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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-28-2013, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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So Friday i got stuck on the highway, whiteout, closed both directions, about 60-80 cars pileup. Managed to get off the highway eventually and went to the gas station....i got the "fuel range low", the "low fuel" and the ding ding ding. Had no choice but to keep going. It was about -14 C with lots of snow.
Got into the gas station, filled up 57.65 liters. Out of 59 (thats our tank size, inst it?) 2.4 engine.
no warning lights, just "low fuel".
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"no warning lights, just "low fuel".

That's why they put gas gauges in vehicles. To my way of thinking, anyone who lets their fuel level to get so low that the idiot light or warning messages come on, deserves to run out of gas. There is no excuse for running the tank as close to dry as possible before fueling up.
Canadian bacon, I'm not directing this at you so much as just making a general statement. I will say however, if the weather is bad, or supposed to get bad, you should never let your tank get below half just for this very reason.

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My low fuel indicator always comes on with just over 2 gallons remaining in the tank, and I only wait for that when I know I'm in range of my usual gas station, like during my 13 mile work commute.

I'm not recommending my habit to others, but I feel like that's a safe range not to get stranded and any wear and tear on the fuel pump should be about non-existent with that much gas. I also start hypermiling at that point as well.


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In the newer cars now it is recommended to keep at least 1/4 of a tank of fuel in there for cooling the pump.Gotta remember the pump is nothing but a motor and a motor that is not being cooled builds heat and after a lot of extreme heat cycles sooner or later something will give.I myself would rather be safe then sorry seeing how much of a pain it is to change these pumps and the costs of these pumps.

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Where did you see that it was recommended to keep a 1/4 of a tank? I don't believe it is recommended by the factory.


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Don't think it was from the factory but i remembered reading it somewhere and it does make sense.

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Not trying to be an a_s, just curious. What is the logic behind running your tank almost completely empty before fueling up? Why not fill up between a half and a quarter tank? Like I said, I've often wondered why some people do that. I'm not saying it's good, bad, or otherwise, just why?

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I don't usually wait for the low fuel warning. I got stuck on the highway with nowhere to go, and when I managed to get off the highway, traffic was redirected for miles. I could not actually stop dead, the traffic was moving like 10 meters every 2 minutes and all the shoulders were covered by half a foot of snow and used constantly by emergency vehicles. This was way outside the city. You wait for CAA...
However, lesson learned: during winter time, never leave without a full tank of gas. It took me 2 hours to cover 3.6km to the gas station.

This is where I got stuck:http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/01...icles-reports/
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A quote from the article "Const. Linda Wolf says police are looking into today’s blast of winter weather as a possible factor in the crashes."

Ha, you think??? Thank you captain obvious. From the looks of most of those vehicles, I would say excessive speed played a huge role in the number involved and the carnage.

Glad you weren't involved in that, other than being caught up in the traffic jam.

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