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Gas light on - How many miles

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mxracer244, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. Oct 15, 2013 at 6:58 PM
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    mxracer244

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    So I ran low on fuel in my 2013 DCSB V6 and the low fuel light just came on. How many miles until empty? When does the light come on? With 1 gallon left? With 2 gallons left?

    Curious so I know before I run out!:confused:
     
  2. Oct 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM
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    I have about 3.5 gallons left when the light comes on.
     
  3. Oct 15, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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    what it means to me, is my wallet will be $75.00 lighter if I fill up right away when the light comes on. lol
     
  4. Oct 15, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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    Going by gallons I have about 2 left. Highway miles i can get 30-35 miles. City varies. So the answer would depend on you experience I believe.
     
  5. Oct 15, 2013 at 7:11 PM
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    Correct answer is 3 1/2 - 4

    Big thread on this
     
  6. Oct 15, 2013 at 7:13 PM
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    So you've run out of gas to find out for sure?

    If my light comes on I can fill to around 17.5 gallons. It's a 21 gallon tank, hence 3.5. I've filled to 20.4 once pushing it.
     
  7. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM
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    Toyota says to keep the fuel pump running cool . With the fuel pump inside the tank , I never go below half a tank .With the colder months approaching , condensation also builds up inside the tank .
    Thanks for the tips though . If running back roads and the light does come on , its good to know how far we can travel without hiking
     
  8. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:05 PM
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    and condensation doesn't occur in a half full tank ?
     
  9. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:07 PM
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    No *way* there's a 3.5-4 gal cushion. At least on mine!

    The manual says I have an 18 gallon tank. I get the light with roughly a gallon left, or 400-425ish miles most times. And if I wait for the light to fill up, EVERY time I pump 17.something gallons. EVERY. TIME.

    And I also use Fuelly to track my mileage, so its something that would not go un-noticed.

    Not saying y'all can't be right. But *my* '08 four-banger is an 18 gallon tank with a 1 gallon light.
     
  10. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:09 PM
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    Might wanna check your manual again , 80 litres / 21 US Gallons
     
  11. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:09 PM
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    Searching would do wonders. Lots of threads on this.
     
  12. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM
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    3.5-4 gallons left when the fuel light comes on
     
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    ALL 2005+ are 21.1 gallon.
     
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    I will check it in the morning, it's comin' on midnight and I gotta be up at 5 something.

    BUT, I *will* check it again. And if I was wrong I'll not only say so but post pics of my manual to boot. ;)
     
  15. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:12 PM
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    17.8 Imperial gallons.
     
  16. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM
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    The mechanics I know have all told me to never let injection intake motors run dry ever, if you can help it. I've been told that is a very bad thing for the injectors.

    Is this truth?

    If it isn't, I'll fill a gallon portable on my next fillup and drive her till she quits like I normally do and check the results.
     
  17. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM
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    It is only bad to run out of gas, not bad to run it low. The gas running thru the pump cools it and lubricates it, not the gas around it.

    Don't do it. Trust the math, your tank is 21.1.
     
  18. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM
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    Why , yes condensation does occur with half a tank of fuel , but far less than if we run our tank dry :D
     
  19. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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    I'm not buying it
     
  20. Oct 15, 2013 at 8:22 PM
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    Lol all 2nd gens have a 21.1 tank...
    And low fuel light comes on around 3-4 gallons. Depends on the truck because I've seen a lot that vary
     

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