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Unread 10-04-2009, 09:23 AM   #1
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Default is it bad for your car to keep driving it even though the gas meter says empty?

some cars can go fifty miles even after the gas meter says empty.
by doing so, does this kill your engine?

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Unread 10-04-2009, 09:29 AM   #2
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Gas tarnishes if there's very little in the tank, so yes, it's bad for an engine. It's also bad when you're just sucking fumes because you can cause vapor lock in the fuel system on a hot day, thus having your car not start. I refuse to let my tank even touch the "low fuel" indicator.
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it won't kill your engine but it will suck all the trash up that's on the bottom of the tank and will clog the fuel filter also the trash that gets past the filter can clog up the carb/fuel injectors..plus if it has a in-tank fuel pump, running it that low a lot, will reduce the life of the pump.

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Gas tarnishes if there's very little in the tank, so yes, it's bad for an engine. It's also bad when you're just sucking fumes because you can cause vapor lock in the fuel system on a hot day, thus having your car not start. I refuse to let my tank even touch the "low fuel" indicator.
No fuel injected engine can vapor lock.

Not good for it, but the other day i ran outta gas in the Blazer, stupid gas gauge
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Running it low like Bear said will reduce the life of the pump. Gas in your tank is actually used to cool your fuel pump when low the pump startes to overheat causing premature wear this is more of a problem on American made vehicles.
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lautinjr is bang on.

Also if you live were winter brings near, or below freezing temps you will have much more condensation in your tank because of the amount of air. This can lead to frozen lines if bad enough or rust contamination on cars with metal tanks & filler necks.
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lautinjr is bang on.

Also if you live were winter brings near, or below freezing temps you will have much more condensation in your tank because of the amount of air. This can lead to frozen lines if bad enough or rust contamination on cars with metal tanks & filler necks.
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" keep driving it even though the gas meter says empty " well, your gas meter might got corrupted, so get it repaired as soon as possible. Well i have seen people driving their vehicles, especially the tourist vehicles keep on running whole day whole night during seasons. So i don't think that continuous driving could kill your engine,but in fact more your engine rest the more it is near to death.

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No fuel injected engine can vapor lock.

Not good for it, but the other day i ran outta gas in the Blazer, stupid gas gauge
Ah. Well I'm a tard then.
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