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2005 Nissan Pathfinder Gas guage malfunction

Gas guage never reads properly. It gets stuck on half then drops to empty without warning. Never reads full when it is full. I have run out of gas three times because of this. Is this a problem with the sending unit? Same problem here too. The first time was at 4000 miles, which the waranty covered. 36000 Miles later the same thing has happened again..though this time will cost $450 to fix. Any help would be very welcome.

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If you don't get offered a fix, this is a problem you can learn to live with.

Get used to filling the tank to the brim (that may not be so unusual in your part of the world - certainly is here, the way they tax fuel!) and resetting the trip counter on your dash every time you fill up.

For the first few times, fill up after a couple of hundred miles; note the amount of fuel it takes and the distance you've driven. Divide miles by gallons to get your average fuel consumption (average this over a few goes to get a reliable figure).

Find out from the user manual how much fuel the tank holds (if it gives several figures, the one you want is "useable" fuel). Multiply this capacity by the consumption you calculated earlier, and you'll get a very good estimate of the distance you can go before you run out.

Now all you need to do is to keep an eye on the trip counter, and remember to refuel every time you get to (say) 75% of your theoretical maximum distance.

This method has worked well for me over a number of vehicles, none with a particularly effective fuel gauge.

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