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Fuel Saver Mode

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by USNavyTaco, May 29, 2011.

  1. May 29, 2011 at 11:07 PM
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    USNavyTaco

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    Heres something interesting ive noticed in my 06 tacoma prerunner v6

    When the low fuel warning light comes on, the truck changes.. shifting becomes different, a bit more touchy, a bit rougher (automatic)

    power is also reduced a bit, takes more throttle to move the same quickness as with a more full tank,

    fill it back up, and everything reverts back to normal instantly

    Is this some kind of fuel saving mode? or is this a weird fuel pump problem i havent figured out yet?
     
  2. May 29, 2011 at 11:17 PM
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    i usually fill up before this too.. but ive ran it down to near empty on my longer shore trips on the weekends.

    just weird i guess.. done my google search, but found nothing..

    ill have to look into this more.. it isnt unheard of though. my uncles saab had this.. as soon as it would would go low enough for the fuel warning to come on and ding.. the tranny would shift sooner, the acceleration would lag, and sport mode would be disabled..weird eh?
     
  3. May 29, 2011 at 11:41 PM
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    It's possible. The computer could have multiple fuel map options. I know a lot of the newer sport motorcycles coming out have them. So it wouldn't be much of a stretch to see them in our trucks. Especially considering the tech that they already have installed.
     
  4. May 31, 2011 at 10:12 PM
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    Wouldn't doubt if there was some "hidden" thing in the computer. I wrote up here a while back about a weird thing with the A/C shutting itself off and going into recirculate mode automatically when the water temp went over 210. Monitored it with my Scangauge and was able to have it happen a couple times in traffic on really hot days. Iteresting feature to keep the engine cool.
     
  5. May 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM
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    wow thats pretty interesting. I just got a scan gauge about 2 days ago. It is pretty badass.
     
  6. May 31, 2011 at 10:30 PM
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    Could be something as simple as fuel starvation. When my low fuel light comes on, about twice since I have owned it I was between 3.2 and 3.7 gallons of running dry based on a 21 gallon tank. I never noticed any difference in driveability but then I didn't continue to drive it for another 20 miles either and usually had stopped and refueled within about 10 miles max. So if your continuing to drive you might be getting small air pockets in the line causing hesitation, surging, etc.
    Just a guess.
     
  7. May 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM
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    achirdo

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  8. May 31, 2011 at 10:44 PM
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    I must have the Exxon calibration in my computer. My truck goes through fuel faster than meth at a Crack Whores Birthday party.


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  9. Jun 1, 2011 at 1:23 PM
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    I remember something on a previous (non-Toyota) vehicle about one or two sensors being "de-prioritized" when low on fuel. Maybe misfire and knock? Something to do with dealing with occasional bubbles of air being fed through the fuel system as the low fuel sloshed around in the tank.
     
  10. Jun 1, 2011 at 8:57 PM
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    Very strange, indeed...I have a 6 speed manual and I have sometimes thought to myself when the low fuel light has come on, "is the truck not accelerating as well?"...you can barely notice it, but then I fill it up and it seems to drive normally...very weird...maybe it is in the computer/fuel mapping...
     
  11. Jun 1, 2011 at 9:28 PM
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    I have also felt this. But thought it was all apart of my reliable Butt Dyno :p
     
  12. Jun 1, 2011 at 9:46 PM
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    Probably just in your head.
     
  13. Jun 1, 2011 at 9:49 PM
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    I drive a 6 speed manual, and I notice no difference in the engine with the fuel light on.
     
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    Did you know you can subscribe to a thread, by clicking "Thread Tools" at the top of the thread?

    Or is proper etiquette here to let people know you are subscribing to a thread?
     
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    Somewhat to my surprise, when the lowfuel light on my '11 comes on,there is only about 1.5 gallons remaining, or about a 30 mile safety margin.
     
  17. Jun 2, 2011 at 11:13 AM
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    That option isn't availible if you are browsing from a smart phone using Tapatalk
     
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  19. Jun 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM
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    I'll take that one .
     
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