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Does anyone know how far you can safely go when the fuel guage registers zero and the filling station light comes on?

The reason I ask is that when I'm driving and I have less than a quarter tank, the fuel gauge starts to fluctuate and sometimes tells me I'm empty. Then if I stop the needle moves up and tells me I have fuel. All this makes me panic, so I'd just like to know how far I can actually go in the event of the filling light actually coming on.

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I know I have gotten up to 40 miles on E before, but I don't like to push it. If you let it go to low and drive in hills you could be in some trouble because of the side of the tank the gas comes out of. I usually make sure to fill mine by a quarter or 1/8 tank.


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I know I have gotten up to 40 miles on E before, but I don't like to push it. If you let it go to low and drive in hills you could be in some trouble because of the side of the tank the gas comes out of. I usually make sure to fill mine by a quarter or 1/8 tank.
Thanks for that. I usually start panicking even before the empty light comes on because of the way the needle fluctuates up and down, below the 1/4 mark.

In future I'll offset my panic attacks until the empty light does actually appear.
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In future I'll offset my panic attacks until the empty light does actually appear.
this may not be a good idea depending on the cars age. My light is burnt out so it doesn't appear.


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I tend to avoid letting my gauge go below 1/4. Most fuel pumps use the fuel as a sort of coolant. Running it too low could cause it to over heat and eventually fail.

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especially in the winter time - you don't want your tank to go below a half.

The fuel guage fluxuates because the fuel is sloshing around and it can sense that. I wouldn't push an empty tank - you're sucking up that nasty stuff at the bottom and clogging your fuel filter even more.

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I don't trust my gauge below 1/4. Do to gm's trippy fuel sending unit.


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When I am on a road trip I never go below 1/4. I ran out of gas in one of my Contours one time, I made it 421 miles. I cost me over an hour of my driving time to get some gas.

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Mine says 0 when I have 3.5 gallons left. I've gone 55 miles of in-town driving before until it died when I pulled into the gas station.


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Originally posted by dagr8tim@Feb 1 2005, 06:12 AM
I tend to avoid letting my gauge go below 1/4. Most fuel pumps use the fuel as a sort of coolant. Running it too low could cause it to over heat and eventually fail.
BINGO!!! The fuel DOES indeed keep the pump cool, letting the fuel tank go below 1/4 is foolish and problematic at best.
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