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Thread: Running tank on empty

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    Ridin Dirty dom's Avatar
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    Front Royal, VA

    Running tank on empty

    Is it better to refill your gas tank before it gets near empty?

    "Tutto nello Stato, niente al di fuori dello Stato, nulla contro lo Stato "
    All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.

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    Raleigh NC, USA
    Yes. Don't let it get below 1/8 full, for 2 reasons.

    1. Over time, a lot of gunk builds up in the bottom of your tank. If you let it run that far down, the fuel pump will suck it up, potentially clogging it's filter and/or clogging a fuel injector. This won't be a cheap repair.

    2. If you really really had to get somewhere in an emergency (wife is having her baby, family member was in an auto wreck), wouldn't you feel more confident if you knew gas was in the car?

    Chip H.

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    Senior Member DonTom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by chiph View Post
    Yes. Don't let it get below 1/8 full, for 2 reasons.
    Perhaps three reasons. The gasoline in the tank helps keep the fuel pump cooler so it will last longer.


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