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There is a trick to reset all of the gauges in your PT Cruiser. There are three simple steps to reset them.
Step 1. Hold down the "Trip" button
Step 2. While holding onto the Trip button, turn the key and start the car. (This should make all the gauges and numbers reset and run a test)
Step 3. Release the trip button and the fuel gauge should work properly.
If not, there might be a problem with your fuel pump.
This is a frustrating problem. For many years I have had to change the way I keep track of fuel in my car that has a defective fuel sender in a tank that is very hard to remove.
I always fill up and use my trip odometer to keep track of miles driven. This process once it becomes part of your routine is very reliable. I use three hundred miles as my trigger to refill and reset the trip odometer.
You need to check the owners manual for tank size. I always check to confirm the residual at fill up. Works great
set trip odometer to zero,fill fuel tank,drive car until 1/2 tank and fill up again record your miles from trip odometer, divide this number by the gallons of gas you just filled car with and this will give you miles per gallon (MPG)
The average gas mileage of a 2001 venture is 20 mpg. 17 city and 24 highway. This is on a 6 cylinder 3.4 liter engine. Your tank capacity is 20 gallons. Depending how many miles you drive on your trip is how much you should fill up for one way.
Gas pump nozzles have a device in the end that when gasoline runs back up into it, it turns off the fuel flow."
There's a tiny hole near the bottom of the gas pump nozzle connected to a small tube.
Normally, air flows through that tube while you're filling and the gas keeps flowing as long as you hold down on the trigger. When that hole gets covered by gasoline (when your tank is full), a vacuum forms inside the nozzle and an automatic shutoff switch gets tripped, turning off the flow of gas with a thunk. Next time your fueling up try to reposition the nozzle.
I think that the fuel sending unit in the tank is broken or the wire from the unit is unhooked.to keep from running out of fuel. fill up the car and use the trip oddometer to calculate how many miles you can travel. that car has 12 to 15 gallon tank and should get 20 to 25 miles per galloni would think that start putting gas in about 250 to 300 miles. then reset trip odometer
If the gauge works on the rear tank but not the front, the problem is most likely the sending unit in the front tank. You will have to drop the tank to change it. I guess what I would do is, set your trip meter to zero when you fill the front tank. Then, run that tank to the point where the truck is starting to run out of gas and then switch to rear tank. Keep track of how far you can go on the front tank. Then when you refill the front tank reset the trip meter and switch tanks about 20 miles before you think it's going to run out. It's not a good idea to run those pumps dry. Just make sure you have gas in the rear tank. If you do decide to change the sending unit, run that front tank as empty as you can, also, I would change the pump too. In 92, I think the pump or the sending unit can be replaced seperately. The worst thing about changing those in tank fuel pumps is getting the gas out of the tank. No trip meter? Just write down the mileage from the odometer. Good luck.