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I'm an idiot - ran out of gas

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by 434LSU, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:44 AM
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    434LSU

    434LSU [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Today I pushed my Tacoma to the max out of pure laziness and ran out of gas. I had three warnings come on. High transmission fluid temperature, check charging system, and something else I can't remember. Then my truck just shut off. I put a gallon into the tank then drove and filled the rest of the way up. Probably about 5 miles round trip.

    Did I do any damage? Possibly the fuel pump? Would I know immediately if damage occurred?
     
  2. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:45 AM
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    Biscuits

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    Swiggity swangin' biggity bangin'
    I wouldn't think so if it happened once. I mean, I don't think premature shut off due to a lack of fuel is a good thing, but as far as damage is concerned with a one-off, I wouldn't think twice about it.
     
  3. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:47 AM
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    ryan_tx

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    The real question though... how many miles did you get after your fuel light came on?
     
  4. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:48 AM
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    434LSU

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    Probably around 30-40 miles after hitting "0 miles to empty" lol
     
  5. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:48 AM
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    JohnMurphyNC

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    I’ve been there! I think as long as it doesn’t happen often you should be fine.
     
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  6. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:49 AM
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    If it shut off abruptly, It’s likely fine. If it was sputtering to a stop that would be hard on things like the HP fuel pump. Don’t sweat it if it’s running fine now, though.
     
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    Amanelot

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    Yea! Give us the stats man! For science! MPG? How many total miles? How far did you go after the fuel light came on? How many gallons did it take to fill her back up?
     
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  8. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:50 AM
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    5nahalf

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    Running it out of fuel is fine, but keep in mind that the fuel pump is cooled by the fuel, so doing it alot can lead to fuel pump failure.
     
  9. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:51 AM
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    Good to know! Definitely "won't" be putting that to the test at all :rolleyes:
     
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    Out here doin God's work
     
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    This.

    Also, depending on how hot it is where you live, you shouldn't run the tank to empty or near it. Fuel keeps the pump cool (this of course is assuming it's in the tank - on my mustangs they were, and we'd burn them up pretty quick during hot summers if we were putting small amounts of fuel in to run at the track).

    Yes, I used to own mustangs. I never ran anybody over leaving a parking lot though so let's just nip that in the butt right now.
     
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    Were you trying to beat Kramer’s record? (Seinfeld reference)
     
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    I’m at 5 miles to empty right now and was freaking out a little bit. I feel better now. Thanks!
     
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  14. Jul 8, 2020 at 10:55 AM
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    Your biggest problem is not the truck. It is listening to your wife call you a dumb ass for the next 6 months.
    Check her FaceBook I am sure it already on there :p
     
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    Thx for sharing your research! Always good to know.
     
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    I was driving one day and at the 5 miles to empty got a little nervous as I didnt know the area I was in. I hit the 1 mile to empty and was worried. Finally found the station, but an extra 40 after the zero though? Good to know.
     
  20. Jul 8, 2020 at 11:02 AM
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    The other warning lights prob not related to running out of gas other than the engine shutting off. Should be fine once you gas up
     

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