While you don’t have to fill up your empty gas tank when it is only about 25% full – but many responsible drivers do. Of course, most do this to avoid running out of gas entirely, which is a completely valid reason.
However – did you know that driving with a near-empty gas tank is actually specifically bad for your vehicle? It’s not just a matter of avoiding empty; filling up your tank regularly can prolong your vehicle’s lifespan dramatically.
When driving on a gas tank that’s near empty (perhaps anything from empty to a quarter full), your vehicle is forced to use gasoline from the bottom of the barrel. Unfortunately, this is where sediment and debris tends to accumulate over time.
Additionally, gasoline somewhat acts like a coolant for the electric fuel-pump motor, so when you run low, extra heat is created – which can cause the fuel pump to fail entirely, whether you’re out of gas or not.
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