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Old 08-27-2018, 10:20 AM   #1
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Default Do you trust your cars "Distance to Empty"

Someone I know lives and breaths by it, if the gauge says 10 miles till empty they truly believe they can drive 8 before having to get gas.

Personally, the lowest I take it is when the fuel light comes on (usually my comp says 30 miles till empty).

Was just wondering if trusting the computer is a trend?
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:21 AM   #2
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Mine went to zero..Then it bumps up to 6 and back to zero..then bumps up to 6.. Not sure if it would do it again as I found gas at that point. My wife was freaking out
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:22 AM   #3
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My truck doesn't even trust itself. When it drops below 40 or so, it'll simply read "low" lol In other words, "Get gas, dips***!"
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:24 AM   #4
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it is a piece of information, use it for what it is worth
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:25 AM   #5
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I have taken two different vehicles past zero. One, only a couple miles, the other about 20 miles. I was sweating both times. From those two experiences, I believe there is a little bit of safeguard built into the system.

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Old 08-27-2018, 10:25 AM   #6
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My girlfriend's mom trusts hers. She swears to us that it is on the conservative side and she can drive the exact miles it says, and she has gotten home before with it saying "0 mile range". All it takes is the gauge to fail once and she will be stuck on the highway out of gas.

My opinion is don't trust it, not to the extent that you are pushing running on fumes. Then again when I get to 1/8 tank I fill up.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:26 AM   #7
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My buddy did once in his Ford Focus while on a vacation trip in Colorado. He walked several miles to get gas.
I typically get fuel once going below 1/4 tank. At one time it was suggested not running low on fuel all the time as the fuel helped keep the fuel pump cool and extends the life of the pump.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:27 AM   #8
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My 4Runner has about 20+ left after zero (been there), so I trust it to zero without reservation.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:28 AM   #9
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My friends truck will leave him on the side of the road at 90 miles until empty. I have never seen mine on, I fill up a 1/4 of a tank for emergency purposes. My wife likes to keep hers below 1/4 tank.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:31 AM   #10
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Most of them calculate how far you can go based on the gas that's left and your MPG average for the last 20 miles. My truck just has a light, which I figured out comes on with about 2 gallons left.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:31 AM   #11
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Looks like a Seinfeld episode. See "how far below the 'E' you can go".
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:33 AM   #12
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I put a 5 gal. can in the back and test it when I buy a new vehicle. After that, I find its easier to drive on the top half of the tank. Besides, my wife would never let me live it down if I ran out of gas!!!
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:37 AM   #13
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I've tested it many times! Said zero last week and I was 8 miles from Kaufman! I rolled in easy to Brookshires. When I filled up I still had 1/2 gallon according to what it took to top off.

This was while I was towing a heavy load as well!
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:38 AM   #14
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IMO...if the light comes on you've waited to long to get gas. My wife lives by her fuel range number. I get in her car for anything and the gas light is on. I'll call her and tell her that her gas light is on and she says the fuel range still says 35 miles. SMH....
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:40 AM   #15
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I've pushed it, my light comes on and there is still a couple gallons in the tank.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:40 AM   #16
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My wife is the queen of taking the gas to zero miles. So far so good but I expect a call any day.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:40 AM   #17
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Default Do you trust your cars "Distance to Empty"

Iím turning into my dad...canít stand a half full tank.

Right now


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Old 08-27-2018, 10:45 AM   #18
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My wifes fuel light is always on. DTE is always like 8 miles. Seems like she always wants to take hers when this happens. I do not understand her thinking on stopping for fuel.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:51 AM   #19
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The Tundra will count down to 0 miles and when it hits 0 I hit the trip. So far I've made it to 12 miles before filling up. Never on road trips, just tooling around town.
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:57 AM   #20
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I think my family lives by this code
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Old 08-27-2018, 10:59 AM   #21
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Some folks are crazy... you never know when an emergency will come up and you wonít have time to stop for gas.... I never let it drop below 1/8.

My grandmaís cousin once shot himself in the foot on a duck hunt and had to get gas on his way to the hospital.... Turned out fine but he lost a lot of blood.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:01 AM   #22
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I have put 24 gallons of gas in my wifeís car that supposed to hold 22 . Every time I get in car the fuel light is on ...


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Old 08-27-2018, 11:01 AM   #23
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Doesnít running to empty on a regular basis wear out your fuel pump?
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:03 AM   #24
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I like mine full, so I only see the light if I'm traveling, and then it is rare. I start looking for a place to fill up when I get to a 1/4 tank
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:03 AM   #25
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I wouldnít say I ďtrustĒ it but I have tested it a couple times. Usually when Iím running around like a chicken with my head cut off and not paying attention.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:03 AM   #26
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My dad always had a knack for coasting into gas stations. I try to avoid it by never going below a 1/4 tank. Several times though I pushed it a little with my truck and so far so good. Once was in West Texas. I knew this one gas station was the last one for about 90 miles. I meant to stop but forgot. About half way I looked at the gas readout and freaked. Took it past zero. The other time I was out at the deer lease and noticed I was on E. Just prayed I could make it to town, since no one else was out there. Made it with a couple miles to spare.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:06 AM   #27
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I have a Tundra with 26 gallon tank and it tells me 0 when there is at least 4 gallons left. I can easily go another 30 miles or so after it reads 0. Only pushed it a few times but never put over 24 gallons in.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:11 AM   #28
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When my fuel light comes on I have about 11 gallons left in the tank. If I filled up every time it said I was on "E" I'd have to refuel everyday. Been this way since new, although I didn't know it for first few years, I just got deisel all the time. Finally one day I was complaining about Chevy putting such a small tank on a 3/4 ton 4 wheel drive when I was told it had a 26 gallons tank. After doing my research I now spend almost half of my driving with the light on.

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Old 08-27-2018, 11:12 AM   #29
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I have a Tundra with 26 gallon tank and it tells me 0 when there is at least 4 gallons left. I can easily go another 30 miles or so after it reads 0. Only pushed it a few times but never put over 24 gallons in.
my Tundra also.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:16 AM   #30
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Best I have ever done was 61 miles past zero. I have a aux tank on the bed so I was just really trying to see how far it would go. On average it will do at least 20 past 0.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:17 AM   #31
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i routinely take my Tundra 25 miles past 0 miles till empty on the computer and rarely have less than half a gallon when I fill up
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:18 AM   #32
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I try to keep mine as full as possible. My luck, the day I tested it, the new Madrid would pop and I’d be stuck!
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:21 AM   #33
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Just a little friendly advise, any time your fuel level gets below about 1/4 tank, in most vehicles the top of the fuel pump is out of the fuel. The fuel keeps the pump cool, you are causing damage to the pump running it low. This coming from a mechanic that makes/has made a lot of money replacing fuel pumps.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:22 AM   #34
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depends on where i'm at. If in town, will take it to zero. On the road, when the light comes on.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:22 AM   #35
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For me it depends on what kind of driving I'm doing. If I'm pulling a trailer, or in town with a lot of stop lights, basically anything that kills my fuel mileage, I start looking for fuel when the low fuel light comes on (DTE 30 miles). I've taken it down to zero before with just normal driving and didn't have any problems. I think there is a little buffer built in to that calculation, but if you're driving in a way that can really screw with your mileage, like pulling a heavy trailer, I wouldn't trust it down to zero. Too many variables at that point to alter a calculation

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Old 08-27-2018, 11:24 AM   #36
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Just a little friendly advise, any time your fuel level gets below about 1/4 tank, in most vehicles the top of the fuel pump is out of the fuel. The fuel keeps the pump cool, you are causing damage to the pump running it low. This coming from a mechanic that makes/has made a lot of money replacing fuel pumps.

100% true most of the time. Although on my truck the fuel pump is on the frame.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:24 AM   #37
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My wife is the queen of taking the gas to zero miles. So far so good but I expect a call any day.
Sounds like my wife. And I've chewed her butt good about it, to no avail to stop her from doing it. I finally have given up and told her that under no circumstances was she ever to call me if she runs out. I ain't coming. It's her fault, figure out how to get gas. I'm not joking either.

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Old 08-27-2018, 11:27 AM   #38
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Doesnít running to empty on a regular basis wear out your fuel pump?
I've been told this also. Keeping it above 1/4 tank keeps the fuel pump from wearing out, something about keeping it cool because it stays submersed in gas. But that doesn't make sense either.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:29 AM   #39
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I trust mine but rarely let it get there.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:31 AM   #40
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My Superduty has a reserve of about 2 gallons. I have taken it down to 15 miles remaining, and the most I can ever get into it is about 23-24 gallons. Tank is 26. Probably to cut down on fuel pump failures by running it dry by people like me.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:36 AM   #41
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Donít even temt it any more, when I was younger I did but after a few long walks and sitting on the side of the road I just go ahead and fill up rarely do I go under a quarter tank
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:36 AM   #42
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Pushed the wife’s Camry once. Watched it go from 3 to 2 to 1 to dashes. About 300 yards later we hit the gas station and it started sputtering.

The gas guage in my old truck is broken so I usually fill up around the 200 mile mark even though thats only a bit more than half the tank.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:37 AM   #43
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I think each car is slightly different. What's important is to know how many gallons your tank holds and what kind of mpg you average. Based on what I know about my truck, the dash fuel indicator shows "Fuel Low" and range = 0 miles when I still have about 3 gallons left in the tank, or roughly 40 mi.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:39 AM   #44
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My wife runs hers to zero all the time. It drives me nuts, I fill up at 1/4 tank. I've become my dad.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:44 AM   #45
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Iím turning into my dad...canít stand a half full tank.

Right now

This... Me too, when it hits 1/2 I start getting ready to fill it up. My wife on the other hand, I ask how much fuel in her car tank, her response is "I don't know, but the gas light is on". SMH
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:45 AM   #46
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I’ve got a 48 tank in my F-350 and 25-26 in my Sierra 1500. I fill up the Sierra everyday mon-Friday and occasionally run it low. I’ve gone down to 5-10 miles to empty a few times and never put more than 24.2 gallons. I try not to fill up more than once a day, but occasionally need to. My F-350 I’ve driven it down to 35 miles to empty once. It took 39 gallons to fill it up, so I had a conservative 150+ Miles left in it.

I normally try not to let my F-350 get below 1/4 tank. On road trips I don’t mind as much cause I’ll get diesel when I find a decent price. Some of the po dunk towns in west lf here are priced out of this world, and not heavily trafficked. I’d prefer to get diesel from a place that has high diesel traffics and relatively cheaper. I have an aux 40 gallon tank in my bed that’s usually full for that purpose though. 1400+ miles of fuel capacity allows me to be pretty picky where I stop lol

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Old 08-27-2018, 11:46 AM   #47
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I run with my fuel light on quite often but have never allowed it to get down to 0 miles to go before empty. There is usually ends up being between 1/2 and 1 gallon in there when I fill it up.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:47 AM   #48
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Iím turning into my dad...canít stand a half full tank.

Right now

Lol, This is me. A mechanic once told me the fuel in the tank cools the pump, little fuel offers less cooling. Iím not sure if thatís true but it made sense to me. That plus after fuel was short during a storm years ago I rarely go below half.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:53 AM   #49
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I trust mine, but typically don't even try and test it. The first reason is that if an emergency situation were to unexpectedly occur, the last thing I want to do is be worrying about not having gas. The other is I've also heard multiple mechanics say it's not great to routinely go well below 1/4 of a tank. Some say fuel pump reasons, others have also said any additional trash/particles in the gas float to the bottom of the tank and some gas stations do not change filters often.

Heck, take Harvey in Houston from one year ago. It was crazy the amount of people that didn't have gas in their tank or water on-hand the day before it hit the fan.
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Old 08-27-2018, 11:53 AM   #50
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I don't even know what color my low fuel light is, I'm never below 1/4 tank.
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