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So I was stopping at a friend of mines house so she could grab some beers from her fridge tonight, and we sat in my car and smoked a cigarette before we took off. Right as I was finishing my smoke the car stalled. I knew I was low on gas but I've driven that thing to the bottom of the tank so many times and the gas light has never come on. Well, The car wouldn't start at all, it'd start turning over then choke out. I thought that since we were on a slight angle(passenger side sitting higher than driver) the little bit of gas may have sloshed to the corner of the tank and wasn't getting pumped through the fuel line. I thought I could maybe neutral roll down the hill(which never got level) so the gas was sloshed to the rear of my tank and it might start then, but instead her mother drove me to the station.

Maybe my low fuel light is burnt out? Is that a bitch to replace?
 

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you'll have to take the cluster out to get to the bulb, at least thats the way it was on my GT's cluster.

I ran the Civic out of gas, sittin there waiting for a train for 40 minutes I could hear the fuel pump chugging for gas and then it just died... 5 minutes later the train finally moved, the gas station was 100 feet down the road on the opposite of the damn tracks too. I hate trains.
 

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You musta had like no gas left anyways, in the Civic. My mom left our station wagon running for like EIGHT HOURS one time and it used up an eighth of a tank.

Anyway, I just fill up every 300 miles or so, the gas guages on fords seem to tend to suck. (The one on our Saturn seems to be more accurate.) I dunno. I don't think it would be such a huge deal if my guage broke.
 

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James is spot on. You'll have to pull the cluster to change the bulb. Not to horribly hard. It's actually quite easy once you have done it once or twice. Sucks about running out of gas though.


James, if you could hear the pump having a hard time why not turn off the car? :wink:


BTW last week when I filled up I put in 12.6 gallons into the LX's 12gal tank. 8O
 

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it was already too late. if I turned the car off it might not have started, or it might have started and then died as i crossed the tracks. I'd have been blocking traffic as it died on my way to the station anyway.

I just pushed it off and called my dad to bring the container of *shudders* 87 octane in the garage. Put some in and drove it to the station and topped it off. Have I mentioned that I hate trains?
 

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coyote-x said:
You musta had like no gas left anyways, in the Civic. My mom left our station wagon running for like EIGHT HOURS one time and it used up an eighth of a tank.
Oh man, whats the story behind this....did she fall asleep, go inside and get sidetracked by a..three movies, lock the keys inside, or maybe just wanted to see how long it would idle till it ran out of gas?

come on...tell us

btw, my friends lawnmowing buisness van and trailer (with ALL of their equipment) was stolen a year ago at 8.00 in the morning. The fuzz found it around 6.00 that night in some woods, running, and no more tools, only used about half a tank.
 

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coyote-x said:
You musta had like no gas left anyways, in the Civic. My mom left our station wagon running for like EIGHT HOURS one time and it used up an eighth of a tank.
I had 280 miles on the tank, which is about 12.9 gallons worth of gas, my car holds 13.2 gallons. I sat there idling for 40 minutes afraid to turn the car off because if i did the train would start to move and then i wouldn't be able to get hte car started again.

my mom turned my dads truck on last winter cause she thought he was going to work, well he stayed home for another couple of hours to catch up (he owns his own company, he can do that...) and the truck sat there and idled for 3 hours. He was pissed that I didn't turn it off when I saw it, but I didn't know he wasn't leaving soon.
 

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I like my car starter. It shuts the car off after 12 minutes. That is good b/c last winter I decided to try and carry the button around in my pocket. Well I sat down at a friends house and, well less than twelve minutes later, looked outside only to see my car running....
 

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yeah i runmy car on E constantly. ive had the car for 2 years and have only put 10 bucks or more in it about 8-9 times. i usuallyput in 3.00 or 5.00
 

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James92Scort said:
I ran the Civic out of gas, sittin there waiting for a train for 40 minutes I could hear the fuel pump chugging for gas and then it just died... 5 minutes later the train finally moved, the gas station was 100 feet down the road on the opposite of the damn tracks too. I hate trains.
In Michigan, there's a state law that says a train can't keep you at a crossing for more than 15 minutes. Probably for that very reason.

I ran my escort down past the E, like, WELL past the E, and, when i went to fill up, it took 11.49 gallons. And I have a 13.2 gallon tank. So that means, even WELL past E, I still had 1.71 gallons remaining. Meaning, with my driving, I could have made it another 25.65 miles. Not too shabby.
 

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Jamie:

I'd be surprised if the low fuel light is burnt out. My car has a million miles on it, I always drive the tank down to really empty before filling it and I've never burnt out that bulb. I'd be more inclined to believe that your car doesn't have the option of a low fuel light.

Changing the fuel filter after running out of gas is a good idea. I'd love to see how much debris is in the bottom of my fuel tank.
 

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I do mine in litres... bein a Canadian an all... and I have a 40 litre tank with a 2 litre resivoir... I went and filled my tank up ne day and put in 41.9 L.... I guess I only had about 10km to go! hahaha! It was close.
 

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highanddry said:
Changing the fuel filter after running out of gas is a good idea. I'd love to see how much debris is in the bottom of my fuel tank.
Highanddry... I'm pretty disappointed. That whole debris in the bottom of the tank myth is the biggest load of bologna. Just think about how much gas gets sloshed around when you're driving. No liquid could "settle" in the tank of a moving car.

Chances are it's the sending unit. My RX-7 was driven by a woman previously, and -nothing sexist- but women tend to be very paranoid. They always keep it above a 1/2 tank. I personally am the total opposite, mainly for weight reasons. I'll always keep it below 1/2. Anyway... my low fuel light wasn't working when I first got the car, but after several tanks of gas, getting it down to "almost gone", the fuel light domain has been exercised to the point that the sending unit now sends out a signal.

The way it works is that you have an arm (with a float bob on the end) that sweeps out a radial path in the tank. As the angle it makes changes, it reads into a variable resistor, which can then be read by the ECU.
 

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siragan:

Please don't be disappointed.

I had to replace the gas tank in my Trooper this summer. The tank on it is equipped with a drain plug. A lot of crap came out. Granted, it hadn't been driven a whole lot leading up that time and the fuel pump had kinda corroded a bit, but still.

Also, the portable (3 gallon) tanks I use in my little boat always accumulate sludge.

It happens, 'cos the draw off does not extend completely to the bottom of the tank and the tank is baffled, both of which promote build-up (the latter also is there primarily to defeat sloshing).
 

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Hey Jamie, I'm gonna do you a favour here...

Last time I ripped into my cluster and one at the junker simultaneously, I actually wrote down the bulb configuration for each cluster...I forgot I did that but just stumbled across it...this may actually come in handy for other people here too.

The cluster for the 91 LX wagon at the junker had no "low fuel" light option, unlike my 91 LX hatch. The low fuel light on mine is the fourth bulb over from the left on the bottom row.

The cluster on the 91 LX wagon (obviously not he sport package) had the following bulbs: four for illumination, left turn, right turn, (then from left to right across the bottom row) brake, liftgate, fuel cutout, check engine, high beams, seat belt, upshift, charging system, check coolant and oil pressure.

The cluster on my 91 LX hatch (sport option) has the following bulbs: five for illumination, left turn, right turn, (then from left to right across the bottom row) check coolant, brake, fuel cutout, low fuel, check engine, high beam, seat belt, charging system, oil pressure, upshift, liftgate.

Notice how different the layouts are.

So to save you some trouble, you don't have this light - don't waste your time ripping apart the dash. Just don't let you fuel tank run so low.
 

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I believe when the third gen low fuel light light comes on, it means there are 3 gallons left. Now I could be wrong, b/c when I learned this all I needed to know was that there was A LOT of gas left, like 75 miles worth.

I think its a 12 gal tank.
 
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