Letting your tank get below a quarter full could be causing serious damage to the motor - costing drivers more in the long run for repairs, experts say. You could also get debris stuck in your fuel pump by running your tank too low. That's because any tiny particles that find their way into the gas tank settle at the bottom, and they tend to stay there until your car is trying to grab every last bit of fuel it can. When the fuel pump sucks up the last of your gas, any debris in your tank will go along with it, and the particles can get stuck in your pump or in your fuel filter.
In some cars, the fuel pump is located in the gas tank, and the gas acts like insulation and lubricant as it flows around the pump. If you're constantly running your gas tank dry, the fuel pump could be overheating, which will cause it to wear out prematurely.
If you are driving along, having ignored or missed your low fuel light, and your car starts to sputter, there are several things you should do immediately. Turn off the air conditioning — it will reduce engine stress, saving precious fuel. Turn off the stereo and unplug all devices. Roll the windows up to reduce drag and drive as slowly as you can until you reach a station.
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