This is a Nearly FML. It’s an FML, nearly. It got positive votes from the users, by wasn’t approved by our team.
Add a comment
You must be logged in to be able to post comments!
Create my account Sign in
Top comments
By  jbuckets_404  |  38

Actually, you risk seriously damaging your car's fuel pump inside the gas tank when running out of gas because its moving internal parts will seize up ie, burn up and jam, because there's no more liquid ie, gasoline, to keep said parts lubricated and cool.

You also risk causing an accident - and serious injuries & death for everybody involved - by possibly being rear-ended - ESP. on the freeway! - when your engine stops, which makes steering and braking much more difficult while also quickly slowing down & coasting.

Furthermore, the more you use up the gas below a 1/4-full gas tank, the more you also risk sending sediment and crud (from repeated fillings at the service station whose in-ground gasoline storage tanks accumulate corrosion, rust, and whatever other crud might be inside the tanker trucks that fill them) into your fuel line and down to the fuel injectors thereby plugging them up.

Even though my dad always kept his car's gas tank above 1/4-full, one day the fuel pump died nonetheless. It cost him $750 (US) to have it replaced back in 2012 despite a well-maintained vehicle less than 10 yrs old.

In addition, it's best to keep the gas tank always at least 1/2-full in the wintertime to minimize any condensation (water) from accumulating which might otherwise freeze inside the fuel line to plug it up (and possibly expand beyond its diameter thereby fracturing it) while your vehicle is parked outside overnight - or even just during the day at work - in (very) cold weather.

Comments
By  jbuckets_404  |  38

Actually, you risk seriously damaging your car's fuel pump inside the gas tank when running out of gas because its moving internal parts will seize up ie, burn up and jam, because there's no more liquid ie, gasoline, to keep said parts lubricated and cool.

You also risk causing an accident - and serious injuries & death for everybody involved - by possibly being rear-ended - ESP. on the freeway! - when your engine stops, which makes steering and braking much more difficult while also quickly slowing down & coasting.

Furthermore, the more you use up the gas below a 1/4-full gas tank, the more you also risk sending sediment and crud (from repeated fillings at the service station whose in-ground gasoline storage tanks accumulate corrosion, rust, and whatever other crud might be inside the tanker trucks that fill them) into your fuel line and down to the fuel injectors thereby plugging them up.

Even though my dad always kept his car's gas tank above 1/4-full, one day the fuel pump died nonetheless. It cost him $750 (US) to have it replaced back in 2012 despite a well-maintained vehicle less than 10 yrs old.

In addition, it's best to keep the gas tank always at least 1/2-full in the wintertime to minimize any condensation (water) from accumulating which might otherwise freeze inside the fuel line to plug it up (and possibly expand beyond its diameter thereby fracturing it) while your vehicle is parked outside overnight - or even just during the day at work - in (very) cold weather.