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When your fuel light comes on

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Tracker, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Mar 17, 2016 at 11:42 PM
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    Tracker

    Tracker [OP] New Member

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    I have a 38 gallon tank. I was heading home and the gas light came on. I went 26 miles to my gas station of choice and the truck took 32.1 gallons to top off. So my calculations is that when the light comes on I have 8 gallons in there x 13.4 mpg equals 107.2 miles to get to a gas station :)
     
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  2. Mar 18, 2016 at 1:31 AM
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    ColoradoTJ

    ColoradoTJ I'm a boob guy.

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    Sounds about right Tracker.
     
  3. Mar 18, 2016 at 4:26 AM
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    AMRE2ME2

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    Yep, I checked mine one time to see how much was left and it took 8 gal. too.
     
  4. Mar 18, 2016 at 6:03 AM
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    I spent a bunch time with this when I bought my 2015. Called Toyota and everything. I was hitting (zero miles to empty) and only able to put in 21 gallons. I assume you have a 16 with the bigger tank. My 15 is supposed to have a 26.5 gallon tank. This is one of the only two problems I have with the Tundra. The other is storage in the back which i fixed with the ESP under seat storage for Crew max 14 or higher. Not enough for me to say it is not the BEST TRUCK with the best durability and reliability. I guess they just do not want you running out of gas. I have about 5.5 gallons left when mine gets to zero miles to empty. I reset my trip at zero (if I can remember) and stay safe with about a 12mpg calculation and know that I still have at least 60 miles left. I carried a spare tank for a while when I was experimenting with it, and I did run it out. It would just be easier if it was just correct and you really did have 20 miles to empty when it said 20 miles to empty.
     
  5. Mar 18, 2016 at 6:56 AM
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    ToyotaTundraMike

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    Check out this thread for more info on this.

    https://www.tundras.com/threads/2016-tundra-w-38-gallon-gas-tank-question.3531/#post-63562

    Here's the TLDR version:

    They use the "38" and the "26" as selling points. The extra 5 gallons isn't supposed to be used because it keeps the pump submerged (this is so it doesn't fry, which manufacturers have had problems with). Hence why it gives you the 0 to empty and only lets you put 21 or 33 gallons in it. They do this on purpose to prevent pump failure, and also so they can advertise it to hold more fuel than you actually can use.
     
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  6. Mar 18, 2016 at 8:28 AM
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    Wynnded

    Wynnded Wait, what?

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    And because there are too many drivers that don't monitor their gauges. Famous last words: "How long has that light been on?"
     
  7. Mar 18, 2016 at 8:36 AM
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    Sean266

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    I just never let my fuel get that low- ever.
     
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  8. Mar 18, 2016 at 9:31 AM
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    I run past the fuel light/0 mi to empty every single tank. Most I've put in was 24.8gallons once, usually right around 21/22 gallons though. The lights comes on at about 20 gallons
     
  9. Mar 18, 2016 at 10:31 AM
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    RowdyRon

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    Yeah, I start looking to top her off at the 1/4 tank point. Call me paranoid but I've been caught before where fuel wasn't readily available. It is good to know though that there is quite a bit of fluff available.
     
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