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fuel low light out

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by loudgonzo, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. Sep 17, 2010 at 7:32 AM
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    loudgonzo

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    low fuel light not coming on when the gauge drops low, drove it for a while afterwards and still did not come on. is there a fuse for this light, or a bulb? How do you access the bulbs behind the dash (check engine, fuel, speedometer etc?)

    thanks
     
  2. Sep 17, 2010 at 7:35 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Welcome to TW! Not sure how to go about replacing the bulb, but there isnt a fuse. Is the gauge working fine?
     
  3. Sep 17, 2010 at 7:40 AM
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    loudgonzo

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    i think it is now, last week when i filled up the tank, the gauge did not go all the way up to full, stayed between 3/4 and full, although the tank was full. After driving the tank to near empty, the gauge dropped down empty, but the low fuel light did not come on.
     
  4. Oct 10, 2010 at 8:14 PM
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    mine doesnt either. i was wondering how to fix it cause my fuses are good. but i had an 89 that never came on either
     
  5. Oct 11, 2010 at 7:05 AM
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    loudgonzo

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    The gauge works fine, have done a good estimate from a full tank to how many miles driven.

    Just the low fuel light is not lighting when gauge is low.

    Any help appreciated.
     
  6. Oct 11, 2010 at 7:24 AM
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  7. Oct 11, 2010 at 7:49 AM
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    The dash is kinda a pain if you have never done it before just follow the instructions 98tacoma27 posted and you should be fine. You just have to remember the panels will come off fairly easy so if it's not you probably have a screw somewhere. wile your at it when you have the gauges out you can change Orange gauge lights if you want I changed mine to LED's but you can just take off the Orange rubber cover on the bulb and it would look better.

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    You cant change the color of your indicator bulbs (Check Engine,ABS,Locker,Blinkers) there's a coating on the gauge face itself believe me I tried so your SOL on that one.
     
  8. Oct 11, 2010 at 11:05 AM
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    Did this light ever come on when you turn the ignition to on??? most of the others do when ya do this...almost seems like a bulb test before ya start the truck....
     
  9. Oct 11, 2010 at 8:40 PM
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    Have you ever seen it on? I questioned mine working too but it doesn't come on till very low
     
  10. Oct 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM
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    Why would you drive till the light is on? Get gas and then your problem will be fixed.................
     
  11. Oct 11, 2010 at 10:27 PM
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    Are you guys certain you even have a light? According to the thread at the link below, its not uncommon for '98-'00s to not have one. Check out post #11. EnolaGaia is never wrong about such things. just sayin...


    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacomas/68046-gas-light-wont-go.html
     
  12. Oct 12, 2010 at 5:12 AM
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    ^^

    My 98 didn't have one.
     
  13. Oct 12, 2010 at 5:40 AM
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    do you have pictures? what leds did you use, can you provide a link?
     
  14. Oct 12, 2010 at 5:41 AM
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    yes, there is a light, seen it on more than I should, but I know it has it.
     
  15. Oct 12, 2010 at 5:45 AM
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    Not in a habit of driving till light comes on, though I've done it quite a few times for a number of reasons. But the fact that I know something is not working makes me want to have it fixed.
     
  16. Oct 12, 2010 at 7:52 AM
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    Well, turning the key to the ON position initiates the bulb check. If the low fuel light illuminates at that time then it is the sender in the fuel tank. If the light doesn't come on, it's the bulb.
     
  17. Jan 22, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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    I am working on getting the dash out of my Tacoma and pulled the cluster. I noticed that there was a spot for a "low fuel light". I would LOVE to have one of those. my 87 4runner has one too. Has anyone figured out if I put a bulb in it will it work, or is there a sending unit difference?

    My Tacoma is a 99 Tacoma 3rz 4x4 sr5. (started life as an Auto, but is now a Manual... if that matters)
     
  18. Jan 23, 2011 at 3:01 PM
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    Just to add to this thread, I pulled out the Wiring diagram from my truck and found the fuel light in the circuit. It says the "fuel light" wire is Y-B (yellow w/ a black tracer). I started at the fuel pump. I found the pump to have 4 wires coming from the top. One was Y-B. So went back to the harness at the cluster. I looked but found that the slot that the wire uses was empty. I went back to the fuel pump and traced the harness back up the frame rail to where it goes into the cab under the driver's seat. There under the seat is a white plug. One side of the plug you see the Y-B wire going in but there is not one going out. If my hunch is right, all you would nee is the 2 pins for the harness and one wire connecting the pluh under the seat to the cluster plug to make the light work!!!
     
  19. Jan 23, 2011 at 3:12 PM
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    mine comes on when the needle is past the E.
     
  20. Jan 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM
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    Same here, I used to rely on the low fuel light I knew once it came on I had about 20 miles to get to a gas station......until it didnt come on and I ran out of gas on the highway, at rush hour, with no breakdown lane to pull over. Nothing more embarasing than standing outside your truck while a towtruck driver fills up your gas tank.

    Let me now how you make out
     
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