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Fuel gauge registers empty after fill up

I filled up at the local gas station yesterday and noticed the gas gauge hung around 1/4 tank after complete fill up. This morning it is stuck on empty.Help!

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  • Anonymous Mar 09, 2009

    Mine has been doing this for over a year now. After a while the needle will begin to go up to Full. Mine usually sticks at what ever the amount is when I fill up. If I add any xtra gas to the tank after the nozzle clicks, the thing will drop below E and the light will come on. After a day or so, it will show the actual amount in the tank and will reduce fine. (imagine that) :)

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It sounds to me like you have a short in your wiring harness at you fuel tank. there is a plug on top of your fuel tank that controls you fuel pump and your sending unit that tells you how much fuel is in the tank. This plug can be a real p.i.a to get to on some vehicles, you may have to take the vehicle to a shop to fix it, if you are not mechanically inclined.

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