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What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

My best is 13.9 gallons... Yes, for real. I've got a reciept to prove it. (not that that would really prove anything
But I could maybe perform the feat again at FX03).

I never get less than 12 gallons in, low 13's if I push it, but this one time, I couldnt' believe I got 13.9!

I do drain it really low, and fill it up till it comes up the filler neck... Anybody do better?
 

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

no. i usually fill up around 8 - 10 gallons down.

13.9 is craaaazy!
 

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

I think I've gotten around 13.4 or so before...but my car died in the process


BTW...you have a PM
 

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

Originally posted by wrcfan:
It was my understanding that overfilling the tank (by repeated efforts to squeeze more fuel in after the pump shut off) can ruin the charcoal canister that traps fuel vapors.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Yup.

And when the car is a few years old, they can be a royal pain to replace. The little rubber grommets and tubes dry out and its just about impossible to remove them without breaking them.

My personal best is 12.8 gallons.
 

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

not to mention that by draining it so low can burn up the fuel pump.

the fuel pump uses the surrounding fuel as its coolant, so by running the level so low you are diminishing the life of the pump.

and remember, the pumps aren't cheap

l8r, John
 

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

The topic name should be changed to "whose fuel pump will die next?"

j/p

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

I always wait until the fuel light comes on, but not much longer, as I know the pump needs that fuel to stay cool.

11.4 is the most I've done. My fuel light comes on at 10 gallons out.
 

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If I fill up when the light comes on it's about 10 gallons. I went 360 miles with the needle just below the E and it took 11.9 gallons.
 

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

It was my understanding that overfilling the tank (by repeated efforts to squeeze more fuel in after the pump shut off) can ruin the charcoal canister that traps fuel vapors.
 

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

****... never heard of that.

I've been doing it for 50,000 km... of course, my "check fuel cap" light came on last week and I can't get it to go off. Maybe that's why...

Uh oh.
 

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Why does my gas guage never go to full? Most of the time I fill up a bit after the light comes on. I don't think I have ever gotten more than 10.5 gallons. Is the guage messed up? How do I get it to fill?
 

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

Originally posted by railman:
not to mention that by draining it so low can burn up the fuel pump.

the fuel pump uses the surrounding fuel as its coolant, so by running the level so low you are diminishing the life of the pump.

and remember, the pumps aren't cheap

l8r, John
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Ford putting a crappy screening/filtering system in the bottom of the canister is what causes the pump to go out.


I'd like to know how many pumps *really* burned out. Mine behaved as if it were burned out and not pumping. But....guess what! Pulled the pump, cleaned the filter and bingo...pumped worked fine.


Also, there was a lot of crap in the bottom of my tank. Yes, I cleaned it out.


[ 04-27-2003, 04:39 PM: Message edited by: Phillip ]
 

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

I usually get about 11.4gal
. I thought I had a 12gal tank... Learn something new everyday.
 

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Originally posted by wrcfan:
It was my understanding that overfilling the tank (by repeated efforts to squeeze more fuel in after the pump shut off) can ruin the charcoal canister that traps fuel vapors.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">I thought the returnless system did away with the need for a charcoal canister?

On a quasi-related note, I was once charged for 15.2 gallons in my old BMW with a 14.3 gallon tank. I called the State Attorney General and never went back there again.
 

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Fuel light came on today while driving so I filled up with 11.571 gallons of gas.
 

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Re: What\'s the most fuel you\'ve gotten into the tank?

Hmmm... all this makes me wonder.

I have a fuel pressure gauge, and it doesn't hold steady anymore, it bounces a bit. +/- 5psi from target. I don't know if it's the pump burning out, the screen is dirty, filter is clogged...

Hmmm, can any of the techs comment?

Maybe it's all related.
 
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