+1Why is there no mention in the OP about looking at the gas gauge? Shouldn’t an indicator be lit and the gauge be at E or below? That should have taken all guess work out of this.
Trying to make a long story short, condensed and paraphrased from what his dad told me...Always cracks me up when i see cars on the side of the interstate with something headed the wrong way in front of it trying to jump it off... has that ever gotten one of the side of the road?
Well cracking open the hood is a universal sign of distress so even if you don't know what's wrong, the open hood indicates that there's a problem. That actually happened to me once, I was driving over a bumpy road and afterwards the car stalled out and I coasted and pulled over. Had no idea what was wrong so I just opened the hood and figured I'd have to somehow call a tow truck and this was before cell phones. I wasn't really expecting to fix it but was just staring at the engine when I noticed that the wire to to ignition coil had come off. Hooked it back up and I was on my way.A lot of people that dont know Jack but feel macho looking under the hood of a car. I love those kind of people they're looking under the hood of a 5 year old car that doesn't start and they'll say something stupid like it's the carburetor. Btw that is one of worst things to do is drive around on fumes.
Back in HS, I borrowed my Dad's VW Beetle on the weekends and always and return it in the evening with gas gauge arrow pointed at "E".
Well cracking open the hood is a universal sign of distress so even if you don't know what's wrong, the open hood indicates that there's a problem. That actually happened to me once, I was driving over a bumpy road and afterwards the car stalled out and I coasted and pulled over. Had no idea what was wrong so I just opened the hood and figured I'd have to somehow call a tow truck and this was before cell phones. I wasn't really expecting to fix it but was just staring at the engine when I noticed that the wire to to ignition coil had come off. Hooked it back up and I was on my way.
I've also never run out of gas, but I was in a car once with a friend of mine and his gas gauge was reading low so I told him to get gas instead of trying to chance it. He felt that there was enough gas but decided to pull into a gas station. The car stalled just as we got to a pump. He still claim that wasn't because we were out of gas.
Always have had a habit of keeping each vehicle on FULL since the 70s. Guess OPEC did that to me. I usually hit the SHELL station that is about 2.5 miles away when I see 3/4 of a tank mark. Ran out of gas one time on my street one evening leaving to work a 03:00pm to 11:00pm shift and thank God my car stopped about a block from the house so it was not that hard to deal with. Also have only locked my keys in a car once. I guess once for that type of mess is enough to learn. It is probably near impossible these days to even lock your keys in on purpose with all the "smart cars, smart phones etc... connected to our cars, our homes and on and on......" One of my sons pointed out me the other day how times have changed when we saw a movie that showed a "Bell Telephone" booth on a city street corner! LOLI keep 1/4 tank of spare fuel in the tank, rarely letting it get below that level…
I wonder what certain women will do when in a couple decades everything is suppose to be electrical?
The energy management is so much more demanding, ranges so much shorter and "gassing up with just a can" on the side of the road nigh impossible.
Put an airtag in each others vehicles, these things are amazing.I forgot to mention the reason why I got the call and text from a strange number is because she forgot her phone at home and asked me to bring it.
And I guess a reason why she didn't believe that she was out of gas was because she managed to get it to a parking space, and didn't necessarily believe that it would somehow be out of gas at that exact point. I was telling her that there can be some weird things going on and there can be fuel in the system, but not enough to start or in the right place if it's low.
What ever happened to this weird friend? I know off topic but always wonder what comes of these people.People are weird. My friend was weird and dumb.
Nowadays I let it get to 1/8 before I consider refilling. We go at least a month between refills and I prefer to turnover as much fuel as possible....since fuel does have a shelf life.honestly, there is much to unpack here...unless a gas gauge is dysfunctional, why would anyone get under 1/2 without looking to refill? that lesson was drilled into me by a dear uncle who was a cold war, curtis lemay era, usaf sac tanker navigator.