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Fuel Quantity Issue

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by craggin42, May 30, 2020.

  1. May 30, 2020 at 2:27 PM
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    craggin42

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    Hello everyone. I have a 2012 TRD Sport and today while coming home from work, the engine just shut off. Coasted to the side of the road, shut everything down and attempted a restart. Looked at all of the gauges and didn't note any issues; the fuel level was reading above E and the low-level light was not illuminated. Turns out, I was out of fuel but the gauge was not reading properly. Filled it up and the gauge now reads full. Is there a test I can do to check the gauge or is this possibly a sending unit or float issue? Any advice aside from not letting the fuel level get too low would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
     
  2. May 30, 2020 at 2:42 PM
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    Jimmyh

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    When you say above the E what does that mean?

    There is a lot of area that is above E, quarter of a tank, half a tank, ...

    I always try and fill up before I hit a quarter tank. Prevents issues.

    You probably have a sticking float resistor.
     
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  3. May 30, 2020 at 4:09 PM
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  4. May 30, 2020 at 4:37 PM
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  5. May 31, 2020 at 1:21 PM
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    The fuel level at the time was between 1/4 and E, closer to the E. I am glad I thought of adding fuel before diving into it deeper. Thank you for the reply.
     
  6. May 31, 2020 at 1:23 PM
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    craggin42

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    Thank you for the reply and the suggestion of the strap wrench. I take it the tank will need to be removed to perform repair? Is there any way of reading out the sending unit before attempting to replace to verify that is the issue?
     
  7. May 31, 2020 at 4:16 PM
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    Daves300

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    They went hrough the fuel gauge circuit in this thread: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/fuel-gauge-troubleshooting-info.552682/

    When I replaced my pump, the tank was 3/4 full, so I lifted the bed instead of dropping the tank.

    I can't think of a way to effectively test the sender without removing it.

    Be careful with the filler neck, somehow I broke a piece out of the vent tube. The replacement wasn't expensive, I just had to lift the bed again.
     
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