, and I always come prepared. In this case I had a 2-gallon can of gasoline that I keep in my trunk and change out maybe once a year. Not much but enough to get me to the nearest fueling station. Gotta love that old Boy Scout motto.
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MyGFPushedMeOffACliff wrote:

Fairly certain the gas light is broken in my Honda Accord, as the last time I was running on empty the car stalled out only a few miles after the gas light came on. Lucky for me, as a Wyoming resident I have experienced firsthand the dangers of being stranded in the middle of bum-fuck-nowhere during the winter, and I always come prepared. In this case I had a 2-gallon can of gasoline that I keep in my trunk and change out maybe once a year. Not much but enough to get me to the nearest fueling station. Gotta love that old Boy Scout motto.


always be prepared? or always have 2 gallon gas can in the car ?
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I find myself doing this subconsciously lmao. Mostly because I primarily only drive my car to and from work, with the occasion of visiting family who live in a town over, so I'm not using a lot of gas, and sooo I sometimes forget to even check the gauge, so that big red light catches my attention.
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I never run on empty and I don't let my gas tank drop below the 3/4ths marker. Luckily the 350z empty light comes on when there are still about 5 gallons left in the tank for those idiots out there
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MyGFPushedMeOffACliff wrote:

Fairly certain the gas light is broken in my Honda Accord, as the last time I was running on empty the car stalled out only a few miles after the gas light came on. Lucky for me, as a Wyoming resident I have experienced firsthand the dangers of being stranded in the middle of bum-fuck-nowhere during the winter, and I always come prepared. In this case I had a 2-gallon can of gasoline that I keep in my trunk and change out maybe once a year. Not much but enough to get me to the nearest fueling station. Gotta love that old Boy Scout motto.


always be prepared? or always have 2 gallon gas can in the car ?


Yes.
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Posted 1/21/17
when i was even more broke than i am now i went days and days on empty

now i fill it up when it's pretty darn close to being empty
Posted 1/21/17
I end up driving through places with no cell coverage on my vacations, so cutting it close is not a good habit to get into for me.
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I remember my fuel pump going out on me. The dealership mechanic asked me if I waited for the tank to be almost empty before refueling. I said sometimes I did. He said the pump needs to have fuel on it to keep cool. Keep at least a quarter tank at all times.

I guess it's different for different cars, or maybe it was just that model? I don't know.
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DeadlyOats wrote:

I remember my fuel pump going out on me. The dealership mechanic asked me if I waited for the tank to be almost empty before refueling. I said sometimes I did. He said the pump needs to have fuel on it to keep cool. Keep at least a quarter tank at all times.


I've had the same problem, I have had to replace the fuel pump on my truck twice over the 10 years or so I've had it. I was told that the fuel acts as a lube and running with low fuel will wear out the pump more quickly.

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