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My car is running out of fuel een though the fuel guage is showing ample fuel. replaced new sender but the problem persists

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If the gauge doesn't move when you fill up the tank then you need to replace the fuel gauge. If it is not that you could have a fuel pump problem or trash in the fuel and it is clogging up the injectors/carburetor depending on the year of the car.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016

Testimonial: "thank you very much. but to be more specific. the car does run out of fuel and when a gallon containerful is put in it will start easily the fuel is getting through and all being used but it will still show about a fifth of a tank. the guage works fine and shows after it has been refuelled."

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