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April 18, 2014

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Car Corner: Runnin' On Empty?

Originally published: 2012-11-27 21:33:34
Last modified: 2012-11-28 17:06:52

From The Greeneville Neighbor News

How many times have you thought your vehicle is “running on fumes?”

You might not be aware of how much damage can occur very quickly by running your vehicle until it hits the “E” mark.

The fuel pump supplies fuel to the engine. The fuel pump needs a constant supply of fuel and needs fuel around the pump to keep it cool.

When your vehicle gets down close to empty, the fuel pump will not work properly. Sediment from the bottom of the fuel tank can get sucked into the pump.

When there is too little fuel in the tank, the pump cannot cool itself and can burn up. Adding fuel to the tank at this point will not repair the damage; a new pump must be installed. Fuel pump replacements are not cheap.

To avoid this problem try to keep at least a quarter tank of fuel in your vehicle.

It is tempting with the high fuel prices to only put a small amount of fuel in your tank, but don’t risk it. Fuel is cheaper than a fuel pump replacement.

If you have any questions about your vehicle, always contact a qualified repair shop for help.

Greeneville Neighbor News article sponsored by Kar-Pro Service Center, 423-638-6727.

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