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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2005 2:56 am 
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to start I have a 1993 geo metro XFI hatchback..well I filled up when the gas gauge was a tad above empty and it only took 5.5 gallons? the owner's manual says it holds 10.5 gallons? I am confused..should I just drive it until it runs out of gas? and is there a gas "light" that comes on? any help would be great..thanks


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2005 10:12 pm 
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Someone had told me that its bad to run the fuel pump when the tank is really really empty. I try to fill up when the gauge reads half full or less. Now that the temps are colder, I am getting better gas mileage, as the windows are closed....no air drag I suppose. :)


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It could be something just as simple as the metering rod in the tank being bent. It is easy to do when a fuel pump gets changed.. (Don't ask me how I know :))

If it is consistant, and you can live with it, Just drive it tuntil a "tad above" empty and re-fuel. Especially in the winter, it is better to drive on the "top" half of the tank anyway. Keeps the moisture levels down...

But it is correct that it is a bad idea to run out of gas on a car with an electric fuel pump. The liquid in the tank is what cools the pump, and running out repeatedly will certainly cause early pump failure.....

Hence me getting a 1991 metro for $250 that the PO did not want to change the fuel pump on....

Mav


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:03 pm 
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mavinwy wrote:
It could be something just as simple as the metering rod in the tank being bent. It is easy to do when a fuel pump gets changed.. (Don't ask me how I know :))

If it is consistant, and you can live with it, Just drive it tuntil a "tad above" empty and re-fuel. Especially in the winter, it is better to drive on the "top" half of the tank anyway. Keeps the moisture levels down...

But it is correct that it is a bad idea to run out of gas on a car with an electric fuel pump. The liquid in the tank is what cools the pump, and running out repeatedly will certainly cause early pump failure.....

Hence me getting a 1991 metro for $250 that the PO did not want to change the fuel pump on....

Mav


I take it you are aware that not all electric pumps are "in tank" pumps. In fact the first three cars I had with electric pumps had them mounted on the left frame rail, right about where the filter on these cars is.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2005 3:16 pm 
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1993 metro should be in the tank..

But yes, I am aware that not all are in the tank.....

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