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Old 01-03-11, 10:59 AM   #1
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I have no gas

I was supposed to get gas yesterday morning when I got out of work. On my way there is was already starting to light up the low gas light. But somehow I forgot and drove 30 miles all the way home. It seems I got here with just the fumes. Now it doesn't even start.

Already check the lawnmower and it's gas can... empty :S

I'm stranded @ home with the kids... that is all
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Why don't you call up yer x and tell her to bring you some? She owes it to ya.
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Why don't you call up yer x and tell her to bring you some? She owes it to ya.
You really want me to make threads like "GF gave me a whooping"?
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You really want me to make threads like "GF gave me a whooping"?
Yes, we need the Ruben Entertainment (TM).
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do you have a length of hose and a gas can? Ask a neighbor if you can pay them a bit of $ to siphon a gallon out of their tank?
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umm....bicycle?
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I have run out of gas once... only had my '71 Beetle for a few weeks and was a block from the gas station when I looked down, saw the needle skip over to E and the car died immediately.

I managed to coast all the way to the gas station but then, after refueling the car would not start as the lines were empty and the fuel pump would not prime. Left it for 20 minutes and it was good.

My old Nissan Sentra would drive a few hundred km with the fuel light on...
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umm....bicycle?
He's got the kids. And he smokes. Probably won't make it.
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He's got the kids. And he smokes. Probably won't make it.
Then siphoning might be a bad idea too.
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I have run out of gas once... only had my '71 Beetle for a few weeks and was a block from the gas station when I looked down, saw the needle skip over to E and the car died immediately.

I managed to coast all the way to the gas station
That was about my situation as well - also with a VW, but the first year of the Rabbit ('75). Ran out of gas at an intersection with a gas station right across the street. Too much traffic to feel safe pushing it there, but could put it in gear and use the starter motor to chug across the intersection and up to the pump. No problem restarting once it got filled up.
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My old Nissan Sentra would drive a few hundred km with the fuel light on...
My old pontiac sunbird would do that too....of course the light stayed on, even with a full tank.
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The girl has done 20 milers with me, on a trailer, but I don't have the trailer anymore. All neighbors currently @ work, no luck. Gonna have to wait for GF.
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I bet your car will make it. Growing up with a dad who always pulled into the garage on fumes...there were always still enough fumes to get to the gas station.

Then again, with my current car when the gas light comes on, it's already too late...

Just pick a gas station down hill. (I have a friend who, as kids, we used to coast into gas stations regularly.)
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The girl has done 20 milers with me, on a trailer, but I don't have the trailer anymore. All neighbors currently @ work, no luck. Gonna have to wait for GF.
They must be too big for the trailer anyway. Make them push the car to the nearest station. They should earn their keep, right?
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^He's in Florida. THere are no hills.
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My first car (the 89 Civic DX hatch) was the only one I ever actually ran out of gas, and I only did it once.

I was driving from work at Vandenberg to my place in Santa Maria and made it to CA 135 at Clark Rd... pretty much the beginning of civilization after you leave the base. I hit the gentle rise and the car quit. No fuel light or anything, just *poof*. I couldn't even coast down the off-ramp to the gas station because of that stupid rise before the off-ramp. Walked down to the gas station... they had no gas cans. I had to walk clear across Orcutt in my government-contractor shirt, slacks, and dress shoes to the next gas station to get a can, then back to my car. I missed my scheduled dinner in Pismo that evening.

Now that I look at it, it was probably a 2-mile round-trip. I was a fat sissy then... and those dress shoes weren't made for walking, either.
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Oh btw, running out of gas is bad for the gas pump.

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Oh btw, running out of gas is bad for the gas pump.

*waiting for Ruben's new thread: "How I Replaced My Gas Pump In the Bathroom" *
Running LOW on gas can be bad for the pump, as well...

I don't go lower than about 1/4 tank. I figure 1/4 tank (almost 4 gallons in my Subaru) will get me over 100 miles in case of emergency. In the winter when its colder, I tend to keep 1/2 tank or better if I think about it. Reduces condensation, and you really never know in the winter.

Is there not a BFer that could help him?
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lol, so true.

I remembered my buddy works for the University which is still on Christmas vacation so he must be off. Called him, he's off and he can come right away, but... his GF has the car and he is coming on a motorcycle... small motorcycle (sub-shadow). Not sure how he gonna manage with the 5gal gas can on one hand...

PS: I find it amazing the the Hyundai did got me home and then died in the driveway. That car really loves me.
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I don't go lower than about 1/4 tank. I figure 1/4 tank (almost 4 gallons in my Subaru) will get me over 100 miles in case of emergency. In the winter when its colder, I tend to keep 1/2 tank or better if I think about it. Reduces condensation, and you really never know in the winter.
I think this advice expired in 1992 due to the location of fuel pumps thesedays, but I guess there could be exceptions.
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I've never run out of gas. Closest I've come is about 10 miles from running out. Put 17.4 gallons in an 18 gallon tank. Toward the end of college I would push it as far as I could just to bolster the stats on my spreadsheet.
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It's Ruben. ANYTHING can happen.
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Oh btw, running out of gas is bad for the gas pump.

*waiting for Ruben's new thread: "How I Replaced My Gas Pump In the Bathroom" *
Stay tuned... I might end up with a good Ruben(TM) story. See, me wonderful Hyundai has a problem in the fuel system. There's a charcoal canister filter on vent hose that comes out of the gas tank. That filter is clogged. So when you try to put gas on the car, the air can't escape easily and the pump stops every 25 cents. Filling the tank is a 30 minutes endeavor.

Now, the pump stops because it has sensors that detect the gas is about to spill out. Gas cans do not have those. I must manually coordinate the gas pouring with great care. I might end up spilling half of it on the driveway.

hum... brb... gonna review my kids knowledge about how/when to dial 911.
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