# How many miles after tank is on E?

## How many miles after tank is on E?

As a general rule, most cars have about 2.5 gallons left in the tank when the gas light comes on. So depending on how many miles you get per gallon, you can probably go anywhere between 30-60 miles.

## What does a gas gauge tell you about a car?

Benjamin Jerew is an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician with over a decade of experience in auto repair, maintenance, and diagnosis. The gas gauge tells you how much fuel is in your gas tank and alerts you when it’s time to refuel.

What happens when your gas gauge is not working?

The gas gauge tells you how much fuel is in your gas tank and alerts you when it’s time to refuel. If your gas gauge is not working, the inaccurate information it provides may cause you to run out of gas unexpectedly.

### How does a fuel pump work on a gas gauge?

The fuel pump module includes the fuel sending unit, used by the gas gauge to detect and display fuel level. https://www.flickr.com/photos/3ndymion/33556245572. The gas gauge is a relatively simple circuit, but its simplicity means each component is essential to its function.

### How does the resistance of a gas gauge change?

The fuel float contacts run on a potentiometer, or variable resistor, whose resistance changes depending on float level, effecting a change in output voltage. Some systems are wired so that high fuel level contacts the low-resistance section, gradually increasing resistance as fuel level drops.

How is the fuel gauge connected to the tank?

There is also a float-like instrument inside your gas tank that is connected to a rheostat (or resistance-sweep…think of a volume knob on a stereo) which communicates directly to the fuel gauge.

#### What does it mean when your fuel gauge is empty?

If you just filled up and your fuel gauge still shows empty, you know there’s a problem somewhere. The tricky thing is: It’s not necessarily the fuel gauge. Conversely, the gauge might show full even when you’ve driven 300 miles. That would be nice, but it’s a sign that something is wrong.

#### What do I do if my gas gauge is not working?

In most cases, to gain access to the fuel tank sending unit mount / fuel pump mounting hole, you’ll need to drop the gas tank down. Be sure to do this when there is either minimal gas in the vehicle, or it’s been siphoned out.

Benjamin Jerew is an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician with over a decade of experience in auto repair, maintenance, and diagnosis. The gas gauge tells you how much fuel is in your gas tank and alerts you when it’s time to refuel.