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My gas gauge fluctuates

I filled my tank up last week in my 2001 chevy silverado and i noticed that we have gone 150 miles and it is still sayin it has 3/4 of i tank which i dont think thats right cuz when it reaches about 300 miles it is almost empty. Any help will help me alot thanks

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The fuel pump and sending unit are one piece and are located inside the fuel tank. They are notorious for trouble and when one goes out, the other follows.

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