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The psychology of 'car-owners-paranoia'.

Is the following type of situation common, or is it really just me... Am I mad and paranoid after all?!?

OK, so my Espace fuel level has been floating around the nearly-empty range for a week, in anticipation of it going in for a new fuel tank top-seal that is leaking.

The 'need fuel' sign comes up with an indicated 2 gallon left in the tank (60 miles)

I went 20 miles past that 'need fuel' sign, so that should mean I still had ~6 litres of usable fuel in the tank, according to the trip computer.

Always been a bit concerned about running a tank low, the old-story that it sucks up dirt (does it? don't think so..?) and maybe not enough cooling if the fuel isn't flowing through the motor (is it really so different to when the engine is idling and not passing much fuel?)

So with this psycho-baggage of concerns, I stepped out of the car and I listen to the lifter pump whining away. 'Oh NO!' me thinks. 'I've damaged it! This is why I NEVER let my car run so low on fuel!!'

Listening again to the recordings I made of the engine recently (to record the before-and-after effect of the dephaser pulley that you can find in another thread), I can now hear [what sounds like] this lifter pump whining in the previous recordings too!

So I think there's been no change at all, but for some reason this lifter pump now sounds like it is screaming-loud, whereas I just didn't notice it before at all!

So, I guess it is paranoia, but is it typical paranoia?

Anyone with similar stories? Or is it just me!!?
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Re: The psychology of 'car-owners-paranoia'.

Could be a faulty pump or its drawing air.

The fuel system has a pressure sensor and the pump should only come in when required - albeit on a very regular basis. With the engine off switch on the ignition - the pump should run for a few seconds and then stop once the pre-determined fuel pressure has been reached.
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Re: The psychology of 'car-owners-paranoia'.

I recently replaced by track rod ends and convinced myself I could still hear a knocking when I cornered.Driving me mad it was!
Then I remembered I had left the sat nav in the glovebox, that was shifting and banging the sides when I went round a bend
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Re: The psychology of 'car-owners-paranoia'.

Donald68, could I suggest some lubrication.......

........ in the form of a nice bottle of red wine. Followed by a chill pill.
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