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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

when I was in the military, they taught that we should never go below half a tank


9 posted on 04/08/2013 6:25:15 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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Hubby was in the army and then was a firefighter for 33 years. He is OCD about gas in the car. I will run it to the red line but anything close to 1/4 of a tank deserves a fill-up in his view.


43 posted on 04/08/2013 7:58:17 AM PDT by sheana
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when I was in the military, they taught that we should never go below half a tank

Wife is emphatic about it after being caught low during an impending Florida hurricane, when all the gas stations shut down and bailed.

Years later a mechanic said that with these new cars, driving too often with a low tank left the internal gas pump exposed and not insulated by the gas, and tended to fail more often.

Between the two, I now top off when I get near a half tank.

45 posted on 04/08/2013 8:32:57 AM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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My wife and I argue about this. We drive cars with very good mileage. She fills up almost every time she passes a Sams Club or Costco (ok, a little exaggeration there), while I wait until 1/4 tank or so is left. That’s still over 100 miles until empty. I don’t think it is efficient to fill up at 1/2 tank, unless you plan on driving on roads where there is no gas for hundreds of miles.


48 posted on 04/08/2013 8:41:24 AM PDT by NCLaw441
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