Keep your tank off empty during the cold weather

Published: Nov. 12, 2019 at 5:43 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - With the temperature dipping below the freezing mark for the second night in a row, it may be time to check the fuel level in your vehicle.

If you leave your car’s gas tank at a quarter tank or under during the cold spell, you may encounter one of several problems.

Esurance had a recent survey of about 2000 drivers. It was found that one-third of those surveyed say they wait until the gas light turns on to fill up their tank. With this cold spell, automotive pro Tim Jasper says that may not be such a good idea.

“Don’t run around on a low tank. It’s one of the worst things you can do," said Jasper.

Temperatures are falling, and those who drive in the extreme cold have likely heard you should never let your fuel tank run down near empty.

Jasper says there’s more than one reason why it’s recommended to keep your tank well above the empty point in the cold: it could damage the fuel pump, the fuel lines will ice, which can cause condensation in an empty tank overnight. Condensation, of course, will freeze/

“Try to keep at least a quarter tank in there. You can always get some additives to put in there which is not a bad idea during the cold weather,” said Jasper.

Jasper says some may think that ethanol in gas is enough to act as an antifreeze and prevent freezing in your tank. He says not so. Don't wait for that gas light to come on to hit the pump when its cold.

“You’re better off just to suck it up and stop at the gas station and get you some gas in there. You’ll be better off,” said Jasper

Jasper says that a full tank will allow you can keep the car running in case you are stranded when its cold so you can stay warm.

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