Long-time lurker, once in a blue moon poster, who nonetheless
appreciates the hard work you put in on this group. :)
I wanted to ask a few questions about the various behaviors of the 07
Sonata (SE V-6, if it matters) when it is running low on fuel. I've seen
a few things in the hmaservice.com shop manuals, but I'm still not clear
on a few others.
-- The low fuel warning light, lower right corner of the dash, should
come on at 9 L (~2.4 gals) of fuel remaining, correct?
-- I've noticed how the range calculation in the trip computer
(immediately above the odometer) goes to all dashes and blinks once it
estimates less than 30 miles of range remaining. Once, I ran the car 20
miles past the point where the blinking dashes started, so theoretically
I should have had 10 miles of range left, or roughly a half gallon.
However, only 16.3 gallons of fuel then went into what is claimed to be
a 17.7 gallon tank. Does the Sonata do something like, e.g., my friend's
Honda motorcycle, and tell you 'you're empty and you'd better fill up
NOW' when you really still have about a gallon in the tank?
-- How accurate would it be, in your estimation, to watch for the start
of the dashes, then add 30 to the odometer and figure that's the
stalling-out point? Or, to ask it another way, have you seen Sonatas go
significantly more or less than 30 miles on the dashes?
-- If I felt crazy enough to experiment with it, by carrying a gas can
in my trunk, intentionally running it out to figure out where the
run-out point is, and using the can's contents just to get to the
nearest gas station, I shouldn't cause any permanent damage to anything,
e-mail: larry AT phatpage DOT org
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