I've seen mine once, and put in 12.6 gallons, one less than the full rated volume in, about 4 miles after it came on. Not much left when it does, obviously.
Going any distance after the FUEL LOW warning on the DIC shows up (at about 40 miles on the range estimate) puts the fuel pump at risk of overheating, so I try to avoid that, as well.
The "modern" fuel pumps are cooled (and lubricated) by fuel running through them, not by being submerged in fuel. And in any regards, it only takes about half a gallon to submerge most pumps since they tend to live in some sort of sump.To add running the Solstice or any new car for that matter low on fuel will cause premature wear and eventual failure of the fuel pump which is located in the tank and uses the fuel to cool it . I never run any of my cars below a quarter tank .
I was on a parkway at 80 MPH, just under 10 miles from the exit with a gas station, when the light came on. I put 12.7 gallons into what is supposed to be a 13 gallon tank.OK Lee, just curious, do you remember how much fuel it took to fill it up after your light came on?
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You are correct and that was my point "it's cooled by the fuel in the tank " I just didn't want to get too technical .When I was working our mechanics had issues with guys running the trucks low on fuel and burning up the fuel pumps I stick by my statement I've never let any of my cars run below a quarter tank , I've never replaced a fuel pump since they placed them in the tanks .The "modern" fuel pumps are cooled (and lubricated) by fuel running through them, not by being submerged in fuel. And in any regards, it only takes about half a gallon to submerge most pumps since they tend to live in some sort of sump.
And before anyone makes some unsubstantiated comment about "picking up sediment from the tank bottom" - your pump always picks up fuel from the tank bottom. Otherwise it wouldn't work.
Wspohn, when I used to have a propane BBQ I had an extra tank so I could get a refill before the second tank ran out. I inevitably would forget and have to take both tanks for a refill at the same time all while feeling the fool.Many fuel injection pumps are very poor at self priming so do try and not run the tank dry (don't know if the Solstice is one of these).
I used to drive an old (1960s) Jaguar that had two gas tanks, two fuel pumps and a dash switch to switch between tanks. That meant that you still had half your fuel when the light went on. Unfortunately it also meant that if you had already drained the other tank and had forgotten to refill it, you felt twice the fool.