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stupid question but.....

how many miles do i have left when my fuel warning light comes on, on my renualt clio 04 1.5 diesel
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Re: stupid question but.....

it depends on the way you drive, where you're driving, how much you're carrying, if you have a roofbox/roof rack...
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Re: stupid question but.....

If you are in England, then the answer is enough to get you to the nearest petrol station! 'nuf said!?

In reality it will almost certainly vary between, even, similar cars of the same model because the calibration of fuel tanks is not particularly good at the low end. If you really wanted to know, for your car, you'd have to keep a jerry can of fuel with you, then drive it 'til it ran out. Not to be recommended, as you'd likely stir up crud and water out of the tank, which is especially not good for diesels.

I would guess that it will come on when you have around 4 litres left. If I were driving your car, that'd be about 100 miles worth. :? Better to call it 50 for 'normal' driving....
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Re: stupid question but.....

Hi and welcome.

It's also worth bearing in mind that the accuracy of fuel gauges changes over time, and that running out of fuel in a diesel introduces air locks in the fuel line which need cleared for the engine to run properly.

The only way to know for sure how much is in the tank when the light illuminates, is to fill it when it first appears - then subtract that amount you've added from the total capacity of the tank.



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Re: stupid question but.....

The tank size is probably but my Megane II 1.5DCI feul light came on (and scared the living hell out of me with a beep thats 1million times louder than my horn! ) and I just happened to check the trip monitor before it went to ------, it was 79M.
Would I be right in saying, it should be avoided going low on feultanks incase you suck up some 'dregs'? - Diesels should never be ran to total emtey either.
Note: I get 57ish MPG.
Hope it kinda helps, Scott
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