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Gas Gauge Stuck after FIll UP in Frigid Cold Weather

I filled up in the frigid cold and the hand has not moved. Could it be frozen? Do I need to take any steps to unthaw it?

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  • ar75 Jan 19, 2009

    I'm not sure what happened to the gas ($26.99) I put in. In actuality I used 1/4 tank and then the gauge read empty. I tried filling up again (two days later) and now it reads 3/4 tank. Something is truly wrong. Where do I turn? Must this be done by the dealer (Mazda)?



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The float may be stuck in the UP position. To try thawing it, refill the tank and park in a heated garage.
This is a picture of a typical float:
Gas Gauge Stuck after FIll UP in Frigid Cold Weath - ff69a6f.jpg If the gauge does not return to normal, the assembly must be replaced.

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    blueextc3221 Jan 19, 2009

    Is there a possibility someone is siphoning the gas? (just a thought)

    An inexpensive (10.00) locking cap would eliminate that as a possibility.

    If the float is damaged and/or needs replacement, any certified mechanic (insured) will be able to replace it for you. Not necessarily a dealer-only fix.

    Get a few estimates.



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