Here's Why You Should Not Run Your Gas Tank Empty

Nothing is more anxiety-inducing than seeing that your low gas warning light come on your dash, especially if you're not near a gas station. If you don't want to be mistaken in this scenario, we highly advise you get in the excellent habit of filling up before the warning light comes on. An empty gas tank can be the cause of multiple problems. Here are some of them:

  • Chance of Being Stranded. As mentioned before, it can be very stressful to run your gas tank that low. You could be stuck on the side of the road with no gas left in your car. Of course, you can call up a friend or family nearby. But, if no one is available or close by, you'd have to fork out money for roadside assistance.
  • Damage to Catalytic Converter. Your catalytic converter is an essential part of your vehicle's exhaust system. Right before you stall out, your catalytic converter can take damage. And this car part is not cheap to replace.
  • Overheating of Fuel Pump. Your vehicle's fuel pump is engineered to transfer gasoline to the engine. The pump is situated and immersed in the gas tank. When you run your gas close empty, it's possible for the pump to overheat, leading to premature wear.
  • Debris Buildup in Fuel Pump. Over time, there is usually a layer of debris that ends up settling at the bottom of your gas tank. The layer of gunk usually sits there. However, your automobile will accidentally pick up this stuff when it's attempting to collect the very last bit of fuel. Consequently, this could hurt and clog your fuel pump.

You can avoid these hazards by being more aware of your fuel levels. It's not a difficult task! Another good tip is to fill up when you are left with a quarter of a tank to avoid trouble. If you need a fuel service or any other automotive repair services, 515 Motorsport is happy to assist you. Give us a call or visit our shop in Liberty, MO, today!

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