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Local mechanics say low gas tank can cause problems

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - How much gas is in your vehicle's tank?  Local mechanics say running the tank close to empty can cause you more money in the long run.

With the price of gas, more people are filling up less these days. Mark Holtmeyer, owner of Spring Street Automotive, said he's seen people coming in with problems due to running the gas so low.

"What we're finding is people are running out of gas when their gas gauge is actually saying they have a quarter tank or an eighth of a tank, but they're running out of gas," Holtmeyer said. "They are coming in and saying we're not out of gas it's showing a quarter of a tank. So we take the gas tank out of the vehicle and there's no gas in it."

Holtmeyer said that on older vehicles, made before 2005, drivers are burning out the fuel pump by running the gas low. He recommends keeping your gas tank at least half full.

Glen Predmore, owner of State Street Lube & Maintenance, said keeping up on maintenance of the car can help save you more money.

"Pull out your owner's manual and look at that," Predmore said. "Keep your oil changed on a normal basis. I generally recommend using the severe service. There will be categories, but I prefer severe service. A lot of people drive locally and so there is a lot of stop and go traffic and all that."

Predmore also recommends keeping tires at the correct pressure; it will save on fuel economy.   He also said that simply planning out your trips so you don't run all over town helps too.
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