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Hi. I just got a Kia Forte EX 2010 manual. I read through the booklet and I saw that the tank is 52 liters. I was wondering if anyone knew when the low fuel warning light kicks in ? I would assume somewhere around 6-7 liters left ?
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Welcome to the KIA forums. I think you are correct in thinking it is in the 6-8 litre range, my Cerato with a 55 L tank comes on at around the 8 L mark. I think it would say in the owners manual, it does in the Cerato one.

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Hi. I just got a Kia Forte EX 2010 manual. I read through the booklet and I saw that the tank is 52 liters. I was wondering if anyone knew when the low fuel warning light kicks in ? I would assume somewhere around 6-7 liters left ?
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I think you are both about right. But also think it is silly to use it like you might be thinking to. Both the guage and the low fuel light as precision measureing devices. When the light comes on most times go get fuel as soon as possible but not killing yourself to get there in ten mins either. SHould not have waited for the light anyway. The manual should have told you how much for sure. But it is not in the back of the manual where the tank GaL/Ltrs and other fluid fills is. It is in the front of the booklet. In the DASH/intrument cluster warning lights pages area. It will show you the Guage and tell you it has for instance a low fuel light built in or show where it is in another area of dash used for multi lights groupings. And then tell you something like "This light comes on at ** GAL/ ** ltrs". My 2004 USA spec manual for the Sorento tells me I have a 21 Gal tank and that teh low fuel is at @3 GAL's. Or at 18 Gals used. I have found that this is right. And I can go about 40 miles to get fuel safely. Where I will always get 19.5-20 gals to fill it. It is unwise to press your luck thou. And as with all vechs, that is jsut mine. A Forte gets way different MPG then mine does. And has a 13.7 GAL tank. So use this as only a guide for your safe use till out of fuel. Tank size and MPG and how the gauge/pump/sensor sits in the tank all make a difference. Since the vech is new to you, get fuel when it comes on. Then next time go 20 miles more see how much it takes. Then next time go 40 miles. This will give you the fudge factor of YOUR CAR. And do not play Russian Roulette with it waiting, if you find the light comes on and go ASAP and you put in 12.5 gals in a 13.7 tank. Then use your head and do what you like from then on and run out if that is what you need to do. Not wise at all to keep running the tank real low anyway. In time will clog pump and pick up all the stray junk/water in tank.
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yeah i know. i was just curious in case of an emergency thanks for answers
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yeah i know. i was just curious in case of an emergency thanks for answers
Thou I said unwise and it is like you reply and agree. I also saw your Idea and said that I thought you might be doing that very thing you now say. "In an emergency". But I also was hoping that you would take hede and undertand no one can tell you what you seek if that is what your doing. Your car is unique. If KIARACER's (Centro) and Kiamech's (Micro Samari) both told you his did it at @7 Ltrs/2 gals left and I told you my Spectra did it at @6.5 Ltrs/1.7 gals left and you take that as the word of god. Then when you think ok I can go "in an emergency" till 5.5 Ltrs/1.5 gals no sweat before I get fuel. You might find that since you did not PLAY with your car as such you are now on the side of the road dead at you think that level. But YOUR gauge came on infact at 5.5 ltrs/1.5 gals. And YOU had .75 ltr/.3 gals till death. As I said when light comes on fill tank. See what it takes. Then go further after light comes on next time and see what it takes based on 52 Ltrs/13.7gals tank. Getting anywhere real close to a 48.2 Ltr/12.5 gal (1.2 gals left) fill is real Russian Roulette for you.

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update: so I refueled for the 1st time. The needle was halfway between the last line and E and I put 46 liters in. 46 after i pressed the gas pump a few more times after the initial click. So..say 45 liters. If red light comes exactly when you are on E.. then it probably comes on after 47-48 liters.which would let you with 4-5 liters to spare..
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update: so I refueled for the 1st time. The needle was halfway between the last line and E and I put 46 liters in. 46 after i pressed the gas pump a few more times after the initial click. So..say 45 liters. If red light comes exactly when you are on E.. then it probably comes on after 47-48 liters.which would let you with 4-5 liters to spare..
And with the norm of 1 gal = 3.78 liters
And the norm of you NEVER GET the last gal out due to tank sender/pickup design.

You now have .22 liters to 1.22 liters in a 52 liter tank or .05 to .32 of a gal in a 13.7 gal tank your playing with. AS I said let us know when you run out on the side of the road and we will send the tow.

Purely useing your math and figures for input. Are we just being silly here now or are we really serious.
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I dont know what your problem is. I was trying to put some information up. Every car designed in the last 10-20 years probably ..has enough gas left after the red light comes on to drive about 60 miles on the hw. Given a 30 mpg on the hw.. we can assume that about 2 gallons are in the tank after red light comes on. This of course given that KIA is an intelligent car maker. Dont worry im not going to drive until red light comes on. It was just for my personal information in case im driving through the desert one day and red light comes on. i want to know how much longer i can go with a KIA. I know on my previous car, VW GOLF, it was 7 liters..which is almost 2 gallons.
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Most cars I've owned had about a 100km range in highway driving once the low fuel light came on. With the Forte EX, I've driven 50km city and 100 km highway with the light on and I was fine, though I was worried on the highway!
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Yes, MiracleBoy, I understand where you're coming from; it's nice to know the fuel left when the light comes on, even if you normally fill up well before that. My Cerato shows the warning light just before the E mark, and there is about 7 litres remaining or 5 litres usable. By he way, the graduations on the Cerato fuel gauge are quite linear; each division represents 5 litres. The 1/2 full mark is 25 litres (1/2 the usable capacity), and this is handy for quickly calculating fuel consumption. 350 km on 1/2 tank = :-)

With city driving, my wife always waits for her Mazda 6 fuel warning to come on. The fill from there is 54 litres and the nominal capacity is 63 litres.
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