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Re: How big is a WK2 gas tank?

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It has a low fuel light? When is it supposed to come on?
Mine comes on at about when the EVIC calculates about 30-40 miles remaining. I don't run mine that low very often, however...the few times have just been "timing" related, balancing business travel and local driving with getting to the station I use in NJ for fueling. (30-40 cents cheaper per gallon than here in PA)

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Re: How big is a WK2 gas tank?

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It has a low fuel light? When is it supposed to come on?
My wife and I have this argument. I haven't seen the fuel light in the last 3 GC's. She's seen the fuel light in her Camry many times. I gas up at a quarter or a little under, depends on where the trip home that day hits on the gauge. I don't let it go any farther though - even on road trips, I get gas at a quarter. Be damned if I'm getting stuck in traffic and running out and having to go fetch!

I keep telling her, when she runs out, she's the one hoofing it to the gas station with the kiddo in tow if I can't get to her.
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Re: How big is a WK2 gas tank?

This reminds me when I had my 1985 Kawasaki 6-cylinder Voyager touring bike. It had......

1.) A 8.4 gallon fuel tank, and a LED analog fuel gauge, consisting of a dozen or so illuminated bars that would go out as the fuel was consumed.

2.) a trip computer, (range, miles to empty, current MPG, etc.), which was pretty rare in the 80's. Especially on a motorcycle. (The 6-cylinder 1300 Kawasaki was one of the first with Digital Fuel Injection).

3.) a "Low Fuel" warning light.

4.) A reserve valve on the tank, just in case you ignored all of the above.

The motorcycle weighed 804 pounds dry. So it was all but impossible to push anywhere but a few feet. The dealer I bought it from told me they had several people who ran them completely out of fuel. I had a hard time believing it, let alone believe someone would actually be dumb enough to admit it.
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...low fuel light? When is it supposed to come on?

NEVER!!!....it's like when in the military and you ask a soldier when do you need a haircut???....the Soldier's reply should be...NEVER....because you always get it before you need it!
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Re: How big is a WK2 gas tank?

I usually try to keep the tank half full just to be prepared in case of a storm or other disaster that knocks out power over a large area.

Our old city's emergency manager said that it's relatively easy to air drop food and water in a major disaster. Delivering large quantities of fuel is not.
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Re: How big is a WK2 gas tank?

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The 2017 is 24.6 gallons.
So is the 2014 [approximate, per FCA docs] or 93 liter.
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Re: How big is a WK2 gas tank?

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Why let it get so low before refueling? I honestly don't know if my fuel light even works as I never let it get that low.
Agreed. They really should change the icon for the low fuel light to an outline of a person walking with a gas can, and rename it the "pedestrian light" because you risk becoming one.

This may be a regional thing, where folks who live where there is a gas station on every other block may let it get more empty than those who regularly drive where there are signs "Next Services 106 miles"

I guess the "low fuelers" would tend to have less cruft building up in the bottom of the tank.... by running it thru their nice expensive engine.
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So you risked running out of fuel on the turnpike to save .60 a gallon?
But he saved just over 12 bucks, where if that failed, he'd probably only wear a few cents worth of sole off his shoes, plus gas can rental.
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Re: How big is a WK2 gas tank?

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That's good for daily driving, but on a 2000 mile trip, let's say running until the low fuel light comes on gives you 500 miles. Running to 1/4 tank gives you 400 miles.

If I stop every quarter tank, it means 1-2 extra fuel stops.

That rare time now and then running down to only a few gallons left will not hurt your vehicle.

I try to normally fuel up at no less than 1/4 tank simply because if I get trapped on a road due to major accident or blizzard conditions, I might be trapped for a couple days. I don't want to run out of gas while trying to keep myself from freezing.
Where the safety benefits of those extra stops, just to stretch, take a breather, get a cuppa joe, recycle a cuppa joe, doesn't seem to be part of the equation.

I only get to 1/4 tank when I know there are lots of stations OR there isn't much of an alternative, and there are few places where there aren't any stations within at least 150 miles.
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Re: How big is a WK2 gas tank?

I was driving somewhere out yonder on my way to Montana once in my Yukon, I think it was South Dakota. Can't remember whether I was pulling a trailer or not, but if I wasn't I don't know why I would have been driving. I remember that "Next services 106 miles" sign. I was glad to see it because we were getting pretty low. Then we got to the station and it was closed, looked like it had been closed for years. Yikes, and then the fuel light came on. But we made it, definitely on fumes and probably with a good tail wind.

Ever since, when that fuel light comes on I think "Guess I better get gas sometime this week."
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I was driving somewhere out yonder on my way to Montana once in my Yukon, I think it was South Dakota. Can't remember whether I was pulling a trailer or not, but if I wasn't I don't know why I would have been driving. I remember that "Next services 106 miles" sign. I was glad to see it because we were getting pretty low. Then we got to the station and it was closed, looked like it had been closed for years. Yikes, and then the fuel light came on. But we made it, definitely on fumes and probably with a good tail wind.

Ever since, when that fuel light comes on I think "Guess I better get gas sometime this week."
Take I-70 west from Green River Utah some time.

A whole lotta nothing but nothing [although highly scenic nothing] for over 100 miles.

Several places in eastern Montana that could match your description.
Allegedly has more highway miles and fewer hospitals than any other state in the union, including Alaska. Used to have signs during the unlimited speed limit era indicating "next hospital XXX miles" on some of the state highways.
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