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Tank Capacity Vs. Pump Capacity

March 3, 2012 about Toyota Camry

Like you, I wanted to know- when the fuel warning light comes on, do I need to get gas within the next mile or two? Five? Ten? ???!!! How far have I got to go before I'm stranded and my fuel injector is damaged?

I was skeptical when I read some of the reports here on how far people said they had gone after their warning light came on. However, after discovering my '99 Camry has a 18.5 gallon capacity tank, I realized not only were these statements true, but they make perfect sense.

I was more than a little suprised to discover my tank's true capacity, as I have never been able to get more than a little over 15 gallons into my tank. After two cross-country trips and some meticulous book keeping, I know I get 31.6 miles to the gallon highway- 474 miles to every 15 gallons. I was guesstimating I had one gallon of gas remaining when the warning light came on. Knowing what I know now, it's clear I can travel up to 110.6 highway miles after the warning light comes on.

In order to find out how many miles your own car can travel after the fuel warning light has come on, you will have to fill the tank as soon as the warning light comes on, as much as it will take. Then, subtract that amount from your car's manufacturer listed tank capacity. Finally, multiply the afore number by your mileage per gallon, and you will have the maximum distance you can travel after your warning light comes on.

I STRONGLY CAUTION anyone reading this not to push it to the maximum. I would suggest leaving yourself at least 10 miles "wiggle room", as you could end up damaging your fuel injection system.

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June 21, 2012 by Anonymous

I saw a 60 minutes report by John Stossel that you can run a car completely dry and if you just put gas back in, it will run perfectly fine with no damage. Doing it over and over again isn't good for it, but running a car dry once/twice isn't going to damage anything.

September 27, 2015 by Kemtong

Being a hybrid, it's qecikur than regular four-cylinder Camry sedan; though bit expensive than non-hybrid model, it's far better than the standard Camry edition.

December 24, 2015 by Dilla

First, your carpets and ulrndeay need to be dry as they will always steam when the heater is on. Make sure that people that come into your car do not bring in any snow on their hair clothes or boots as this creates the steam that goes to the windows. Second. Use liquid dishsoap like Sunlight and put a good amount on a paper towel and wipe down the window using the part of the towel that is wet with soap. You are trying to leave a fine layer of soap film on the glass so you do not want to make it squeeky clean . That little bit of residue will keep the fog at bay .and keep the glass clear.Another choice is to drive without heat and leave the drivers window open an inch. That too will keep the windows cleanAlso if you are running the heat do not have it on recirculate always have fresh air coming into the car.And heat is not needed. Or fans. I drove a VW beetle(old type) If there is no heat in the car, there is no steam in the car. Just a little bit of air movement, even if the drivers side window is open 1/2 is good.

December 22, 2016 by Kameryn

You really saved my skin with this inraomotifn. Thanks!

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