Most people would like to squeeze every last mile they can out of their fuel tanks. If you can get an extra 15 miles from each tank, this could help you save 2 or 3 trips to the gas station over the year. However, the main impediment to this is a broken fuel gauge. Here, you may think that you’re already running out of gas when you still have a lot left.
When your fuel gauge stops working, you may get increasingly worried about your gas level and getting stranded on the road. If you don’t have enough money to have your gauge replaced or repaired, here are a few ways that you can use to keep track of your fuel level.
By checking your car’s manual, you can easily determine how much your gas tank could hold. Larger cars can hold as much as to 18 to 20 gallons; while smaller cars can hold 12 to 15 gallons.
If you don’t have the manual with you, you can also check the blue book in order to get your car’s specification. Most of the time, cars get to travel about 350 to 400 miles on each tank.
Check the odometer in order to determine how many miles you have travelled. Remember to drive up to the nearest gas station before nearing 300 miles so as to avoid running out of gas and getting stranded.
You can also check the fuel level through the use of a dipstick. The stick will indicate how much gas is left in the tank.
Wipe the dipstick with a rag or paper towel to ensure that you’ll get a clear reading. Insert the dipstick into the opening and push it as far as it can go. Now, pull it out and read the fuel level.