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Old 09-28-2003, 11:14 AM   #1
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Question My first post

Hi, wsup everyone...wasn't really sure where this post fits in but here goes..

i've always wondered
you know that yellow light that comes on when you're low on gas, the dummy light. how many miles more can you travel after that light comes on before running out of gas?


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Old 09-28-2003, 11:17 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums.
About the gas light, I've never actually let the light come on to see. I usually fill up a little bit under 1/4 of a tank.
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Old 09-28-2003, 11:21 AM   #3
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Welcome, like Ashley said I also let my gas get down to that level since its bad for your fuel pump. But I remember reading that you have around 1 gallon left when the light goes off.
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Old 09-28-2003, 11:28 AM   #4
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Whatever it is, it's not much at all. I remember my first tank of gas that I had to put in it after I bought it... I had let it run down till the light came on, and the needle was so far down, I was afraid to go much further, so I filled it up, and put like 11 gallons in it or something like that.

Don't run your car till the light comes on though. Try to keep it above 1/4 tank because you will end up killing your fuel pump running it that low.
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wow!!! running that low on gas kills your fuel pump??? hmm, thats new to me... thats a bad habit though, i actually forget to put gas in. and drove for a half day with the yellow light on.
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Yeah, even I knew that!? I try to fill my tank back up at about 1/4 as well... I rarely get under that.
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Welcome I've had mine almost a yr and have ran it down to the fuel light bout 4 times. I know when mine comes on, i still have round 2 and half gallons left if not more. I've ran it down till the needle is pegged in the E and still had well over a gallon of gas left. Yes it is bad on the fuel pump if you run it low constantly. As most know, on the newer cars, the fuel pump is located in the fuel tank. The fuel in the tank works as a lubrication for the pump. If you run it low constantly, it's harder on the pump and could cause premature failure. The only time I have ran mine low is when I went on a trip and was trying to make it there and back all on one tank. Almost regularly, I always feel up on the quarter or before it reaches that point.
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welcome to the forum. i never let the gas go below 1/4 of a tank either. dont want to mess up my fuel pump
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If someone didn't say this already, sediment in the tank ( dirt, junk, whatever) hangs out at the bottom of the tank....so, you really don't want to suck up that last little bit of fuel from the bottom of the tank if you can avoid it.

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PS Reminding me of the Seinfeld episode when Kramer tests drives Jerry's Saab with a salesmen. Kramer wants to see how far the car will go with the fuel light on- as usual, its hilarious.
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what's crackin?

as for the light, in both of my focus' that i've owned, it comes on when you have 2 gallons left. i always get gas IMMEDIATELY when it comes on, and i've only been able to fit between 10 and 10.5 gallons in there. so i just came to the conclusion that it comes on when you have 2 gallons left. in my zx3, i drove about 90 miles with the light on. so... draw your own conclusions with a little testing. heh
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