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After work today my wife asked me to fill up her tank with gas, which I usually do happily so I can drive the Ody. When I saw she took it over 400 miles I said #@&*! A mile down the road I’m coasting into the Enterprise Rent-a-car store to beg for help.

At least I know how many gallons the Ody will have left on empty - half a gallon. So beware, anything close to 19.5 and your walking!


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Sorry you had to go through this, but thanks for the info on how much gas remains when it won't run anymore. Just out of curiosity, where was the fuel gauge at? How far below the "E" line? It seems when the needle is at the line and I fill up, it only fills to 17 gallons, meaning that 3 gallons remain. Just wondering how much farther the needle will drop when 19.5 gallons is consumed.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by vquan:
Just out of curiosity, where was the fuel gauge at? How far below the "E" line? It seems when the needle is at the line and I fill up, it only fills to 17 gallons, meaning that 3 gallons remain. </font>
She usually pushes it below the "E" line which puts it in the 18 gallon range. In this case it was about 1/8th inch down. Way overdue.


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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by twolazydogs:
She usually pushes it below the "E" line

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Usually ? Why and for what reason ? Did you know that running ANY car near empty is bad for the engine ? All the deposits at the bottom of the tank starts flowing through the fuel system and......go figure after that.
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There's another reason to avoid this as well. Most new cars (I do not know if the Ody is included) have the fuel pump mounted inside the gas tank. The gas acts as a coolant for the pump. Running on empty can cause premature failure of the pump, not to mention premature loss of life if you run out of gas in the wrong part of Miami. :-( .

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I can vouch for this one. The one and only time (really) I let my tank run out of gas in my Ford Taurus, the fuel pump went within a week or so. It was a real pain. We were actually on a 10 hour trip to Disney with our three year old on a 95 degree day when it went and were stranded (a real bummer). My husband hasn't let me forget about it to this day. I now consider 1/4 of a tank empty and fill it up!
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I agree 100% on all those reasons. She drives a lot of miles being in sales and has a busy life with the kids so I can understand her "time" issues. Maybe she’s jealous that I can get 475 miles on my Windstar without a sweat! Those 25 gallon tanks are nice. But seriously my main worries are sucking up the "dirty" gas on the bottom and freezing fuel lines with moisture being the last thing drawn in.

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I agree with the fuel pump issues for not running the vehicle too low on fuel too often.

As for the concern about sucking up any trash in the fuel tank, what difference does the fuel level make? The fuel pickup is at the bottom of the tank, for obvious reasons. If you fill up in the evening, drive home and park for the night, any junk in the fuel that's going to settle will do so and in the morning, it'll get picked up when you start the car. That's what fuel filters are for. If it's in the tank, it's going to get sucked up sooner or later, no matter what you do.

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It is a proven fact, that a vehicle runs just as good with the fuel tank level between half and full, as it does with it's between half and empty!
Why in the world does anybody EVER run out of gas? In 38 years of driving, I have run out of gas once. It was on a new car, and it indicated half tank when I took it on a test drive. It ran out of gas one block from the dealership. The salesman sitting beside me got red in the face and smacked the dash pretty hard and the gauge dropped below 'E'.
Other than that time, I have never run out of gas.
In fact, the only way that I knew that the one on the Junkstar I just sold even worked because Ford had to change the fuel tank due to a recall and when they returned the vehicle to me, the light was on. (I complained that it had at least 10 gallons of fuel when I brought it in and they gave me a fuel ticket for a fill up).
I still don't know if the ones in my 99 Lincoln or my 02 Ody even work and hope they never have to come on, EVER.
This one's a no brainer people. It’s so simple.

Fred


[This message has been edited by FW_in_OKC (edited 02-09-2002).]
 

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I recall my 83 Mitsubishi Starion of years ago. It had the pleasant trait of missing once or twice about 3 full miles before being totally shut down. I'd do some F1 sloshing, and without fail coast into a gas station or home. Once or twice I even used the starter to move the beast a short distance! Mitsubishi was nice enough to skip the clutch-starter interlock switch.

Never had any fuel pump issues on it, though. Starter(bendix gear) every 40k, muffler every 30k, two head gaskets, clutch every 50k....

I think they are better now, that was the first year for Mitsubishi in the USA.
 

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by twolazydogs:
After work today my wife asked me to fill up her tank with gas, which I usually do happily so I can drive the Ody.
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LOL! No wonder she asked you to fill it up

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