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Old 04-08-2009, 09:42 AM   #1
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Last Fuel Bar

I refueled my last tank after the last bar blinked fast for 40 miles. It took 11.009 gallons.
My question is:
Will the last bar ever go away -- so that there are no bars showing?
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:45 AM   #2
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Nope. Last week I did something I have NEVER done before------------I ran out of gas. I guess I just had a lot of stuff on my mind and did not even look at the gas gauge. The car shut off on the interstate (luckily I was able to get to the side of the road) and the last bar was still blinking like mad.

My husband came and brought me a gallon of gas (luckily I was just a few miles from his work) and then I immediately went to the gas station which was only a couple of miles and it still held 10.529 gallons. So that was a total of 11.539 gallons.

As I said, I have been driving for 33 years and never done this before and I do not recommend it. It was very scary with all the big trucks zooming by. I will definitely be more dilligent from now on. As I said it was a combination of factors that made me not notice the gas gauge at all.

Besides with the great gas mileage we get who would have thought, right?And, I had one of my best mpg tanks ever.......36.17.
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Old 04-08-2009, 12:15 PM   #3
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Good to know! I won't push it from now on.
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:09 PM   #4
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Glad you posted this! This being my first week with the Yaris I finally hit the last bar as I pulled into work. Now I know that the 15mi home won't drain the tank dry.
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Old 04-08-2009, 04:16 PM   #5
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FYI the last bar blinks at two rates when it starts flashing faster, get gas!
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:07 AM   #6
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FYI the last bar blinks at two rates when it starts flashing faster, get gas!
Good to know.
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Old 04-09-2009, 12:19 PM   #7
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FYI the last bar blinks at two rates when it starts flashing faster, get gas!
You still have 1.1 gal of gas when the last bar starts blinking faster, so there's no rush, just start planning on getting gas!

Speaking of which, does anyone else find there is very little time between when the last bar starts blinking and when the blinking speeds up? It happens on my car within 10-15 miles, and I know there is only .5 gal difference between the first flashing light and the second faster one...

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Old 04-09-2009, 01:10 PM   #8
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Funny I just saw this post, I started freaking out because on my way to work I noticed I have one bar left and it was blinking =/
I don't know if it switched to one bar yesterday or this morning.. but I have about 10 miles to the gas station I use, but a LOT of stop and go traffic.

I filled my tank about 2 weeks ago =/ I thought I would be going to the gas station less frequently but it doesnt feel like it. 90% of my driving is on the highway with lots of stop and go, so I guess this is why I use gas up. When I fill up today I will write things down so I can figure out my mileage. I hope I can make it with my one bar! I don't know if its blinking fast or slow, this is the only time I've seen it blink.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:19 PM   #9
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I refueled my last tank after the last bar blinked fast for 40 miles. It took 11.009 gallons.
My question is:
Will the last bar ever go away -- so that there are no bars showing?
Umm, you were about 2 minutes away from being stranded. Since the Yaris only takes 1/10th of a gallon more than it took on fill up.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:39 PM   #10
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Glad you posted this! This being my first week with the Yaris I finally hit the last bar as I pulled into work. Now I know that the 15mi home won't drain the tank dry.
You'll make it, but you're car might not forgive you. I try not to ever let it get to the last blinking bar.
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:28 AM   #11
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Umm, you were about 2 minutes away from being stranded. Since the Yaris only takes 1/10th of a gallon more than it took on fill up.
Nothing like living on the edge!
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:52 AM   #12
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Umm, you were about 2 minutes away from being stranded. Since the Yaris only takes 1/10th of a gallon more than it took on fill up.
Yeah, so the fact that I've put 11.6 gallons of gas into my Yaris means I was somehow driving on air for over 15 miles?

The capacity of the tank is not the total fuel capacity, I have on numerous occasions run a tank down so far that I've put more gas in it than the manufacturer claims it will hold.

And also contrary to popular belief, running low on gas does not affect the fuel filter, gas pump or fuel injectors on a modern car (according to Click & Clack, experts on cars). Running out of gas is something that should be avoided for the obvious reasons; but if it happens on a rare occasion, it won't have an long-term effects.

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Old 04-12-2009, 10:12 AM   #13
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besides what would life be if you didn't get stranded in the middle of nowhere every now and again. keeps things interesting. especially when it's night.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:06 AM   #14
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Yeah, so the fact that I've put 11.6 gallons of gas into my Yaris means I was somehow driving on air for over 15 miles?

The capacity of the tank is not the total fuel capacity, I have on numerous occasions run a tank down so far that I've put more gas in it than the manufacturer claims it will hold.
No, that just means the gas station you used has inaccurate pumps.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:38 AM   #15
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No, that just means the gas station you used has inaccurate pumps.
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:45 AM   #16
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:34 PM   #17
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And also contrary to popular belief, running low on gas does not affect the fuel filter, gas pump or fuel injectors on a modern car (according to Click & Clack, experts on cars). Running out of gas is something that should be avoided for the obvious reasons; but if it happens on a rare occasion, it won't have an long-term effects.
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:52 PM   #18
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No, that just means the gas station you used has inaccurate pumps.
A measurable amount of gas can be held in the filler pipe to the tank. Anyone care to guess how much? Another 1/2 gallon?
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