Driving your vehicle when the low-fuel light on is dangerous—it can damage your engine or even lead to a crash. That said, if you’re in a pinch and you need a little time to find a gas station, how many miles do you have once that light comes on?
Is the tank really empty when the light comes on?
The short answer is, no. Automobile manufacturers don’t usually disclose how far their engines can go after the low-fuel warning light kicks on or the fuel gauge dips past “E”. But, from those who’ve dared to venture into this territory, we know that most manufacturers build in a small reserve past the gas light sensor. There’s typically about a gallon (3.8 liters) of fuel beyond the “empty” line. They know that people procrastinate refilling their tanks, and running out of fuel can leave you stranded or cause a crash on the road, and can also damage expensive auto parts.
If you’re constantly riding your low-fuel light to empty, your engine might need a tune-up. At V&F, we strive to provide our customers with a well-rounded knowledge of all things automotive. Since 1988, our family-owned and operated service center has been providing top-quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. Call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online