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Old 06-21-2013, 03:03 PM   #51
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Thanks for the info; good to know!
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:55 PM   #52
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I wouldn't wait on fuel level to get low, fuel pump might suck some dirts from tank to engine.

LOL, this is way to funny not to pass up. First I have to say I have never heard of dirt floating in gas so if you have dirt in your tank it will get sucked up full or empty. Second thing is if it actually gets sucked up it will never make it to your engine unless you pulled out the inline fuel filter!!! Last thing is if you ever find dirt in your tank you might want to stay away from discount Charlie's when filling up your car!

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Old 06-21-2013, 06:55 PM   #53
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I got it at about 40 miles and filled up about 10 miles later...and still had 3 gal in the tank. So I really had 60+ miles I could have actually traveled. It's an estimate, but you should know how far you can go if needed.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:11 PM   #54
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It really depends on the DIC. I know there's AT LEAST ~50 miles left when that light comes on.

However, there's a second warning system that kicks-in when the fuel level approaches empty (2 gallons? idk).

I had both kick in when Sandy hit and I had to travel from northeast NJ all the way to Pennsylvania to get gas with less than 1/4 tank
what is this 2nd warning system i have never seen it.....explain
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:26 PM   #55
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Should be about 2.5gal left in the tank at low fuel. I get the warning with about 45 miles left on my tank according to the dic; usually there are a little less than 3 gallons left when it pops up.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:36 PM   #56
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Mine took a little over 16 gallons after the warning came on just yesterday.

I have always thought, and still maintain the belief, that runnign a tank down low is not good for the injectors.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:45 PM   #57
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Mine came on this time with about 30 miles left until E. She took 16.5 gallons :P
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:29 PM   #58
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Mine pops up around 40 gallons. As long as fuel is flowing through the pump, it should not overheat. I never ran my '93 Z/28 out of fuel, my '01 WS-6 out of fuel, nor this '13 1LE yet, but I run them all low. The same has gone for the 3 Tahoes my wife has had through this same time period. I do not believe that you can hurt the pump in any way by running it low. Running it out (or right before it runs out) might cause some cavitation, but if you are putting 16 -17 gallons in her when you fill up, you have nothing to worry about.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:23 PM   #59
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What's the next warning message that appears when it is critical?
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:30 PM   #60
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re: running the car out of gas- there's always water in your tank.

re: this situation with a Camaro- my car does not display a low fuel warning light at 85 miles' range remaining. I believe this is a dynamic function of your average MPG more than simply gallons of fuel remaining
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:24 PM   #61
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Living up in Minn. with weather temps of -40 wind chill I never ever let my tank get below 1/4 tank.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:48 PM   #62
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Filling up

A little bit off topic, sorry. When you filling up and the nozzle turns off by itself, I can still put in about 2and 1/2 gallons in my tank by running the gas very slow. Has anyone else found this happens?
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:15 AM   #63
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Your analysis is flawed. If you drive the same number of miles, getting the same MPG and pay the same price per gallon then your total cost will be the same no matter when you fill up. If your total cost has changed then one or more of those three variables has changed.
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it's either in your head or your numbers are wrong. filling up less often will not increase your MPG. if your MPG's are staying the same, then your spending the same amount of money. so long as your doing the same amount of driving. you may fill up less often, but your spending more when you fill up. the only way you would save money by filling up less often would be if you could somehow buy 18 gallons of gas for the same price as 14 gallons.

I recently had an incident which made me think that the average MPG may not be linear as you drive the car. What I mean is that I had one week where I filled up with half a tank just to "top it off" and my MPGs for that fill up were only 16mpg, yet I average in the 20's.

Maybe the affects of letting the car warm up (decreasing MPGs) is greater noticed when you're filling up half a tank instead of at my normal fill up point. Otherwise I can't understand the drastic drop in MPGs - I fill up at the same gas station.

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re: running the car out of gas- there's always water in your tank.

re: this situation with a Camaro- my car does not display a low fuel warning light at 85 miles' range remaining. I believe this is a dynamic function of your average MPG more than simply gallons of fuel remaining
Agreed. On the 4th gen Camaros, running your car out of fuel was a surefire way to make the fuel pump fail. Dropping the gas tank out to get to the fuel pump is not fun - which is why most 4th gen owners cut a hole above the gas tank to make a trap door for accessing the fuel pump.






I don't normally let my car get that low, but every now and then I just can't get to the gas station before the "Low Fuel" warning comes on. For me it comes on around 50 miles remaining, but what I think is the biggest issue is that when I'm low on fuel and have a heightened need to know how many miles I have remaining that I can't. Really damned annoying.
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I recently had an incident which made me think that the average MPG may not be linear as you drive the car. What I mean is that I had one week where I filled up with half a tank just to "top it off" and my MPGs for that fill up were only 16mpg, yet I average in the 20's.

Maybe the affects of letting the car warm up (decreasing MPGs) is greater noticed when you're filling up half a tank instead of at my normal fill up point. Otherwise I can't understand the drastic drop in MPGs - I fill up at the same gas station.

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Hmmm... I notice that your 1/2 fill date was 5jan... the day before coming back to work after a long break... perhaps you did a lot of short distance or city type driving in the miles leading up to that? I know on our malibu, I drive it 26 miles each way to work and get decent mileage .... but when we cruise it on the weekend, the mileage always goes down , unless we take a long trip that fully warms up the car (OIL temp seems to have a big influence... coolant temp gets up fast, but oil is way slower to warm up, and mileage comes up after oil temp does). I Always get better mileage in summer... part due to the fuel, part road conditions, and part I suspect due to warm up times
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