Reasons to fill your gas tank
POSTED: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 7:29pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 10:47am
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — Many of us are guilty of waiting to fill up our gas tank until it is below empty.
Mechanics say we need to break the habit.
The best time to fill up your tank is when you hit the quarter tank mark.
People visit the gas station everyday, but it's an errand we do not enjoy.
"My husband's always telling me...you know, make sure you fill it up when it dings. You don't have much longer to go. Then I'm always running kids around, so I'm like, oh gosh, I'm gonna run out of gas. Then I'm gonna be in big trouble," said car owner Sam Urbantke.
Mechanics said waiting until the last minute is dangerous.
"Sediment builds up on the bottom of the tank. You run it out of gas or real low on fuel. The fuel pump will pull it up from the bottom of the tank, and it can cause premature fuel pump failure," said Engines Express owner and mechanic Robert Russell.
Russell said that is a huge problem for drivers.
"Not only will it stop, but you lose your power brakes. You lose your power steering. It pretty much leaves you stranded there, wherever you may be," said Russell.
Repairs can cost more than $500.
Donald Stanley says he fills his tank past empty about once a week even though he knows it is bad for his car.
"I don't have much time. I work four days straight, and I just don't have much time," said Stanley.
"I'm just literally running out of time, and I'm like umm, gas can wait," said Urbantke.
We might want to start making it a priority because problems could occur at any time.
"It's not necessarily one time or ten times. The fact is, mechanical condition can occur at any one of those periods of time," said Russell.
After thinking about the risks, Urbantke said she will start taking better care of her car.
"I don't want to have to pay thousands of dollars to fix my car," said Urbantke.