# Gas Light comes on

For how long can I drive after my gas light comes on?
What are the ways to find out, how many miles I can drive after my gas light comes on?

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Hi,

To my knowledge, fuel indicator light in a Toyota Corolla would come on if the tank has about 6 liters left (reserve). Depending on your driving style, A/T or conventional transmission, engine and vehicle condition terrain, road, traffic and weather conditions this would translate to a probable maximum of 80 kms or even less.

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Hi,

The amount of mile that you can drive after your gas light comes on differs from car to car. Most cars have around 2 gallons in the reserve tank. Generally you should be able to go 50 miles after the gas light comes on, but that's pushing it. Of course sometimes you can go much more, but that depends on the type of driving you are doing (city or highway, is it a flat road & the condition of your car).

Sediments sink to the bottom of the gas tank & I don't like the thought that these get sucked into my engine, I think you would like to avoid as much as possible replacing your cars engine.

Calculate the size of your reserve tank

2) The moment your light comes on, fill the tank to the very top, now subtract the number of gallons you filled from the size of your gas tank, and you have the size of your reserve tank.

If you like adventures, and you know your car mpg, the moment the light comes on, bring your trip meter to zero, & drive the car till it comes to a stop. Now you know both the estimated miles you can go on your reserve tank & you can calculate its size. Make sure you have a can of gas in your trunk, to fill up after the car stops. This is the least recommended solution.

I don't recommend pushing it beyond 50 miles after the gas light comes on.

All the best.

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If you stick your finger in the gas tank and wiggle it around, it will trick the car sensors into thinking there is more gas and you can drive for a 100 miles. Hope this helps

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I'm driving Toyota Corolla 2005 and sometime even went as far as 100 KMs after the red light - so all these genius who's firing the shot in air - pls. do not comment if you're not aware of or haven't exp. the issue...

Posted on Mar 05, 2010

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it sounds like your oil pump or your oil pick up might be blocked.
Try running an engine oil flush and changing your oil

Posted on May 23, 2008

you have to take it to a auto part store and they can tell you if there are any problems using a key code and then reset it

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Posted on Jul 21, 2009

Sounds like the sending unit is shot, which is in the gas tank.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009

Scanning for fault codes; "check light" is one waringn.

Tell us what code fault have there.

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