1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Low Fuel Light and Fuel Tank Capacity

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by TacomaBuilder67, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. Jul 16, 2012 at 8:43 PM
    #1
    TacomaBuilder67

    TacomaBuilder67 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Member:
    #80755
    Messages:
    222
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    San Antonio,TX
    Vehicle:
    '12 PreRunner DCSB V6 TRD Sport MGM
    Bull Bar, KC Apollo Lights, LED interior lights, TRD Center Caps,Tailgate Anti Theft Mod,TRD Shorty antenna,
    Have had my 2012 Tacoma DCSB PreRunner TRD Sport V6 for a month and a half and have a question about Fuel Tank Capacity and the low fuel light. I always fill up soon after the Low Fuel light comes on and the most fuel I can get in the tank is about 17 to 17.5 Gals.The Owners Manual says the tank capacity is 21.0 Gals. If my calculations are correct (by no means am I a rocket scientist or a mathmatician), then I should still have 4 Gals left in the tank when the light comes on. I guess I am scared of running it completely out of gas and being stranded since I am still learning the characteristics of my truck. Anyone know how many more miles I can drive with the low fuel light on before running out? I know some of it will depend on me keeping my heavy right foot under control. :D
     
  2. Jul 16, 2012 at 8:45 PM
    #2
    medic2230

    medic2230 Ditch Doctor

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2008
    Member:
    #9942
    Messages:
    10,236
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Murph
    Columbus, Ga
    Vehicle:
    2011 Taco 4x4 DCLB
    20% Tint, OME 3"complete lift with Dakar's, Light Racing UCA's, 285/75/16 Nitto Terra Grapplers, 10 HP TW sticker, Ultraguage, B.A.M.F. Rock Sliders, MedicFab Bed Rack, Relentless front bumper
    Depends on your MPG. :D Ultragauge also shows 4 gallons left when light comes on.
     
  3. Jul 16, 2012 at 8:47 PM
    #3
    TacomaBuilder67

    TacomaBuilder67 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Member:
    #80755
    Messages:
    222
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    San Antonio,TX
    Vehicle:
    '12 PreRunner DCSB V6 TRD Sport MGM
    Bull Bar, KC Apollo Lights, LED interior lights, TRD Center Caps,Tailgate Anti Theft Mod,TRD Shorty antenna,
    Thanks. Thought that might be right. According to fuelly.com I am averaging 17.1 MPG
     
  4. Jul 16, 2012 at 8:49 PM
    #4
    wtbthree

    wtbthree Give 'er

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35496
    Messages:
    595
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Will
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Vehicle:
    SC'ed 2010 DC
    3" Revtek lift, 17" FJ rims, 285 BFG KO's, sunroof, TRD piping, Wickedflow muffler, Avid step rails TRD supercharger,
    Obviously it's going to vary a little on your mileage, but you're correct - the general rule is about 4 gallons once the lights comes on. There are a few threads floating around here about this
     
  5. Jul 16, 2012 at 8:54 PM
    #5
    TacomaBuilder67

    TacomaBuilder67 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Member:
    #80755
    Messages:
    222
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    San Antonio,TX
    Vehicle:
    '12 PreRunner DCSB V6 TRD Sport MGM
    Bull Bar, KC Apollo Lights, LED interior lights, TRD Center Caps,Tailgate Anti Theft Mod,TRD Shorty antenna,
    Been filling up around the 311 Mile mark on trip meter. Is it possible that I could get another 68 miles out of the 4 Gals?? I do not think I would push it that far, but would settle for 30 more. :)
     
  6. Jul 16, 2012 at 8:58 PM
    #6
    03is300ztk

    03is300ztk Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2011
    Member:
    #68845
    Messages:
    398
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Zach
    Somewhere in the hills NC
    Vehicle:
    07 Tacoma 4X4
    Grillcraft, with front and rear bumper/bed in the works.
    Possible but be careful, quickest way to shorten the life of a fuel pump is to run it dry. I never go below half tank if i can avoid it.
     
  7. Jul 16, 2012 at 9:03 PM
    #7
    whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2009
    Member:
    #27905
    Messages:
    35,266
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Christian
    Yorba Linda, CA
    Vehicle:
    10 MGM TRD OR 4wd Auto DCSB
    Banks Monster Exhaust, Pop n Lock tailgate lock, Hook-Ups tie down brackets, USA Spec Ipod adaptor, WO seat covers, color matched grill with Grillcraft insert, Tuffy locking bed box
  8. Jul 16, 2012 at 9:12 PM
    #8
    TacomaBuilder67

    TacomaBuilder67 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2012
    Member:
    #80755
    Messages:
    222
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Mike
    San Antonio,TX
    Vehicle:
    '12 PreRunner DCSB V6 TRD Sport MGM
    Bull Bar, KC Apollo Lights, LED interior lights, TRD Center Caps,Tailgate Anti Theft Mod,TRD Shorty antenna,
To Top