A full gas tank will equal a happy vehicle

January 29th, 2021 by

Why is driving with an empty gas tank bad for a car?
Acura does its level best to produce high-performing, reliable sedans and crossover SUVs. Those efforts go a long way, but it still falls on individual owners to do their part. This includes keeping up with scheduled maintenance and not doing things that are going to cause undue harm to the vehicle – like keeping a comfortable cushion in the gas tank. So, why is driving with an empty gas tank bad for a car? There are a few reasons why this kind of thing should be avoided, the least of which is, nobody wants to be stranded on the side of the road. We reached out to some service technicians working at Acura of Modesto to find out more on the topic. Let’s take a look at what they had to say.

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What happens when a car runs out of gas?
When a vehicle’s low-fuel light comes on, it will reveal two types of people – those who pull into the nearest gas station and those who take it as a challenge to see how far they can push the envelope. Once the low-fuel warning light activates, that broadly means that the tank only has 10 to 15 percent of its fuel capacity left. This also means that the float-pump is getting close to the bottom of the tank and it could start to pull in sediment and other contaminants that collect down there. Regularly letting the fuel level get this low will eventually cause the filter to get clogged and the pump to burn out. A burned-out fuel pump will be a very expensive repair.

How much gas should I keep in the tank?
There really are no hard and fast rules about how much gas should be kept in the tank. In cold climates, it’s usually recommended that drivers keep at least a quarter tank at all times. At the very least, when the low fuel light comes on, just stop at the gas station. The game isn’t worth the risk of damage to your vehicle.

If you have any questions about how to get the most out of your vehicle, please make an appointment with an Acura of Modesto product expert today.

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