So... funny story. I ran out of gas a couple days ago.
I was driving back from New Mexico and was stretching between fuel stops.
Here is the thing... A long time ago I looked up on Google how large my fuel tank in the Discovery is and was informed my gas tank was 26 gallons. I’ve believed this ever since. Additionally, every time I fill up when the needle is on or past “E” I put like... 21 to 22 gallons in. This made me assume that I had a 4ish gallon reserve.
AKA I don’t REALLY need to worry when the needle is limp. In fact I have like 50-60 miles left!
Or so I thought.
I’d just taken an exit off the turnpike to get gas, needle having been on the stop for... a while. After stopping at the stop light I started to turn left....
Then the engine stopped.
I haven’t felt that sick feeling of hitting the gas and nothing happening in a looooooong time, let alone mid-double-left turn.
Shitting shit shit.
I am not ashamed to say I was instantly and excessively panicked at this point. THIS SORT OF THING DOESN’T HAPPEN TO ME! I AM ALWAYS SO CAREFUL! I somehow maintain the presence of mind to put the transmission into neutral and turn on my hazards. I tried stating the car, but it was having none of it.
Even though I was traveling uphill, I guess the sheer amount of crap in my car gave me enough momentum to continue rolling...
until I came to a stop JUST outside the entrance to the gas station.
In hindsight if I’d put the transfer case in neutral I might have made it.
I hopped out, almost forgetting my wallet, and ran into the store. After looking for gas cans and not finding any, I asked and with a chuckle the attendant showed me where they were and warned me that they were very expensive. (They were.)
I faked a laugh and told him it was the price I pay for managing to run out of gas just outside a gas station and pointed to my car.
He offered to push it.
Uhh... ok? Sure. Why not!?
So him, another guy from the station, and I walked out and pushed the car the last 100 feet into a stall.
I only had a $20 in my wallet which I was going to happily offer them, but they’d walked away before I got the chance. (I know that sounds weird but the impression I got was they didn’t want to stick around for payment.)
While filling up I did a little research. Google now says the capacity is “24.6 gallons”. The owners manual says 25 gallons, and the workshop manual says 25.5 gallons.
How much did I put in?
A grand total of 23.282 gallons.
So now we know the effective tank size is 23.2 gallons.
And I should believe my gas gauge.