Letting your gas tank run low could cause problems for your engine. The Madison auto repair specialists at any one of Madiosn Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers can help solve engine problems.
You knew you were low on gas, but you went ahead and took the kids to the zoo. At the price of gas these days, you’re putting off refills as long as possible. This time, you made it to the zoo and home again with no problems. You’ll probably get some gas later this week.
Trying to save money is understandable. Some drivers put off getting refills as long as possible. Others never really fill their tank, only putting in a few dollars worth that they hope will hold them for awhile.
Understandable, yes, but both strategies risk harming your car.
“Letting your car get below an eighth of a tank increases the odds you’ll damage your fuel system. To be on the safe side, refill by the time you’re down to a quarter tank,” according to news.yahoo.com. “Each time you fill your car’s gas tank, you end up adding some particulates and sediment that settle at the bottom of your tank, [says David Bennett, the manager of repair systems for AAA.] (This is even more important if you tend to buy cheaper gas rather than top-tier brands with more detergents and corrosion inhibitors that help extend the life of your car’s engine.)
“‘If you run the gas too low, you have the opportunity to pick up some of that sediment into your fuel system, which could then clog up your fuel filter.’ Worse yet, Bennett says, ‘It could clog your fuel injectors. And that would cause engine performance problems.'”
Best case scenario is that you only clog your fuel filter and need to replace it. Worse case – you damage your fuel injectors.
If you’re trying to save on gas, better strategies include filling up more than once a week and making sure your tire pressure is correct, according to news.yahoo.com.
If something does go wrong with your car’s fuel system or any other auto system, it’s time to consult the Madison auto repair and auto care technicians at one of Madison Auto Care's seven NAPA service centers - Clausen Auto, Handel Auto, Genin’s Auto, Capitol Tire, Odana Tire, Hansen’s Auto, or Aeschbach Auto.
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