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Gas Gauge

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by w/chunter, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. Jan 7, 2011 at 6:44 PM
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    w/chunter

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    When my gas gauge gets to the 1/4 tank line, it drops like a rock. I wonder if this is common to all, or most, 1st gen Tacomas? Thanks
     
  2. Jan 7, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    My 2.4L didn't seem to, But the 3.4 drops like a rock after a 1/4
     
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    Snowman

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    Mine sure does. I just figured it was because the top 3/4 actually fills past the "full" mark, making it more than a 1/4. where the last 1/4 is an actual 1/4 making it seem to burn faster.
    If its not above 3/4 and not below 1/4 I just see it as "around half a tank" ha
     
  4. Jan 8, 2011 at 6:43 AM
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    my 3.4 seems to drop like a rock all the time...but it is a little faster from 1/4 down...but even though it moves quickly, the fuel light doesn't come on as quickly as you might expect for as far and fast as the needle moves...
     
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    Mine does the same thing but it also will run on E for a long time.
     
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    i go through the first 1/4 and the last 1/4 the fastest, it must be the shape of the tank or something.
     
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    ^how far can ya actually go on E cause im not sure,i usually dont try to go that far.with the light on i mean
     
  8. Jan 8, 2011 at 10:35 PM
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    I had an '01, but don't remember any specific oddity with the gauge.

    Why not do some record keeping like we with the 2nd Gen. Tacos have been?

    When your gas gauge needle is dead over the various lines or when your E Light comes on, pull into a gas station ASAP and fill up.

    On the 2nd Gen. 21 gallon tanks, the first and last 1/4 tank gauge levels are bigger than the middle two. Put you mouse pointer over my truck info. on the left.
     
  9. Jan 8, 2011 at 11:46 PM
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    Honestly, that is how it is with most cars from my experience. They are all like that where it especially takes the needle a long time to budge off the top line, then 3/4 takes a long time as well, 1/2 isn't quite as long as 3/4 a tank was, but then once it hits 1/4 it seems like you only drive a few miles until the needle starts to drop near the bottom.

    I think it must just be how the sending units are set up and work. Whatever the case is though on what makes the guages work like that, it is most defnitely not specific to Tacoma's, that's for sure.
     

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