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Old 01-14-2013, 11:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fuel and gas tank question?

So I just realized that our tundras have a 26 gallon tank but when I am on E it only takes me 20 gallons to fill up which is usualy perfect because I use the Winn Dixi fuel perks and paid 75 cents a gallon for my last fill up but that is beside the point.

So I guess my question is, has anyone had the gutts to see how far they can really go on E? because if I did the math correctly, I should have another 90 miles on empty and thats just crazy!

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This topic comes up frequently. Long and short of it is best not to test it if you dont have to.
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No, I don't have the guts to try it myself. But there was a guy on another forum who did try this and this is what he found out.


After the empty gas light comes on, the truck can go (Tested by 2008 Crewmax, 5.7) 73.7 mi (at 13.4 mpg). According to his calculation, the reserve is 5.5 gal (Gas tank itself: 26.4 gal).

When you have roughly a half gallon left in the tank, the truck chimes. 8 mi after
the chime the truck dies.




Some owners of newer model trucks claimed that the chime never comes on like this 2008 model.
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I have gone all the way n its about 26-26.4 gal with reserve but I haven't heard the chime. I ran out of gas n had to thro a little in to get gas n when I filled up it was 25.6gal.

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Thanks man this helps out a lot, I just dont want to test it. I have a 2013 I hope it does chime at me if i get it that low
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When I hit 0 miles to empty, I start looking for gas. I usually end up putting around 21-22 gallons in. According to my mpg's (11.5-12), I'm probably safe for another 50 miles or so after I hit 0 miles til empty. I don't test that theory though.
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This is just plain stupid, in my opinion. We all haul around 6 gallons (42 lbs) of gas full time that we can't, or don't use.
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This is just plain stupid, in my opinion. We all haul around 6 gallons (42 lbs) of gas full time that we can't, or don't use.
I disagree. We can use it if we want. That 6 gallons isn't "reserve", it is just there to protect people from there own stupidity. If the tank was absolutely empty when it says 0 to empty, how many people do you think will be on the side of the road, out of gas?

If you want to use all of your fuel before fillup, do the math, and run that sucker until you have 1 gallon left.

If you don't want to haul around 42 extra lbs of fuel, only fill up to 3/4 tank. Problem solved
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This is just plain stupid, in my opinion. We all haul around 6 gallons (42 lbs) of gas full time that we can't, or don't use.


I HATE that my gas will not mix with the old gas when I put it in!!!

Keeps your F/P submerged, keeps you away from the bottom of the tank, keeps you off the side of the road.

I haul 6 gallons (42 lbs) of my fat a** around, but that's just because I like to eat. Without it though, I would not be as comfortable in my chair.
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I thought our trucks were carburated, and the only way to access that extra 6 gallons was to flip a switch to "reserve"

I broke down on the interstate one night, out of gas, on an old carburated motorcycle I had. Apparently I forgot to flip it off reserved when I filled up....oops. never made that mistake again
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wtf? I dont need to be protected from my own stupidity...its too late for that. For 41k I want a effin fuel gauge that tells the truth !
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No way, it makes it fun. When you show 0 til empty, you can play a game with yourself, and figure out how accurate your previous calculations were, and keep driving the truck until you think it needs gas.. If it takes you 25.5-26 gallons to fillup, you win. If you break down before a gas station, you lose. If it take you less than 25.5 gallons to fillup, you need to keep working on it- Needs Improvement

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Methinks Toyota Roadside Assistance would not approve of that after the first time i called them...and i would yell at them too !
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Every nanny can be beaten. Some easier than others. The gas light nanny is the easiest....ignore it.
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wtf? I dont need to be protected from my own stupidity...its too late for that. For 41k I want a effin fuel gauge that tells the truth !
while probably correct, there are "others" among us that were not dealt a full deck. You know, not the bright bulb on the strand? Toyota has to engineer with ALL IQ levels in mind.
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