Is It Bad To Drive With An Empty Tank?

We’ve all had those days. You’ve had a long day at work, traffic is terrible, and you notice that your gas light is activated. The gas station is just ahead, but you really don’t feel like stopping and dealing with the hassle of getting out and filling up. So you breeze by the station, deciding to get gas in the morning or later on. But is that really something that is OK to do? Is it bad for your car to drive on empty? In a word, it is. The pros at Del Hatt Automotive in Poughkeepsie NY explain why you should always make sure you keep gas in your vehicle.

You Could Run Out Of Gas

Can you imagine the embarrassment of having to call a tow truck because you ran out of gas? Not to mention the expense? And all that because you just didn’t feel like stopping. Most modern cars will alert you far before you actually completely run out of gas, and these gas lights and indicators are not to be ignored. Damage to your vehicle caused by running out of gas aside, this is just a problem that is simply avoided by stopping and filling up your tank.

It’s Not Good For Your Engine

Driving with low fuel every once in a while probably isn’t going to damage your vehicle, especially if you manage to gas up before your fuel tank goes completely dry. But running your vehicle with no gas on a regular basis can damage your engine and fuel system. Your car’s fuel pump is designed to be submerged in gasoline as it pumps fuel to your engine, and running your vehicle with no gas means your fuel pump can misfire and even fail. And running an engine with no gas can cause it to lock up and completely fail. The simple alternative to all this is to get gas when your tank is low.

Make An Appointment

If you are one of those who drive with no gas on a frequent basis and you are concerned about the health of your car’s engine and fuel line, make an appointment with the team at Del Hatt Automotive in Poughkeepsie NY. We would be happy to check your car from top to bottom for any damage that might be present. In the meantime, though, it is probably a good idea to just gas up your vehicle and make sure it always has more than a quarter of a tank. Make an appointment!

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