Take Care of Your Car… Why You Shouldn’t Drive with an Almost Empty Fuel Tank

Many drivers often overlook the warning light on the fuel tank in the dashboard, unaware that the fuel tank should not fall below a quarter. This oversight can lead to the car stopping in the middle of the road, and worse, it can cause mechanical parts such as the engine and fuel system components to malfunction.

As fuel is the essential factor in operating the engine and propelling the car, constant attention should be paid to the fuel level in the tank. Clean fuel at an adequate level in the tank smoothly passes through the fuel system, starting from the filter, then the pump, moving through the pipes that transport fuel to the injectors. Ultimately, it reaches the combustion chamber in the engine. This highlights that many mechanical parts can negatively impact fuel levels in the tank.

According to Torsten Heiss, an automotive expert at the German Technical Inspection Association, a significant drop in fuel levels can lead to the accumulation of debris that can quickly clog the fuel filter. If the fuel pump absorbs these deposits, it can lead to pump blockage and damage. Moreover, these residues reaching other components like the pipes through which gasoline passes to the injectors may result in the complete breakdown of the car.

Getting rid of these residues and impurities is a difficult and costly task in maintenance centers. Cleaning or replacing the pump with a new one is necessary, as well as cleaning other parts such as injectors and filters.

For diesel-powered cars equipped with a mechanical injection system, manual effort is required to drain air from the fuel system.

It’s worth noting that the fuel system filter should be periodically changed. The replacement schedule can be confirmed through the owner’s manual, as the timing varies from one car to another.

In conclusion, daily attention to the fuel tank level is crucial. Simple habits, such as ignoring the low fuel warning, can lead to significant malfunctions, such as engine failure or issues with other mechanical parts. It’s essential to remember that maintaining these parts is extremely costly, and sometimes maintenance experts may need to replace the engine with a new one.

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