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Re: How low (fuel tank) have you dared to go?

Doesn't matter the material of the tank, it's more to do with the air in the tank and the outside air temperature. Those factors would affect any gas tank.

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Doesn't matter the material of the tank, it's more to do with the air in the tank and the outside air temperature. Those factors would affect any gas tank.
Greetings,

That is 100%+ correct no ifs or buts.

For example:

Even when I leave any vehicle in the parking lot during a day of sking, I make sure that the tank has a safe level of gas in it. The stationary effect will cause problems very quickly as the temperatures drop and we have no control over mother nature.

I doubt if any one will insulate the entire fuel line and tank.

The only time I let the tank run down to get the warning light and then some was to get rid of bad tank of gas.

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Re: How low (fuel tank) have you dared to go?

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Re: How low (fuel tank) have you dared to go?

Is that a UP Big Boy ? Where were you ? (wrong synaps at first.
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Re: How low (fuel tank) have you dared to go?

i run mine until it shows no DTE the most i have refilled is 26.5gal 100ltrs. most weeks i run it too 23.7gal 90ltrs. im in the industry and as long as the fuel tank isnt ran dry the pumps will be fine. btw this is for gas and not diesel and here in aust we dont have the subzero temps as you do in the states.
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Re: How low (fuel tank) have you dared to go?

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Is that a UP Big Boy ? Where were you ? (wrong synaps at first.
Greetings,

Yes, that is a 4-8-8-4 Union Pacific Big Boy # 4012 sitting on display at Steamtown National Historic Site. I went out their for a fall foliage ride powered by an F3 Diesel. Both Steam Locomotives are under the mandatory FRA overhaul. The switcher is coming back on line this spring.

Steamtown National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

Big Boy # 4014 is going under restoration at the UP shop in Wyoming right now for service down the road.


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BTW, you are the first person to ask about the steam locomotive in the picture.

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Re: How low (fuel tank) have you dared to go?

I usually fill up around 1/4 to 1/8 of a tank. No sense in pushing it trying to squeak out some insignificant range just to say you could.

As far as the "fuel pump cooling" from the fuel, I'm a lil skeptical about that. I've never had a fuel pump failure in over 25 years of driving. If you think about it, the fuel pump is only moving one gallon of fuel every 15 minutes or so. That works out to one cup (8 oz) per minute. It's not working very hard. It seems to me people tend to sweat the small stuff.
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Re: How low (fuel tank) have you dared to go?

One time I managed to get to 23.5 gallons fill with the EVIC showing "not very many miles" left...but I never get it get that low normally. I'll buy a few gallons of gas, even if it's "expensive gas" (compared to where I normally buy) to avoid running on fumes.
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I usually fill up around 1/4 to 1/8 of a tank. No sense in pushing it trying to squeak out some insignificant range just to say you could.

As far as the "fuel pump cooling" from the fuel, I'm a lil skeptical about that. I've never had a fuel pump failure in over 25 years of driving. If you think about it, the fuel pump is only moving one gallon of fuel every 15 minutes or so. That works out to one cup (8 oz) per minute. It's not working very hard. It seems to me people tend to sweat the small stuff.
Hmmm I guess you are not familiar with fuel starvation and fuel pressure issues and consequences. Fuel into the engine, even at 8 oz/min is not exactly gravity fed or delivered at garden hose pressures.
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Re: How low (fuel tank) have you dared to go?

When my low fuel comes on,the amount of miles too go will vanish.

I think its around 30 miles too go but i'm not sure! Has anyone noted when your low fuel comes on how many m-t-g were left.Not that i trust it.
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Doesn't the fuel pump run overly warm when running on a low tank?
no. just a myth
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Defect? Nah...

If you live in a cold weather state you should keep your gas tank above half full at all times. Condensation can build up in a near empty gas tank in extremely cold temperatures, which can cause fuel line freeze up and your vehicle not starting.

If you are driving an 83 pinto maybe
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