I have a 97 dodge Dakota 5.2 v8 318 slt does anyone know how big the gas tank is for this

Asked by Jul 25, 2016 at 01:53 PM about the 1997 Dodge Dakota 2 Dr SLT 4WD Extended Cab SB

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According to http://www.cars.com/dodge/dakota/1997/standard-equipment/, the standard capacity was 15 gallons but there was an optional 22 gallon tank. Try refilling it at exactly a half-tank, it should take about 7-8 gallons for the 15 gal tank or 10-12 gallons for the 22 gal tank. Having said that, don't routinely go below 1/4 tank, because the fuel pump is at the bottom of the tank and relies on the fuel as a heat sink. If you run too near empty, the pump runs hot and it shortens the life.

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