Fuel Gauge

Rhodey

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Not necessarily an economy question, but does anyone else's fuel gauge read lower than what's actually in the tank? I've only owned my tree since November, but whenever I fill up (usually around 1/4 tank) my fill is only ~15-16 gallons. I've had my fuel light come on once, and 19 gallons filled it up. The only thing I can think of is Toyota was trying prolonging the life of their fuel pumps by encouraging their customers to not wait until dead E to fuel up, but 7 gallons seems like a pretty large reserve.
 

Jim Smola

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Not necessarily an economy question, but does anyone else's fuel gauge read lower than what's actually in the tank? I've only owned my tree since November, but whenever I fill up (usually around 1/4 tank) my fill is only ~15-16 gallons. I've had my fuel light come on once, and 19 gallons filled it up. The only thing I can think of is Toyota was trying prolonging the life of their fuel pumps by encouraging their customers to not wait until dead E to fuel up, but 7 gallons seems like a pretty large reserve.
When my fuel light comes on I usually get gas with in 20 miles and am usually putting in 22-23 gal. Same on my Tundra as well.
 
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I have a 2003 with a possessed gas gauge. starts with empty gauge and idiot light, pull in to get gas- says 2/3 tank......drive till idiot light comes on, 18 gallons fills it? I have not noticed it dripping or stinking like gas...
 

thilt

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My 03's gas gauge used to stick all the time. All positions. Sometimes it would stay low after a fill-up and come up real slowly as I drove. Very weird. I put a few tanks of fuel system cleaner in it and it helped a lot. It still sometimes sticks but not as often. I think its time for a new gauge.
 

eahyland

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Is there a fix to this? My 2001 SR5 4x4 seems to have a spot when the level gets low, say 1/8-1/4, the gauge completely drops out to the bottom and the fuel light comes on. Sometimes it comes and goes. Above 1/4 tank it has never dropped out, but somewhere it this range I have no fuel level indication.

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oklamopar

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Ok good, I thought i had a fuel leak, was stuck in traffic for 35 minutes and dropped from full to half a tank. pulled over at first chance and found no leaks. Drove down the road and it came up. Just filled up at 1/4 tank and only gor 16 gallons in it. Thought I had a weird 1. Glad is not just mine. 277k on the clock
 

mvtran

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Usually it is the gas float meter in the gas tank that is faulty. Mine randomly shows empty but I keep track how much gas I have.