Something Everyone Should Read

Discussion in 'General' started by Ford Man, May 1, 2012.

  1. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    This is something I think everyone should read, especially if they take their car to a garage for repairs. Could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on repairs, plus it gives you information on how and who to contact if you think you been scammed in an auto repair.

    http://www.youfixcars.com/support-files/freeautorepairguide.pdf
     
  2. rfruth

    rfruth Well-Known Member

    Thanks, it says The best way to protect your fuel system is never run your vehicle below a
    quarter of a tank. My question / comment is the fuel pickup is in the bottom of the tank so what difference does it make ?
     
  3. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    This would have nothing to do with picking up trash, but the gas in the tank does help cool the fuel pump and will often contribute to premature failure if it's not submerged in fuel and sometimes if you run out of gas running the fuel pump dry will destroy them. I used to run mine down to near empty before filling back up, but have started filling them at 1/4-1/2 a tank in the past several years and haven't had a fuel pump failure since. I've also read that younger drivers usually have higher rates of fuel pump failures and they suspect it's because most of them drive with the tank near empty most of the time.
     
  4. aca2983

    aca2983 Well-Known Member

    I've been driving for 25 years, fill my tank when it is on E, and have never had a fuel pump failure on any vehicle, regardless of miles put on it. Just sayin'...
     
  5. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    the scary part is that the submerged fuel pump uses a brushed DC motor, and those generate lots of sparks.. how come cars dont explode all over the place?.. and yes they do wear out, get an OEM replacement unless you want to drop the tank again 6 months later..
     
  6. worthywads

    worthywads Don't Feel Like Satan, I am to AAA

    +1
     
  7. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    Pretty much any gasoline tank that is at least partially full is outside of the flammable range because its vapors are too rich. It is the tanks that look empty but still have residual fumes that are the explosion hazard.
     
  8. all_about_the_glide

    all_about_the_glide Well-Known Member

    Anecdotal, but only fuel pump I've ever had go wrong was on my wife's saab and she fills at close to a quarter tank just about every time, where I've been known to drive on vapors.

    Much to her disbelief, I replaced the electric motor inside the pump myself...access under the rear passenger seat, went to google U to learn how to make the removal tool out of PVC.
     
  9. Ford Man

    Ford Man Well-Known Member

    Aftermarket fuel pumps are often as good as OEM. I've had a replacement fuel pump in my '88 Escort that came from Auto Zone it's probably been in for 10+ years and over 200K miles.
     
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Probably 2,000 tanks in my lifetime and most to below E. Never had a fuel pump failure... Yet ;)

    Wayne
     

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