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fuel gauge problems

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Deraj1288, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Apr 28, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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    Deraj1288

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    hey i am new to this site. i have an 06' access cab 4x4 v6 6" fabtech w/33's . was wondering if anyone has had the same problem with their fuel gauge as me. my gas light is coming on most of the time after driving only about 160 miles, then i fill up and it only takes about 12 gallons, when its full it registers about half way above 3/4 of a tank. and everytime the light comes on at different mileage. i have taken it into a mechanic and he is telling me its my gauge cluster that went out (even though everything else works ) he checked the fuse in the back and says its good. had him check the float and that was fine as well. dont really want to fork over $800 to replace. can a fuse be bad even though it tests fine?
     
  2. Apr 28, 2011 at 2:02 PM
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    Superx2

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    I believe that would be your sending unit. Its the part that's on top of your gas tank that goes down into your gas tank. Pretty easy fix if your gas tank is low and you have the tools.
     
  3. Apr 29, 2011 at 3:04 PM
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    ya thats what i have been told but when i took it in to my mechanic he replaced, put back together and said it did was doing the same thing so i donno
     
  4. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:28 PM
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    I have a 06 tacoma and today the truck was registering at a half a tank however it suddenly ran out of gas, no warning light just shut off and wouldnt turn on. I thought maybe dead battery or something else but the only way it started up again was with a couple gallons of gas. I went straight to the gas station put in $30 and it registered as full tank which I know $30 did not fill my tank. What do you think the problem is with it regestering more gas then what is actually there?
     
  5. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:39 PM
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    worthywads

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    ????

    The gas pump isn't dependent on a sending unit to decide the tank is full, if it indeed isn't actually able to fill it would likely be something with the pump.
     
  6. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:47 PM
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    Rich91710

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    Possibly your fuel pump is taking a shit.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2012 at 9:21 PM
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    1GR

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    Fuel sock clogged at bottom, fuel pump, or fuel pump sending unit.

    Essentially, your tank needs to come down, and your FSU needs to come out.

    Good luck. . :)
     
  8. Apr 25, 2012 at 5:13 AM
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    AnotherSilverTaco

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    This kind of thing has happened twice on my 06. It stopped on its own.
     
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