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Keep you fuel tank at least 1/4 tank level?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hansel, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Apr 19, 2013 at 8:14 AM
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    Hansel

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    In the cars i have in which the fuel pump is located in the gas tank, i try to keep the level at 1/4 or higher....the fuel helps cool the pump, therefore extending the life of the pump. Do you guys do this with your Tacos?

    I do admit that I don't always do this and sometimes run on fumes before filling up....
     
  2. Apr 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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    in all my vehicles ive had ive always 'tried' to fill up at the 1/4 mark, butting lately my gas light has been coming on a lot and i throw a 20 in and its gone the next day
     
  3. Apr 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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    I run mine to empty.
     
  4. Apr 19, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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    Any car I have ever owned I have always tried to fill the tank when it dropped down to between 1/2 and a 1/4 tank. Unless i was running them on a long trip on the highway. Its always easier to stop and fill up when its 1/2 a tank low than when its empty. plus over the long haul it helps to prevent moisture from building up in a almost empty gas tank.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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    Yep, always at 1/4 and always with premium................ymmv
     
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    1/4 tank at a minimum in my truck. Once in a while, I'll run it lower but very infrequently.
     
  7. Apr 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM
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    I drive mine until the light comes on, then go to the pump and let it fill until the auto-shutoff stops it.

    Always the same.

    Gives me consistent gas mileage readings that way.
     
  8. Apr 19, 2013 at 11:30 AM
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  9. Apr 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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    do the 2nd gens have the capability for increased power with premium?
     
  10. Apr 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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    If you live where it gets cold at night, low tank levels can cause more condensation to form.
     
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    When the light comes on it's time to fill up unless there are no gas stations along your future route .
     
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    good posts and I agree about the condensation...another good reason to keep it as full as possible, especially during any long term storage.

    But hasn't anyone heard of the fuel helping keep the fuel pump cooler so it lasts longer? I'm not making it up:confused: that's why i do it. in the old cars, when we had mechanical pumps on the engine, this was not an issue, but with the electric ones it is. Maybe in the Tacos, the pump does not sit low in the tank?
     
  13. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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    Came across this on the internets a couple weeks ago, interesting read:

    http://rense.com/general81/gass.htm

    "[SIZE=+1]One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying i ts empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount."[/SIZE]
     
  14. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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    I don't worry about it. Just don't run it out, as that can damage the cat when the engine stalls.
    The fuel flowing through the pump cools it. This has never been a problem on Toyota vehicles.

    It's been a big problem on GM vehicles... but they frequently fail even when not run empty.
     
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    i usually fill up at about 1/4 tank just outta habit
     
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    The V6 was designed for premium, but de-tunes for regular.
    The 2.7 shows no change.
     
  17. Apr 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM
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    Pretty much.

    I don't sweat it if my light comes on... I mean there's still 3-4 gallons left... but I normally make sure that I don't park it for the night with less gas than would be needed to get to work and back (90 miles).
     
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    So, if I'm reading this correctly, your gas is gonna evaporate out of a sealed tank?

    I mean, MY gas tank has a pressure warning on the cap, and its tough to have a closed, pressurized system if theres enough holes to evap the gas all out.

    Or am I missing something? Like, my 18 gallon tank is gonna have 12 cents of gasoline evaporate and stay inside the tank as non burned fuel this month? Oh noez?
     
  19. Apr 19, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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    Pretty sure the quote is referring to the gasoline that vaporizes while the fill up is taking place and could escape the tank before you put the cap on? Not sure but the article had some good points.
     
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    I had a neighboor whose kid had an F-150 and went to jail for 3 years. The truck sat on the side yard and was never moved for 3 years. When he got out of jail he put a new battery in it and fired it right up.
     
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