If you’re someone who waits until the bitter end to fill your Acura with gas, the following is for you because if done on a regular basis, a lot of damage can be caused.
The majority of vehicles come equipped with an electric fuel pump which sits inside the gas tank, immersed in fuel which helps it stay lubricated and cool. Without the pump being submerged in fuel there’s a good chance that it can self-destruct from overheating and the reserve fuel that your tank holds acts as a safeguard to prevent this from happening.
Heat can play a huge factor in the well-being of your fuel pump. A number of 30°C days in a row combined with a near-empty tank and the heat from the pavement on the underside of your car where the fuel pump is situated can wreak havoc on it.
When a vehicle constantly receives just enough gas to get by the fuel pump can fail prematurely and it will also be regularly taking in the “bottom of the barrel” fuel which is dirty and full of debris. The deposits left behind in this last bit of fuel can clog the fuel injectors, fuel filter and the pump pickup, causing even more problems.
In order to keep the health of your Acura’s fuel pump in good working order the best thing to do is fill up with gas every time the needle reaches a quarter tank. It may seem like an annoyance at first but this will help ensure your Acura runs continues to run properly and should also save you money in the long term.