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Old 07-08-2014, 11:19 AM   #1
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Low Fuel Light & Fuel Tank Capacity

Hello.

I recently purchased a '99 Xtra Cab, 2.4 liter, SR5. I've been operating under the assumption that the low fuel light doesn't work because it hasn't come on in the 8 months I've owned it. Recently though, I'm wondering if I'm just not letting the tank get low enough. I usually fill it up when the needle hits "E" and the tank will usually take between 11 and 12 gallons. The truck didn't come with a manual, but everything I've read online states I should have another 3 or so gallons for a total of 15. Does this sound correct? If so, just how low does the needle need to go before the light comes on?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 07-08-2014, 12:36 PM   #2
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My 04 takes 18.5 in the tank. I do notice it needs to be really by the E for the light to turn on.
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:37 PM   #3
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Check fuel economy.gov they have the capacity of the tank and miles on a tank
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My 98 either doesn't have the light or it burned out. I have run out of gas before so it definitely got low enough that it would have come on.
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I've been reading a bit more on the subject. It sounds like the light comes on when about 4 gallons or so are left in the tank. I'm always adding about 11 or 12 gallons... so if the tank holds 15, I may not be running it low enough for the light to come on. I guess I'll test it and see.
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I may not be running it low enough for the light to come on. I guess I'll test it and see.
When you start running low, bring an extra gallon of gas to get you to the station.
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Think 2wd has 15 gallon capacity while 4wd has 18 gallon. I have never seen
a low fuel light on my 95.5 or my 96!
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