02 Forster sluggish at low fuel levels

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Sparky, Feb 18, 2005.

  1. Sparky

    Sparky Guest

    Noticing that my Forester can get really sluggish when the tank gets
    near the "low fuel light" warning. After stopping and then
    accelerating again, the car will balk, acting as if its out of gas,
    (it will finally get going okay) when in fact according to the manual
    there is still ike 2.6 gallons left.
    Sparky, Feb 18, 2005
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  2. Sparky

    Edward Hayes Guest

    Maybe you are running out of gas. How much are you able to put in your
    15.6 gallon tank when the low light comes on? I only run my tank to
    about 1/4 tank for safety reasons.
    Edward Hayes, Feb 18, 2005
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  3. Sparky

    Henry Paul Guest

    From what I understand the inlet for the fuel pump does not go all the way
    to the bottom of the tank. This might be to allow for dirt and water in the
    fuel to settle and not get sucked into the fuel pump. So it is possible to
    be out of gas and yet not be out of gas in the tank.

    It is definitely possible during stop and go situations for the fuel to
    slosh around in the tank, and at low fuel levels allows the possibility of
    no fuel being present at the pump when accelerating or braking. It also
    depends upon the location of the pump in the tank. It sounds to me like it
    is near the front of the tank. So when you accelerate the fuel moves to the
    rear of the tank leaving the pump to suck air. When acceleration levels off,
    the fuel returns to the pump. This condition should become worse as the
    level of fuel drops.

    This is also very bad for the health of a fuel pump. Running a pump with no
    fuel to it will burn it up pretty quick. My advice would be to find a
    comfortable minimum level where you refuel regularly.
    Henry Paul, Feb 18, 2005
  4. Sparky

    AB7RU Guest

    Thanks for the replies - I try to keep the tank full but my commute is
    a bit long and sometimes I just get low - thanks for the help
    AB7RU, Feb 18, 2005
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