Fueled up vehicle but the low fuel light comes on. Turn the vehicle off and press on the gas. Start back up, no problem. Also, if I put the vehicle in neutral the fuel hand slowly moves from empty up to full. Is this a problem that can be fixed by me (diyer) if not what kind of cost can I expect to incur?
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Gas smells come from leaks or the engine running too rich ( over fueled ). You need to inspect for any wetness/dampness around the fuel lines/rail and injectors if the smell appears from under the hood. If the engine is over fueled, a scan test can be performed to find out why. Sometimes oil leaks on/around the exhaust system can also give a fuel type smell. Have the vehicle checked for this also.
Does the fuel gage read any higher now that you put fuel in it? If so, It was probably out of gas like you suspected. However, running a vehicle out of gas is extremely ******* fuel pumps. If your fuel pump was worn, with a lot of miles, it is probably toast now.
check gauges means that the car senses something is not working properly, such as temp gauge reading to hot ,or oil pressure reading to low ,fuel to low, its to get your attention that something is wrong .
Your vehicle thinks it was stolen. That is a feature used when attempting to start it with the wrong key or no key. That feature does disable the fuel pump. By the way, pressing the gas is pointless on vehicles manufactured after about 1985, that only works on carburetted vehicles, yours is fuel injection and the computer determines how much fuel to put in while you crank it over...not your foot. A very nice hand held diagnostic computer that costs around $8,000-$10,000 is what they use to clear that. However, some vehicles can be reset without a computer. I don't know if yours is one or not. The Grand AM can be reset this way, leave the key in the ignition, turn it in the on position, close the door and walk away. Go watch a movie or something. Seriously, it takes quite a long time. After quite a long wait..2-3 hours go back out and pull the key out. Then try to start it. If it has not reset itself after 2 or 3 hours call a professional shop. Back yard bubba won't have the computer for this. Good luck!
listen for the fuel pump to engage when you turn the key would to the on position, not all the way to the start position. Have someone knListen above the gas tank in the trunk or below for the sound of a small Electric Motor starting up and running. If you do not hear this it is likely a fuse to your pump blown. If so there's probably are reason, likely the screen that filters the fuel before it goes to the pump may be clogged. The this is often from using dirty gas cans when trying to get that extra free gas from grocery store fueled points. The
Check the metal tabs on the gas cap they should be aligned with the little groves if there not the cap won't go on correctly or close all the way and you will get the engine light coming on. Happen to me and I used a pair of needle nose pliers to move the tabs back into place (wasnt easy) and then it worked fine...Hope this helps you.
P.S my cap got like that after I fueled the car and was in a hurry now I make sure everything lines up before I tighten it.
1. Gas mileage of your vehicle. If you get excellent gas mileage, 50 MPG +, you can go quite a way. But with a 98 GMC Jimmy, you're probably getting 19 MPG at the best.
2. How you drive your vehicle. The gas mileage means nothing if you are street racing and redlining your vehicle through every gear with the low fuel light on. You definitely won't make it very far like that!
3. The make and model of vehicle. There is no set national standard for when the low fuel light illuminates on a vehicle, so they vary greatly anywhere from half a gallon remaining to 2 gallons remaining. In newer vehicles, the ECU actually takes into account how you drive the vehicle and what speeds you typically go as to when to turn on the low fuel light.
For your specific application, I would say it comes on when you have roughly 1 to 2 gallons left which means that as long as you are driving in a fuel conserving manner you can probably make it about 30 miles or so before you'll be running on fumes. But that should be plenty of time to find a gas station right?!