Do you only fuel when the reserve indicator lights up on your car’s counter? It’s a straightforward path to an unpleasant situation. You may not get home because the car will go out and its engine may be damaged.
Huge duty, no time, no stations on the way – so we go to the last drop of fuel in the tank. Unfortunately, this carelessness can cost us a lot, because, in the long run, we will spend on repair. Do not allow less than a quarter of the fuel in the tank, especially in winter. Unfortunately, many drivers are notorious on the reserve. Very high fuel prices are high. Many simply can not afford to refuel the car “under the plug”. But what we do save on fuel, we will have to spend in a car workshop.
Why is it risky?
First, there is air in the tank that is not filled with fuel, which contains water vapor. As a result of the temperature changes in the tank, water vapor condenses on the walls and thus creates water. In turn, water, freezing, can block the fuel system. In addition, it causes corrosion of the tank, which significantly shortens its lifespan. Secondly, most cars have a fuel pump that is cooled and lubricated with fuel in the tank. When the fuel in the tank is low, on the bends or corners the pump sucks air instead of fuel and loses lubrication for a moment. Of course, once or several suits will not break the pump immediately, but more often can result in the need to replace it. Chronic driving on reserve is distinguished by LPG car owners who usually refuel with enough gasoline to start the engine. This results in a rapid blurring of the fuel pump causing the car to stop running on petrol. In summer, the engine can be easily started on the gas, but in the winter there is a problem – then replace the fuel pump.
What else could break?
Frequent driving on the reserve makes the tank and fuel system components corrode inside. This applies mainly to older car models because newer tanks are often plastic. In addition, fuel due to its composition promotes corrosion. If there is rust in the fuel system, it can block the fuel filter or injector. Buying a fuel filter costs between 30 and 120 pounds. As for the injectors, in their case, you have to rely on a much larger expenditure. The price varies from 400 to 1100pounds per item, and it is worth remembering that it is recommended to exchange sets.
Riding on vapors can also lead to difficult diagnoses of motor disorders. In modern diesel engines, this can cause a sudden increase in oil temperature. This is because they have the function of preventing the fuel going to the end so as to protect the injectors against seizure. When the fuel level in the tank approaches zero, the car can go into emergency mode.
Sometimes the fuel level sensor will fail. Often we do not know and we unconsciously emptied the fuel tank to the end. This is a small but important element that we should store in the event of a failure. For about 100 pounds you can buy a solid fuel level sensor. When taking a long trip, it is worth taking a small can of fuel. Then we will not be surprised and we will go to the gas station without any damage to the fuel system.
Notorious riding on the reserve is not a good idea. In addition to the fact that the car stops at the least expected moment, it is still possible to damage them and the cost of repairs will be really great, so remember to frequent refueling and do not postpone it for later.