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My car has more gas in it than it did last night?

Author : ?

Submitted : 2018-01-09 12:21:58    Popularity:     

Tags: car  gas  night  

So last night when I got home my car was on empty and this morning it seemed to have like $5 worth of gas in it that I didn't put. Is it possible if you let your car sit the Gas or gas Gage could go up? I asked my boyfriend if he took my car last nigh

Answers:

The gas fairies came visiting.

This is a practical joke that's been around for over 50 years. As the story goes a guy bought a VW bettle, and was bragging about it's good gas milage. So, some of his friends started to add a little gas every day for weeks. The guy's milage reached unbelevable levels. Then the friends started syphoning a little gas every day. As the story goes he took it in to the dealer to see what was wrong with his car. Or, the most obvious answer in most likely correct.

You were visited last night by the gas fairy obviously.

It's possible that the gas gauge will read different on a slanted driveway vs a level driveway. Also, while driving, the gas will be "sloshing" around the tank, giving you a different reading than after sitting overnight - the gas is calm and the gauge will read a truer amount.

The gauge will read differently depending on if the car is level or has one end higher than the other. You still need gas.

Liquid (which gas is) becomes more dense when it cools. When it's density increases the float that controls the gas gauge could rise a bit giving you a slightly higher reading. My car has a low warning light when the gauge nears empty. I have arrived home with the light on only to see it off next morning. However, driving just a short distance turns it on again.

The senors in the tanks are just contacts riding up and down on resistor wires. They get old and coated with junk and can be irregular. Since you know yours is inconsistent, you shouldn't trust it too much.

It could be as simple as the angle of the driveway you're parked on, and it will go back to normal on the road.

Just as Jack say, only to add to the list, gas expands in heat. Not a lot but some.

Gauges can get stuck. Sensors can get stuck. And electronics can "fail". Also someone could have put something in your tank. It wouldn't have to be gasoline either. It just has to raise the level of the liquid.



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