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Old 10-18-2010, 10:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anybody know approximately how many gallons of gas are left when the Low Level Gas Light comes on? I was estimating about 20 to 30 gals. It's probably in the manual im just too lazy to search for it...Thanks
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From what I have read, the tank is only 21 gallons. The light came on for us and we put approx 19 gallons of gas in, the cpu was telling us we had about 40 miles left to the tank.
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From what I have read, the tank is only 21 gallons. The light came on for us and we put approx 19 gallons of gas in, the cpu was telling us we had about 40 miles left to the tank.
+1 approximately 3 gallons left when light first activated.
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Honda's tend to be very reliable at having almost exactly 3 gallons left.
One gallon to the "E" mark and 2 gallons of reserve below "E"
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Honda's tend to be very reliable at having almost exactly 3 gallons left.
One gallon to the "E" mark and 2 gallons of reserve below "E"
What?? At "E" you should have 2 gallaons left or 40 miles give or take a couple miles. Right?
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What?? At "E" you should have 2 gallaons left or 40 miles give or take a couple miles. Right?
It pains me to say it but N_Jay is right. 3 gallons. I swear the tank is actually bigger than advertised. I've done all of 55 miles before now.

Never again though..........
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Per the manual (verbatim):

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Low Fuel Indicator

This indicator comes on as a
reminder that you must refuel soon. You will also see a ‘‘LOW FUEL’’
message on the multi-information

When the indicator comes on, there
are about
2.9 U.S. gal (10.8 L ) of fuel
remaining in the tank.

When the needle reaches E, there is
a very small amount of fuel in the
tank.
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It pains me to say it but N_Jay is right. 3 gallons. I swear the tank is actually bigger than advertised. I've done all of 55 miles before now.

Never again though..........
Yup! the tank is bigger compared on what the manual says. I've tried a couple of times topping off the tank from E, about 5-10 miles left on the information display and I was able to fill up almost 25 gallons on the gas station. When the gas lever shuts off, you can still fill her up approximately 5 gals more manually.

I know it's dangerous but just for curiosity.

The Pilot's gas tank do have a big space for the gas to expand when the temp change and my gas light usually lit's up 35-28 miles left on the display.
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The tank capacity is probably the minimum given all manufacturing tolerances, so most tanks are actually bigger.

The tank also have some amount of space for expansion, that is not designed to be filled, but can be if you (incorrectly) keep filling after the pump shuts off.

The fuels system also has significant space in the vapor recovery system that is NOT DESIGNED to EVER have liquid fuel in it.

Over filling the tank WILL put liquid fuel into the vapor recovery system.
This can cause immediate problems such as an MIL light on because the liquid fuel can cause "traps" in the system and stop the vapor from traveling properly through the system. These problems usually go a away after a few days.
Overfilling can also cause long term problems by putting liquid fuel into the charcoal canister destroying its ability to capture and re-release fuel vapors as it is designed to do.
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Agreed in seeing 2-3 gallons and I have put 22 gallons in the tank.
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Thanks guys, timely responces. very cool......
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