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Low on gas?

Low on gas?

by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on April 29, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 1:19 PM

Running out of gas could cost you a lot more than you think.

I bring this up because we all know gas prices are way up and many can't completely gas up.

The word for many of us around the newsroom is that we're putting just five or ten bucks in the tank these days and hoping it gets us to where we need to go.

But, there's a word of warning about coasting on fumes and it comes from AAA.

This week, AAA spokesman Dave Carlson sent out a news release with the following information about the potential danger to your car's engine if you are low or out of gas:

"Running a vehicle extremely low on fuel may cause sediment in the bottom of the tank to clog the fuel pump pickup, the fuel filter or even the fuel injectors."

"Drivers may think they're being resourceful stretching a tank of gas as long as possible, but the cost to replace an electric fuel pump can be $500 or more in parts and labor. And that's what may happen when there's no fuel inside the tank for the device to pump."

So, hopefully you never have to get to the point of what could be called "engine failure."  But to avoid it you might want to remember that low gas or no gas could really hurt your car's engine.

Happy travels,