Driving on Empty | Sand Springs Auto Care

Driving when your gas gauge hits empty not only risks being stranded, it can also cause damage that will have you searching for a Sand Springs auto care technician.

You were headed home after the dog show when you noticed your gas gauge was on “empty.” With the kids screaming for dinner you decided not to stop for gas but to go straight home. You figure you probably have enough gas to get home then to a gas station on your way to work Monday.

That’s a risk most every driver takes at one time or another. And some drivers frequently drive when the gas gauge gets really low. But it’s not wise for reasons that have nothing to do with the possibility of running out of gas and getting stranded by the side of the road.

Frequently driving with a low fuel tank is bad for your car.

Auto.howstuffworks.com explains, “Driving on an empty tank, or even one that's getting close to the dregs in the bottom, can cause damage to your car in a number of ways.

“You won't get very far driving on empty, but in the moments before you do stall out, your car's catalytic converter, which is part of the exhaust system, can be damaged. …

“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. …

“But getting nasty sediments stuck in your fuel pump isn't the only way that you could be damaging it. 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 do damage your catalytic converter, fuel pump, or fuel filter, you’ll need a Sand Springs auto care specialist for help. You can find a trusted Sand Springs auto care expert at Same Day Auto Repair.

Same Day is an AAA-approved auto repair facility. Same Day is the No. 1 AAA-approved auto repair service center in Oklahoma and has been for years. AAA members get a 10 percent discount on labor.

Same Day is the trusted locally owned service center for Tulsa auto care and auto repair. Same Day has six conveniently located Tulsa auto care and auto repair centers to help you - BerryhillSheridanBixbySand Springs, Claremore, and Southern Hills. For the best local Tulsa auto care and auto repair, call Same Day. Call today.

If you're worried about cost. Don't. Ask your Sand Springs auto care technician about Same Day's payment options that can keep you on the road for as little as $40 per month. Your Sand Springs auto care technician can explain the program in detail and walk you through the easy three-minute application process.

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