Car gas tank capacities vary widely, based on the size of the car and the manufacturer's expected fuel efficiency. A sub-compact car has a tank designed to hold 8.7 gallons, while a full-sized sedan can hold as much as 23.8 gallons of gas.Continue Reading
The owner's manual contains information on a car's gas tank capacity, and the manufacturer's anticipated fuel efficiency. If the owner's manual is not available, a driver can find the information on most types of cars by performing an Internet search to bring up a specification sheet for the vehicle in question.
Most modern vehicles are designed to drive approximately 300 miles per tank of gas. Early vehicles, such as the Model A with an 11-gallon gas tank, had gas tanks designed to fit the available space in the car's design.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
To repair a leak in the fuel tank of a vehicle, drain the fuel from the tank, and seal the hole with a gas tank repair epoxy. Repairs typically require about an hour to complete, but the epoxy should be allowed to dry according to the instructions before filling the tank with fuel.Full Answer >
Putting sugar in a gas tank may clog up a car's fuel filter, which could make changing the filter more frequently necessary, but it's unlikely to enter a car's fuel line and cause any serious problems. There are no particular chemical properties of sugar that make it react negatively with gasoline, and any problems caused by pouring sugar in a gas tank come merely from its granular qualities.Full Answer >
When condensation from water contaminates a gas tank, the most common symptoms are poor fuel economy, engine running rough, stalling or failing to start, and hydrostatic lock. Condensation inside a fuel tank or a leaky fuel filter can contaminate gas that has been stored too long.Full Answer >
A rusty gas tank is repaired by draining the gas and removing the tank from the engine, and eliminating the rust with either abrasives or acids. The cleaned tank is coated with a commercial product made to protect the inside of the tank. Some coating kits are complete with the chemicals needed to clean the tank of rust.Full Answer >