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Low Fuel light

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Get2dachopper, Jul 6, 2014.

  1. Jul 6, 2014 at 5:37 PM
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    Get2dachopper

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    Maybe I have a bad case of OCD such that I always fill up my tank before reaching less than quarter empty but yesterday was the first time that I let my tank go nearly empty. The needle was right on the most lower part of the E hash mark....crazy I know right? Anyways In the many other cars I have been in the fuel light usually goes on stays on once the the tank reaches less than a 1/4 or 1/8 full. However, in my truck the light did come on but it would flash every 5 or 6 minutes. Is that normal? Wouldn't the light stay solid until the next fill up? I know this is an unusual question but I would appreciate some input.
     
  2. Jul 6, 2014 at 7:15 PM
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    Gas in the tank was probably shifting causing it to blink would be my guess. Bumpy or hilly roads?
     
  3. Jul 6, 2014 at 7:24 PM
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    Yep, what Pen said. Also, look around a bit, there's like 100 threads on the amount of gas left when the gas light goes on.

    *protip* It is 3 gallons. For both first and second gen. You weren't anywhere near as close to empty as you thought :) Check your owners' manual and you'll have it confirmed.
     
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    Just happened to me. I always thought my gas light was out but i was determined to find out if this was true. First it pulsed on and off every 3 mins on a flat road but when i got home after 4 miles it was constant on.
     
  5. Jul 6, 2014 at 7:33 PM
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    mine comes on and stays on, no blinking, till I put gas in. I always have 4 gallons left in tank when light comes on.
     
  6. Jul 6, 2014 at 7:35 PM
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    Probably because yours is a 2011 and this is a first gen.
     
  7. Jul 6, 2014 at 7:46 PM
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    Pay attention to it, it'll glow somewhat even when it senses the fuel being a little low. The glow intensifies with the lower fuel amount. Sounds like you were on that "verge" of a fill up.
     
  8. Jul 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM
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    Probably because yours is a 2011 and this is a first gen.

    oh yeah, sorry, didn't catch that
     
  9. Jul 6, 2014 at 8:03 PM
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    I have had 2001, 2005 and 2010 Tacomas... and while my low fuel light didn't blink, if it had just come on at the end of a drive, it may not come on again, until a short time after driving it again.

    On my 2010, the light comes on when you still have 4 gallons remaining (down 17 gallons from full), +/- 0.5 gallon. The gauge needle will be on the E line with 3 gallons in the tank. At the half tank line, you are actually down just 9 gallons with 12 still in the tank.
     
  10. Jul 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM
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    3 gallons even it's on the E hash mark line? Wow did not know that. Thanks for all the input. For a moment I thought something was wrong with the fuel gauge.
     
  11. Jul 7, 2014 at 6:37 PM
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    Oh I find all sorts of ways to test my Tacoma!

    The E line is indeed a point of about 3 gallons still in the tank, but the needle keeps going BELOW the E line!!! Don't run out!

    Here is what I have in my truck tank (+/- 1/2 gallon):
    FULL TANK: 21 gallons
    F Line:...... 19 gallons
    3/4 Line:... 16 gallons
    1/2 Line:... 12 gallons
    1/4 Line:.... 8 gallons
    E Light:...... 4 gallons
    E Line:....... 3 gallons
     
  12. Jul 8, 2014 at 10:39 AM
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    The owners manual says it has 15.8 gallons. Is the 21 gallon for the V6 model. I just have a 4 banger reg cab.
     
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