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Old 04-11-2012, 02:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Acording to the MPGs vs tank capacity im guessing the last block starts blinking at 1 gallon. My average MPGs are 39 but when the "estimated MPG" hits 29 and turns to ---- I admit I get nervous. Drove 10 miles so far with the blinking block but im heading straight to the station this morning LOL.
Was curious, how many miles have you driven while the last fuel block was blinking?
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've done about 70 additional miles after the last pip starts blinking and the DTE goes to ---. Took 16.7 gallons to fill her back up. Thinking you can probably get around 100 miles after blinking if you're FE is 40 or more. Wouldn't recommend it though. At least not without an extra gallon or two in the trunk for insurance!
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Question: Is the fuel pump inside the tank? If so, does running on low fuel increase the risk of overheating the pump?
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It is in the tank. Many people including mechanics are extremely adamant that running low can damage fuel pumps - that's one of the reasons why I said that I wouldn't recommend it.

That said I put 225,000 miles on my 2001 Olds Aurora and regularly ran it on empty without ever replacing the pump. I think it depends on the specific design.

Regardless - never a good or safe idea to run out of fuel! But the range question could possibly be good info to know in an emergency situation...

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I have the '12 HSH and on my first tank let it get to the low fuel light to make sure it worked, and it did. I didn't notice and was NOT aware of the blinking pip nor did I read about it in the manuals anywhere so I am not sure if it does that on the 2012 or not but I'm gonna check it out the next time the fuel gets low and try and run it till I see the pip blinking if indeed it does on the 2012!! Just like to make sure ALL the features work as they should!!
Was wondering though, I did NOT get any sort of audible warning when my low fuel DID come on, am I missing something??

Oooppss, just re-read Skunk ape's post and noticed you have 2012 so I guess that answers my question about the pip flashing!! Still curious about ANY audible warnings though??

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Fuel light comes on @ 60 miles DTE. Below 30 miles DTE the display shows --- and the last "pip" begins flashing. No audible warning for either on my 2011.
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Thank you for the info Eric. Wow I didnt think I would get that many miles out of the blinking pip.
Just like Air I was curious if there was an audible warning. Strange that a tiny icon and little blinking pip is all you get. I never had a car that didnt have an audible for really low fuel. BTW, whats pip stand for?
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"Pip" is forum-speak for the little squares that make up the fuel gauge line.
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I got the "Pip" from Chris who is a senior member of Forums. He told me that there is approx 2.5 gals left on the last Pip. I usually wait until I'm just pass the 10th pip before I fill up again. Also I found a way to get extra mileage. Just after the first click, add an extra gallon. I know for a fact the sonata will hold right around 22 gallons, but that also means topping it off. My last fill up the pump stopped at 11.2 gallons and I added an extra gallon and stopped at 12.3.
Chris told me that would give me about an extra 30-40 miles.
As of yesterday 4/11 I have 530 miles total and 105 miles left.
One more thing I've been doing an experiment with my pips, I've been counting the approx miles per pip. My best so far has been my first pip, with 84 miles and my worst at about 27 miles. I go down to the end of the 10th pip, before I fill up again.
I've been averaging about 45 mpg.
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My last fill up the pump stopped at 11.2 gallons and I added an extra gallon and stopped at 12.3.
Chris told me that would give me about an extra 30-40 miles.
1. If you add extra one gallon, how do you measure MPG? DO you add every time 1 Gallon after pump stops?

2. Is there any advantage in adding 1G more, other than delaying the trip to gas station by ~40 miles?

Thanks in advance
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