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Spare Gas tank?

hey, once i ran out of gas (before i got my otis) and i just bought a 1.5 gallon spare gas tank to prevent that from happening. two questions, where is the safest place to put it in the car and how long can gasoline stay in there?
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lol...you ran out of gas. hum, i dunno about keeping a spare can of gas in the car, it could possibly spill or something else with all the temperature variations. keep an empty gas can in there, so you can walk to a gas station and just fill it up if need be, or just watch your guages, low fuel lights don't come on for nothin.
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yea, i now have the otis with the distance to empty, it happened the week before i got the otis and i misjudged my gas mileage and overshot it.
the thing has a pretty sturdy construction and is double gasketted
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Do not put a gas container in your car unless it is completely sealed. Fumes will get out and fill your trunk over time.

I just always fill my car when it gets at, or near 1/4 a tank. I also will fill it up before long trips.
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yeah i always keep my car semi full and when it get's to 1/4 i fill it
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speaking of running out of gas, ive driven my car with the warning gas light on for prolly like 50miles, i pull into the gas station and i can only manage to get like 14gallons into the tank, i thought we had a 18gallon tank. Is it a known issue that our gauges are inaccurate, also what will the otis say about this once i install it in the upcoming weeks.
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speaking of running out of gas, ive driven my car with the warning gas light on for prolly like 50miles, i pull into the gas station and i can only manage to get like 14gallons into the tank, i thought we had a 18gallon tank. Is it a known issue that our gauges are inaccurate, also what will the otis say about this once i install it in the upcoming weeks.
I think you may have a problem with your gas guage.. because I do that sometimes.. & when I fill it.. it takes a little over 16.5 gallons.. so.. maybe your gas guage/sending unit is starting to go.
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& BTW we do have an 18 gallon tank, but our cars low fuel light/gauge register @ approx 1.5-2 miles to go.. so there always extra fuel still in there.
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On most cars when the needle is bottomed out you should still have some fuel left. Its kind of a reserve.

Back when i had my tempo, i would drive it all the time to E.

This car will eat up gas real quick at WOT, so I try to avoid having it too low.
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um, i thought the gauge went to low at 2 gallons... which translates to up to 50 miles

the otis does instant mileage calculations straight from the bcm and tells you your current gas mileage, and from the average mileage and how much gas is in the tank, it will give you a distance to empty readout.
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my gauge has always been reading like that, since i got the car 4years ago, and its still like that since i swapped to a intrepid instrument cluster. I was just figuring it was the gas tank/float/gauge working against me.
In city driving, i have to baby it to squeeze ~290miles from the tripometer, but when i fill it, i at most get 14 gallons in. So i figured theres like a 4gallon buffer there, but i dont want to chance it.
But will the OTIS calculated distance till empty based off an 18gallon tank, or based on how much your "supposed" to get from the factory?
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it takes calculations as to the air/fuel mix... it knows how much gas you're using at that current moment... i tested it once, i sped up and i was getting about 9 mpg... then when i let it coast, i got 99 mpg (it was idling and i was going about 80mph). when you push the gas, the mileage goes down, and when you coast, it goes up... so it's not just some random arbitrary value, it figures it out on the fly.

yes, i have had a problem lately where i would get the low fuel light, but i would only get around 15 gallons in... which would mean there were 3 gallons left...
lol here's an idea... i'm going to drive my car until it's empty... totally empty... and use the gas tank i bought to ensure i don't need to get AAA to help my sorry ass... and we'll see what happens. it might be that there's a problem with my fuel system... i remember however when i first got my car, i put 18 gallons in and i was totally surprised because i had no clue it was that large.
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Don't run your car empty....it can screw up your fuel pump.
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Hey Faurtwenty, I have the same problem. My gas gauge is basically calibrated for a 14 gallon tank so I would always fil it up and never break 14. A few weeks ago I read about our tanks and found out that it is actually a 17 gallon tank(not 18). I've been meaning to take it to the dealer to see if they can do something about it.
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well everywhere i've read, it says 18 gallons... haynes/chilton manual, factory manual, carpoint.com etc...
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