To the best of my research efforts, it appears that the tank capacity is 79
liters or just about 21 gallons on the '98 Explorer. Since filling my tank
from a point where the gas gauge reads "E", the most I've ever been able to
put in was 16 gallons. Is there really 5 gallons left in the tank when the
gauge is on E? Is it possible that I have a smaller tank than the 21 gallons
that my online research seems to turn up?
I'm making a long trip soon, and trying to determine how many miles I can
expect to travel on a tankful of gas and how many refueling stops needed.
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Is yours a 2 door or 4 door Explorer?
Fuel capacity for the 2 door is only 17.3 gallons. The 4 door is 20.8
I've never owned a Ford (or any other brand) where I couldn't get in at
least as much gas in the tank as the advertised capacity when I ran the tank
down to "E."
You may have a bad sending unit, a bad fuel gauge, or a bad voltage
regulator. Does the temperature gauge indicate cooler than you think it
If you really need to know haw far you can go, fill up a five gallon gas jug
and drive the car till you run out. Then add the five gallons and fill up
the vehicle at the next station to figure your actual capacity. However, I
doubt that you have a smaller than advertised tank.
The fuel pump is in the gas tank and the gas surrounding the pump cools it.
Running out of gas usually causes the pump to fail. Ford doesn't want you
to use the last few gallons in the tank saving you the expense of replacing
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