How low do you let your gas tank get before you have to fill it up?

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  1. Vanessa Anderson profile image61
    Vanessa Andersonposted 9 years ago

    How low do you let your gas tank get before you have to fill it up?

    I can't stand to let it get below a quarter of a tank? What about you?

  2. JerryTillotson profile image60
    JerryTillotsonposted 9 years ago

    Hi Vanessa,

    Now that the price is going down, I let it get down below a quarter of a tank and then I only put in about $25 at a time.  I don't have to do much driving in the summertime anyway.  Now if the price is on the rise, I fill up often to stay ahead of the next price increase.  Of course, there's two schools of thought on that.  Keeping a tank full is just tying up about $60 in your car all the time.

  3. truthfornow profile image81
    truthfornowposted 9 years ago

    I always let it go as low as possible ~ till the light comes on.  Bad I know, but spending money on all that gas is a pain.

  4. RandomThoughts... profile image72
    RandomThoughts...posted 9 years ago

    These days with these gas prices, I drive on fumes...
    I have heard it is good to have a half a tank at least at all times. In an emergency you can get somewhere without worry. Good tire pressure is the key and drive 60 mph or less otherwise for every five miles over that it is like paying 24 cents extra per gallon of gas. So I've heard.

  5. Krysanthe profile image94
    Krysantheposted 9 years ago

    *hangs head in shame*...I usually wait until my gas light turns on.  I know, its not the best for my car, but I rarely check my gas gauge, so the little ping and light remind me.  Just call me an absent minded blonde.

  6. NotTooTall profile image83
    NotTooTallposted 9 years ago

    Hi Vanessa Anderson,
    I have it from a very good source from someone who has worked for GM for many years and is very experienced with auto servicing.
    They told me to keep a minimum of 1/8 of a tank of gasoline in your car, and 1/4 tank would be better.
    Contaminants can accumulate in your gas tank and therefore get sucked into your engine should the level get too low.
    Moisture can also develop and will freeze in extreme cold weather.  This I know for a fact.
    Cold winter night while driving up a steep hillside, we actually heard a chunk dislodge and slide inside the gas tank as we traveled upward.  The frozen mass slid into a position and choked off any fuel and seconds later, the car's engine just stopped 3/4 of the way up the hill.
    There was not much gas in the car when we started out, and we thought that our drive home was short enough to make it on the gas that we had.  While the car was parked for a few hours, the water in the gas froze and the change in our upward travel caused the iceberg to shift.
    Since then, we always keep at least 1/4 tank of gas in all of our vehicles.
    Hope this helps.
    N T T


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