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Old 06-18-2019, 03:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wanted to fill up at the cheapest place in the area. About 5 miles away the last bar on the gauge went out. Made it ok and put in 10.173 gallons rounding up to an even $24. How much gas was left and how far can you go when that last bar disappears?
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Wanted to fill up at the cheapest place in the area. About 5 miles away the last bar on the gauge went out. Made it ok and put in 10.173 gallons rounding up to an even $24. How much gas was left and how far can you go when that last bar disappears?
Just checked my owner's manual which says the tank holds 10.6 gallons. You had about 20 or 30 miles left. But you know to never, ever run it that low.
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I'm not sure. iirc, a gallon or more. This has been discussed before so you might find the threads with the Google Custom Search tool.
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Shoot. I get all squirrelly when I get down to a couple bars, even though I know I have another hunnert miles, easy. If the last bar vanished I’d likely poop my pants!
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You had about 20 or 30 miles left. But you know to never, ever run it that low.
Not really. A dozen gas stations in that area within walking distance.

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Distance with no bars will depend on car and driving style.

I drove about 17 miles (very gently ) with no bars in my silver mt. I put 10.4 gallons in it at fill up.

Haven't worked up the nerve to try again.
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Just confirming that it isn't totally empty when the last bar goes off, not that I plan on doing this often.
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Just be cautious that every car might have its own calibration. Zero bars is Honda saying we are no longer responsible.

I have emptied my gas tank in preparation for removing it, by running the fuel pump into a container. I don’t remember the exact numbers but at zero bars I didn’t get much more gas out. Less than half a gallon. I would not make a habit of it. Even after the fuel pump ran dry, there was fuel sloshing in the tank, so some of the fuel is “unusable”.
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I usually drive until no bars of fuel showing and then will go 30-50 miles more.

A few years ago I experimented. I filled up early Sunday morning, all the way up the filler neck to the gas cap. I drove from the gas station near my home in Upland, Ca to San Jose, Ca to Pasadena, Ca back to Upland. In the morning I took my one gallon gas can with one gallon and put it in a large garbage bag and took of to work and back for the day. When I got close to home I still had not run out of gas, so drove around for another 5 miles until the car sputtered out.
I added the one gallon from the can and drove back to the same pump, two blocks away. I put 10.3 on top of the one from the can, all the way up the filler neck to the cap for a total of 11.3.

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I usually drive until no bars of fuel showing and then will go 30-50 miles more.
I do the exact same thing. Been doing it every single week for the past year. I filled up on my way home from work today. It took 10.643 gal.

I record every single drop of gas introduced into the filler neck, from every single fill, religiously, via the mileagekeeper app on my phone. And here they are:
10.643
10.481
10.24
10.472
10.552
10.474
10.29
10.615
10.708
12.482
11.001
10.337
10.067
10.171
10.726
10.732
11.167
10.793
10.989
11.213
13.002
10.58
10.723
10.2
10.5
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