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Old December 20th, 2011, 07:35 AM
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Running out of fuel?

Am I the only idiot here? I have been driving all kinds of vehicles for a long time, vintage etc and I have run out of gas exactly 7 times in my life. 7 of those 7 times have been in the 90. The latest was yesterday morning with the dog and my 7 yr old in the truck. Not fun. My only excuse is that there is no low fuel light? I am usually a very conscious driver, always checking gauges, listening for noises and checking for smells. But it has become a family joke not to ride with me in the Rover. Am I alone here?
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Old December 20th, 2011, 08:07 AM
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That's why they call them "idiot lights"

I am married to a person who believes that you fill the car up only after the gauge has been on E for a week or more. I personally get itchy when it falls below halfway.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 09:03 AM
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I trusted the fuel gauge on the 90....once.

My wife trusts the computer on her 3 series to tell her how many miles she has left. And it has been on zero a few times.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 09:25 AM
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once the needle starts bobbing in "the red/ orange" fill up. =)

the lr3 said 1 mile this weekend and i almost had a heart attack worrying about getting to a gas station.... thanks wife.!!
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Old December 20th, 2011, 09:34 AM
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Yeah you're not the only one...I've run out twice. Both times I was pulling a trailer, once on the highway in Ohio the other in Big Bend, Tx.

I was lucky...I had extra fuel with me both times. My fuel gage waivers depending on the outside temp and various other enviormental conditions! Goes with the territory I guess.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 09:39 AM
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I usually fill up when the needle swings into the red when I'm making a right hand turn, because that means I have roughly a quarter tank left.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 10:18 AM
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I usually flip the ashtray lid up to remind me when it's low. And of course the one time I have the gps in the truck I mounted it right on top of the lid...
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Old December 20th, 2011, 11:06 AM
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I usually flip the ashtray lid up to remind me when it's low. And of course the one time I have the gps in the truck I mounted it right on top of the lid...
Are your fill-ups consisting of putting $5 in the tank like I did when I was in high school? If so, keep in mind that back in the early 90's that use to get you 1/2 tank...now it gets you about a gallon .
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Old December 20th, 2011, 11:49 AM
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No, never ran out. Of course I can go 1100 km.

Mine has a low fuel light.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 12:56 PM
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This sunday I woke up early to repair the IIa's fuel pump, as it, well, wasn't pumping. Kit in hand, I had started undoing the hoses when a pang of doubt hit me. And sure enough, the fuel pump was all right, but the tank was empty. Have felt like an idiot since.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 01:01 PM
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When I had my IIA there was no fuel level guage. I used to rock the truck a bit and put my head down near the tank. If I could hear gas sloshing around I was good to go. I got pretty good at determining how much was left based on the sound of it in the tank.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 01:16 PM
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I am notorious for going as long as I can before refueling. The 97' I just picked up has a gas guage that violently moves the further from full it is. I am sure I am going to run out of gas one of these days.
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I've driven my defender nearly 60k I've never ran out of fuel. I have stretched it a few times on trips, 15 gallons has been the most fuel I've pumped into it. I know with my DO gauge when it hits E I have two gallons remaining. Its a good thing none of you are pilots.
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My gas gauge hasn't worked properly in years. Even after the dealer replaced it under warranty it only worked for a little while before bouncing around again.

Have you checked the filler tube? Is it cracked and slowly leaking gas? Mine finally gave way a few months ago and gas was gushing out. It's an easy fix but messy if your tank happens to be full...
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I ran out two blocks from home. Coasted to the side and walked. I use the odometer as my gauge. I used to wait till 185 miles to fill up. Now 165.
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Old December 20th, 2011, 02:24 PM
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Old December 20th, 2011, 02:30 PM
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My gas gauge hasn't worked properly in years. Even after the dealer replaced it under warranty it only worked for a little while before bouncing around again...
You do know a VDO gauge is a direct swap and they are accurate? They cost a whole $25........ http://www.egauges.com/vdo_ind.asp?T...ion&PN=301-105
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Old December 20th, 2011, 02:57 PM
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Yeah, and it's not genuine so my truck would lose all value...plus I don't want to mess up the dash with one working gauge.
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I ran out once. Since then never again. I fill up around 150 miles to a tank. The guage in my 1994 is optimistic to say the least.
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I ran out two blocks from home. Coasted to the side and walked. I use the odometer as my gauge. I used to wait till 185 miles to fill up. Now 165.
After my gf ran out of gas twice in as many months, we now use the odometer as well.
At 165 miles, get gas, regardless of what the guage says. That's worked well for the last several years.
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