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Gas gauge flys from quarter tank to way past full mark and sticks

1996 Beretta, 3.1 liter
Have had the following repairs in the past two months: new radiator, alternator, pads, shoes, cylinders, thermostat, starter.

Got the car back and was driving 65 on the freeway. Gas was at a little over a quarter tank. All of a sudden the gas gauge "flies" to over full mark and sits there then eventually comes back down to accurate level. When it did that, the Service engine soon light starts blinking and eventually that just stayed on. I continued to drive it to my destination and the service engine soon light started blinking again, the gas gauge is still flying and all of a sudden the car starts spitting and sputtering. I stopped at a gas station, put 5 bucks gas in it and stood there listening to it. It kept stuttering and spitting just idling and when I finished driving less than 2 miles to my destination it was stuttering the whole way there.

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This isn't a definite fix, but it may be that the gasoline in your tank is 'sloshing' forwards and backwards and your sensour is getting readings when the gasoline is in different positions in your tank. The connection is actually above your gasoline tank and you'll have to take off the tank harnesses and drop the tank if you want to check to see if the connection became slightly loose, otherwise you can just fill your gas tank and reset your temporary milage gage (that's the little black button near your RPM meter) and remember how many miles you get per tank.

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