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Is your fuel light on? Do you know how far you can still drive? Now you do!

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 6:36 pm
How far can my car travel on empty?

How far will my car go with the fuel light on?

In the old days of cars, drivers who gambled with how much gas was left in their tanks were often rudely surprised when their vehicles unexpectedly came to a stop. More recently, auto manufacturers have helped owners out by putting low fuel warning lights in cars, trucks and SUVs. Unfortunately, how far a car will go with the fuel light on depends on several different factors. Motion Kia wants people to be able to get the most out of their vehicles, as well as remain as safe as possible while out on the road. Hopefully, this guide will help you avoid any fuel-related inconveniences.

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Range when the gauge is on empty

There are no hard standards on how far a car will go with the fuel light on. Most, if not all, modern vehicles have a fair amount of security built into the fuel tank to give drivers some peace of mind. How far a vehicle will travel with the low-fuel warning light on depends on the vehicle itself as well as the terrain on which it is driving. For instance, a compact hatchback will likely be able to travel further than a heavier full-size pickup truck.

Average Kia fuel range on empty

Kia Sorento 35.65 miles
Kia Sedona 39.70 miles
Kia Soul 43 miles
Kia Forte 32.08 miles
Kia Optima 34.89 miles

It's bad for your car to let it run completely out of gas

Don’t run the tank dry

Most people don’t think about the damage that can be done to a vehicle when the fuel tank is run dry. As a part of the fuel system, a pump is used to move gasoline from the tank to the engine where it’s ignited. Like any pump, letting it run dry is bad because the fuel actually helps keep the pump cool. Repeatedly allowing the tank to become completely empty can severely damage the fuel pump, which can be costly to repair.

If you have any questions about the needed maintenance of your Kia vehicle or if it’s time to upgrade, contact a Motion Kia representative today.

13 Responses to “Is your fuel light on? Do you know how far you can still drive? Now you do!”

  1. Grace King says:

    This question has multiple answers, as it depends on the brand and model of car the car. But the fact is most of us don’t know what that low fuel warning light actually indicates. In fact it happens in most of the cases when people overlook this signs, and as a result of which they face difficulties on the road side just after traveling some miles. Here I would like to tell that this warning light indicates that a few miles are only left before the tank reaches empty. So, I feel that it is better to fill the fuel tank as soon as possible after watching this light.

  2. Cole Mendez says:

    Different European models have different fuel tank capacity. For example- The fuel tank capacity of BMW 5 series is 70lits, whereas the convertible belongs to Mercedes Benz E class can store 80lits gasoline at a time. Thus, the answer to your question depends on the model you have owned for your uses. Although modern-day automobiles tell us how much miles we have left with us, still it is good to check the fuel tank before leaving for a tour. An empty fuel tank can be the cause of a car breakdown. So, apart from performing other automotive cares, you should take good care of your fuel tank, and never leave it empty in order to prevent the chances of getting stuck miles away from a gasoline station.

  3. Cara Lee says:

    When you haven’t got very much fuel left in your tank, the ‘low fuel’ light will illuminate. It’s either a light shaped like a petrol pump or a message on your instrument cluster display. In many vehicles we don’t know how far we can still travel before we run out of fuel completely. When our vehicle’s fuel light has come on,the farthest distance we should try to drive is to the nearest service station. The best practice is to keep the fuel level a quarter of the fuel tank or even higher. The best way to improve our car’s fuel efficiency is to regularly maintain our vehicle. For regular maintenance of your car if you are looking for a good car servicing center, you may visit:

  4. Paula Tompkins says:

    I have driven my Kia sorento 4×4 30 miles after the light came on and it didn’t give me any signs of low fuel. I have only done this once out of necessity, long trip and didn’t know that there wasn’t a gas station near.

  5. Kelly says:

    No listings for spectra, waste of time here

  6. Cathy says:

    This morning I had 18 miles range to empty on my dashboard, but when fill it, I only get about 16.9 gallons and pump pops. I don’t want to overspill so I didn’t try to top it off. Not sure if the tank size is really 21 gallons for 2017 Kia Sedona.

  7. DragonWizard71 says:

    MOST manufacturers have a 1.5-2 Gal. range when the “Low Fuel” Light comes on. So take your vehicles current MPG on the current tank of gas an x2. And you have approximately the “Miles you can go when the low fuel indicator is on”. NEVER push the limit. Always get fuel when the light comes on.

  8. Jim Jacobs says:

    I would give a shot- just enter a few numbers for your specific car and it automatically calculates how many miles you can go after your gas light comes on. Works for any year, make and model. Pretty useful website, and it’s super easy to use.

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  11. tiava says:

    In most cars you can easily expect to get somewhere between 50 and 1m of normal driving after the light first flickers into your field of view (noticing it always helps, too); go a bit lighter on the throttle and you can probably stretch that to the next payday.

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  13. rufus says:

    please, i havent seen my kia sorento 2005 EX showing fuel warning light before even when it stopped and i have to fill up the tank, please i want to find out if kia sorento 2005 ex doesnt have fuel warning light?
    i need response please.

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