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I always fill up my tank when it's half empty. Anyone else? Is this safe?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by tundrathr0w, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. Jun 12, 2018 at 12:48 PM
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    nodak67

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    run to 1/2 tank during winter months. up here its a safety issue in case you get stuck on the side of the road between 6 major towns in the whole state. winter temps can get pretty bad, I have seen -24F ambient and about -60F wind chill.

    remember one winter day driving down the road at about 25mph and the wind slowly pushing you off the road. that was a fun afternoon driving home from work.

    had a nasty blizzard drive 2-3yrs ago into work. couldn't see past the hood, had to drive on the rumble strips on the side of the road to even tell if I was still on the road. made it about 4-5 miles down the road before I turned around and went home.
     
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  2. Jun 12, 2018 at 1:01 PM
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    After the big quake of 89' I don't let any of my vehicles get below 1/2.
     
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  3. Jun 12, 2018 at 1:15 PM
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    Do you people really think that filling up at half a tank costs less money? You can pay 100 for a fill up from empty and run 2 weeks or you can pay 50 from 1/2 tank and fill up every week. It's all the same.
     
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  4. Jun 12, 2018 at 1:32 PM
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    I fill up as little as possible to save time. I know the tank is 26.4 gallons and when the low fuel indicator is on that means I have 6.4 gallons remaining. There is almost nowhere where a station is further than 6 gallons of use.
     
  6. Jun 12, 2018 at 1:50 PM
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    Still figuring this one out as I'm new to Tundra, but for our road trip coming up, I plan to fill as soon as I see it dip below half. Really wanting that tank upgrade..
    Filled up today with "17 miles" left in the 26.4 gal tank. Maths told me I averaged 13.5 mpg
     
  7. Jun 12, 2018 at 6:27 PM
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    Half a tank here too. Doesn’t hurt as bad that way when it’s a 38 gallon tank. I’ve had my share of second and third gen Tacoma’s as well and surprisingly the tundra isn’t all that much worse but a whole lot more fun and space.
     
  8. Jun 12, 2018 at 6:30 PM
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    Blasphemy! Don't use maths against us heretic! :rofl:
     
  9. Jun 12, 2018 at 6:36 PM
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  10. Jun 12, 2018 at 6:38 PM
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    My time is worth too much to be stopping at gas station more often. Monthly gas bill is the same regardless. Plus I can build up more Kroger discount points and use up to a max of 35 gallons.
     
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  11. Jun 12, 2018 at 6:40 PM
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  12. Jun 13, 2018 at 1:40 AM
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    I hate to let it go past half because if you do, it's like a slot machine when filling up, $$$$$$$$

    cha ching cha ching!
     
  13. Jun 13, 2018 at 5:00 AM
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    I got my truck last month and finally topped her off on my last fill up for the first time. I think I'm going to start topping it off every time when it gets a little below half a tank. Maybe I'm a little OCD, but when I gas up, I want to see a full tank when I drive away from the pump.
     
  14. Jun 13, 2018 at 5:31 AM
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    north Dakota, about 53 miles (as the crow flies) from the border, 111 miles to the nearest portal (by road)

    that blizzard drive was fun. been thru a few driving to work, but its been only twice in like 30 years that I actually turned around.

    took about 30 mins to drive roughly 4-5 miles from home to when I decided to turn around and go home.

    its about 15 miles door to door drive to work. 10-12 miles from edge of town to base.
     
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  15. Jun 13, 2018 at 5:34 AM
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  16. Jun 13, 2018 at 5:48 AM
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    Maybe some of you could benefit from a 68 gallon tank then.

    I understand filling up as often as possible if you don't have gas stations every 10 miles or deal with 2 hours of idling in traffic everyday, but besides that why think so much about it? Get gas when the light comes on. It costs the same but you save a little time and hassle at least. I never knew getting gas could take so much thought.
     
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  17. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:19 AM
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    I also was told not to let it get too low. Crap gets sucked into the fuel pump and the additional empty space in the gas tank increases the possibility of water vapor condensation.
     
  18. Jun 13, 2018 at 9:22 AM
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    When I was younger, I was told with the new fuel injected engines not to let it run empty because the dealer would have to repressurize the injection system and it was expensive.
     
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    Oh hell no. This makes me glad I live in a rural village on the outskirts of a dying rust belt city.
     
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  20. Jun 13, 2018 at 10:51 AM
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    Hold the Line! If you are not holding the line, abandon your ship. Destruction is inevitable without more to hold the line!
    Wasn't reliable for me... :crapstorm:

    I ran out of gas around 2 months ago with the fuel indicator showing the tank was 1/4 full. This has never happened again.
     
  21. Jun 13, 2018 at 1:26 PM
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    Fill up around 1/2 tank now. Last job was 100.4 miles round trip each day. that was a killer on the wallet. a full fill up about Thursday and a top off on Saturday. About 100$ a week. New job is 7.2 miles from home. 1 gallon a day back and forth. I haven't put gas in the truck in about three weeks and still just under 1/2 tank.
     
  22. Jun 14, 2018 at 6:49 AM
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    Hold the Line! If you are not holding the line, abandon your ship. Destruction is inevitable without more to hold the line!
    It is actually cheaper to fill up closer to empty.

    The reason:

    If you keep the tank above 1/2 full all the time, then your average Gross vehicle weight will be greater and that will decrease your MPG, even if it is ever so slightly. If you fill up close to the E mark then your truck will have a lower average Gross Vehicle weight and MPG will be increased ever so slightly.

    However one can stand to reason that the additional weight would slightly make the truck sit lower, which would create better aerodynamic flow, which could lead to better MPG.

    Honestly the difference is quite minute in either case but still worth mentioning even if only for the sake of maintaining a fully encompassing logical argument.
     
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  23. Jun 14, 2018 at 6:56 AM
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    I let mine go until the light comes on. That usually puts it at about 6 gallons left in the tank.
     
  24. Jun 16, 2018 at 6:53 AM
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    I try to never go below half. I have to fill up everyday with my commute. Had too many close calls as a kid. Plus you just never know how far you’ll have to go, so I play it safe. Most definitely wanting some Jerry Cans.
     

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