My car says it has gas but I don't think it does. It won't let me put more in. What to do?
March 15, 2008 7:36 PM Subscribe
My car, which is rarely driven, is unexpectedly acting like it's full of gas and will not accept more. I have no recollection of filling it with gas, though I do recall that the last time I drove it, it was hope-i-make-it-home almost empty. Am I just super forgetful? Or is there another explanation?
posted by FortyT-wo to Travel & Transportation (42 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I don't drive my car on a regular basis. Maybe once per week or once every two weeks. About three weeks ago, I was driving the car quite a bit, to work, to a home, to another home, back to work, every day, for about a week and a half. At the end of that time, I was running really low on gas, and the last day, I made it home but felt I was really pushing it. I made a mental note that I *really needed* to fill the car with gas next time I drove it.
The car then sat for about two weeks undriven. In the ensuing time, it did snow quite a bit (between 6-12 inches) and I never even bothered to clean the car off. No other interesting events.
The next time I wanted to drive it, I took it to the pump (about 5 city blocks away), went to fill it. It wouldn't accept more gas (the pump turned off immediately). I thought the pump was broken, went to a different pump, tried more, and ended up with the gas spilling out all over the ground. Not knowing what to do, I drove the car back home, and at that time I noticed that the needle was past the F.
Still, I have absolutely no recollection of filling my car with gas. I do not remember driving it or any car since the day I made a note to fill it next time I drove it. My fiance also says he didn't do it (and he wouldn't have access to the keys, nor does he ever want to drive it). I don't know what's going on.
Is it possible that the gas gauge is wrong? And is it possible this might cause the car not to accept more gas? The car is somewhat old ('95 Corsica) and not in really the greatest shape. I personally wouldn't rule out multiple things going wrong with it at once.
The alternative is that I took the car out and filled it with gas and can't remember it at all. Honestly that would be pretty weird. I'd never take the car out *just to* put gas in it (I'm too lazy!), so that means I went somewhere and fogot that, too. Also, I don't drive another car, I simply don't drive very often. So it'd mean I forgot driving, forgot going somewhere, forgot why I went there, forgot stopping at the gas pump and putting gas in it while I was out.
Anyhow, hoping for an explanation that doesn't involve my idiocy.
Also, is there any way to figure out how much gas is in the car besides the fuel indicator on the gas? I don't want deal with siphoning it, I tried pushing on the back end and couldn't hear any sloshing. Any other way?
I'm really nervous to drive it, I am afraid it's totally out of gas and I'll end up stranded someplace.