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Fuel Tanks

I just got a 97 F250 ext cab and am trying to figure out the size of the front and rear fuel tanks for mileage purposes. Does anyone know?
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Should be 19 gallons up front and 18 in the rear. But you don't need this to figure out milage.

It should be listed in the owners manual too

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What bed? Front - long bed 19 gallons, short bed 16 gallons. Rear - 19 gallons.

Of course, none of this is relevant to mileage.
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Its a shortbed. Thanks!
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What bed? Front - long bed 19 gallons, short bed 16 gallons. Rear - 19 gallons.

Of course, none of this is relevant to mileage.
Really 19 in both for 38 total in a long bed? I ran my front tank pretty low (gauge wise) yesterday. I was sweating it for a min. Put just over 15 gal in the front. Guess I had more wiggle room

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Really 19 in both for 38 total in a long bed? I ran my front tank pretty low (gauge wise) yesterday. I was sweating it for a min. Put just over 15 gal in the front. Guess I had more wiggle room
If you ever like to run either tank that low, make SURE you have about 1/2 tank in the other tank. Common problem - the strainer on the pickup (aka "showerhead") cracks or falls off, and the pickup can't pick up any fuel below about 1/4 tank. So at about that ^^^^ level, the truck starts to die from no fuel. You have to switch tanks RIGHT away.
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If you ever like to run either tank that low, make SURE you have about 1/2 tank in the other tank. Common problem - the strainer on the pickup (aka "showerhead") cracks or falls off, and the pickup can't pick up any fuel below about 1/4 tank. So at about that ^^^^ level, the truck starts to die from no fuel. You have to switch tanks RIGHT away.
Wonder if that's what's up with my rear tank. Just below 1/4 tank is EMPTY. I know because my 2 year old swapped tanks playing in my truck. Next morning I thought I was on the front and started sputtering.

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Just below 1/4 tank is EMPTY.
Depends on what happens when you fill up. If it takes pretty close to 19 gallons when this happens, then you're drawing all the fuel, and your gauge is just inaccurate. If you only get, say, 13-14 gallons in, then it's prob. the pickup.
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my 2 year old swapped tanks playing in my truck.
Lucky that's all he did. My high school physics teacher told a story about his 2YO. Leaving the house, dad forgot something, left the car running in Park in the driveway and ran into the house. Kid climbed over the seat, pulled the shifter (column) down into Drive, car plowed THROUGH the garage door and car finally came to rest after poking halfway through the back wall of the garage. This was the '70s, before BTSI.
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I went to fill my front tank the other day after winging it pretty low for a while, stuffed 19.3 gallons in the front, and 17.6 in the rear, guess I was about out

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Is there any fixes for the pick ups in the tank?
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