Is It OK To Drive On Empty

We’ve all had those days. Your morning commute took forever, your day at the office was long and stressful, and now here you are in traffic again, when all you want to do is get home and enjoy a little relaxation. And wouldn’t you know it – your gas light has just activated. The very last thing in the world you want to do is stop and fill up now, so you decide to drive the rest of the way home and worry about it in the morning. But is this really good for your car?

You Could Run Out Of Gas

This is the most obvious consequence of driving on empty. Go too long without filling up and eventually, your car is going to give up on you. At that point, you are either going to need to call for a tow or AAA, or you are going to have a long walk to a service station ahead of you. Both eventualities are extremely embarrassing and time-consuming, so when your car lets you know it is time to get gas, you had better listen.

Your Fuel Pump Will Thank You

Your car’s fuel pump was meant to be submerged in gasoline at all times, and when you drive on empty, it can lead to misfires and malfunctions. An auto repair technician will tell you that fuel pump issues are complicated and expensive to repair, so do your fuel pump a favor and just keep a quarter of a tank of gas in your car at all times.

Make An Appointment

If you suspect that you’ve done damage to your fuel line by chronic driving on empty, make an appointment with us today. We can inspect your fuel system for issues and help with needed repairs. In the meantime, just make sure you keep gas in your vehicle, no matter how badly you don’t want to stop.

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