Re: [toyota-prius] gas gauge indicator
- To answer your questions in reverse order:
You should calculate distance to empty based on consumption, not the guess guage.
K. B. Eric Riddle
1983 GL1100i & CB1000C
2007 HHR & 2004 Ion
Bellevue, Sarpy County, Nebraska
--- On Mon, 6/30/08, Alan Nathan <a-nathan@...> wrote:
From: Alan Nathan <a-nathan@...>
Subject: [toyota-prius] gas gauge indicator
Date: Monday, June 30, 2008, 9:23 PM
I have a 2005 Prius with about 34k miles on it. An odd thing happened
today. Usually I let the gasoline gauge go down to 1 tick before
filling up. Typically it takes 9 gallons to fill at 1 tick. Today I
passed 1 tick and about 7 miles later I got the flashing indicator and
the screen message that I need to refill right away. So I got to the
nearest station and filled up--and it still only took about 9 gallons.
It would seem that I got the flashing indicator incorrectly. Has
anyone else experienced this problem? Should I have it looked at?
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> Many of us call it a "guess guage." The indicators are notoriously
> inconsistent. Your experience is pretty typical.
> The guage on my wife's 2002 drops like a stone once it gets to three
> bars while mine may go a hundred miles before it drops from three to
> two bars. I figure if it gets to three bars I've probably let it go
> too long in either case.
the fuel tank to restrict vapourisation of the fuel in the tank. The
capacity of the tank and density of the fuel change with temperature. (This
is why racing teams measure fuel by weight - well, mass really - rather than
by volume.) Still, the capacity is generally reduced only in below-freezing
temperatures, this shouldn't happen in the summer.
The manual is a bit unclear but suggests that you should refuel at about
25%, which I map to when it changes from three blobs to two. This happened
yesterday on my car, and it took 36 litres (of the 45 capacity) to top it
off, so there were 9 litres left, or about 20%.
The supposed reason for this is that the fuel pump, which is in the tank, is
cooled by the liquid petrol surrounding it. In addition, sediments can build
up in the bottom of the tank and sucking it up isn't too good for the engine
even though it is filtered. (Anything getting caught by the fuel filter will
eventually cause it to clog and reduce fuel pressure, and the filter has to
be a compromise between trapping small enough particles and having good
enough fuel flow.)
For more than you ever wanted to know about the fuel system, see