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1996 Chevy Cavalier - Car sputtering when gas low 1/4 tank

My car starts sputtering when I have 1/4 tank or less. This has been happening since I reached 120,000 miles, so I guess I shouldn't complain - just keep the gas tank 1/2 full? Was wondering why this might be happening though.

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If you can fill up at the gas station with 11 or so gallons when this happens, your fuel gauge is just reading incorrectly. (assuming you have a 12 gallon tank on the car) I read something about the sensor inside the tank becomes fouled. My 97' Cavalier will run out of gas before it hits "E".

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