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ran out of gas but shouldn't?

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#1 idosubaru


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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:23 PM

a few months ago our 2002 OBW H6 ran out of gas about 5 minutes or less after the low fuel light came on. filled it up and it took a bit over 14 gallons (what it normally takes when the fuel light comes on). but it's a 16.9 gallon tank - so why did it "run out of gas" with 2...almost 3 gallons still in there?

it seems to "run out" quicker than older gen cars, is the fuel pump set up different, sits higher or something?

i mean - yeah i know, don't run it that low, but i'm curious what the difference is and i'm definitely not keen on it running out a couple miles after the low light, that doesn't sound right.

#2 bheinen74



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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:45 PM

fuel pump sock might be clogged down in the lower portion, so it can not bring fuel in when it gets low.
thats what i would check first.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 04:44 PM

i can't imagine the 'small' side, driver side of the tank only holds 2 gal. but not drawing fuel from both side does come to mind.

maybe there is a hole in the "suck up" tube on one side that defeats the actual pick up.

#4 idosubaru


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Posted 06 August 2010 - 06:47 PM

how hard is the fuel pump stuff to get to on EJ's, i've never had to mess with those before.

#5 hankosolder2


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Posted 06 August 2010 - 10:25 PM

How sure are you about the actual capacity of the tank? I remember Car &Driver complaining about running out of gas in a 1st gen Impreza with a 16 gallon tank, filling the tank after it ran out and it only taking 14 gals.


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