Gas Gauge drops at 1/2 tank on 2005 Kia Sorento EX
I agree about putting in a complaint to Kia regarding a recall on the gas gauge issue. I too am suffering the same issue and my car is under 100,000 miles. What can we do to get this issue resolved under warranty? I'm tired of clocking my mileage and topping the gas tank.
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Hi. could be a number of things but a likely guess is the float on the in tank sender has sunk as it happened when you filled up. I don't know the sorento personally but often under the back seat there is a black plastic access panel to the fuel pump and sender assembly. under that will be the pump assembly with a 4 pin plug. 2 thick wires to the pump and two thin wires to the sender, If that's the case link out the two thin wires and the fuel gauge should go to the top with the ignition on. That will prove if its the fuel gauge sender. Jon
What I do is go by miles per gallon and fill the tank when I've driven enough for it to drop. As long as the odometer works it's all good. You can fix it if you want to go to the trouble. It's either a bad card in the tank module or a resistor fell off in the instrument panel.
Panels can be refluxed just like motherboards by tossing it in the oven for a few seconds. Tank modules have to be replaced.
i dont have a solution, but i have the exact same problem with my 2006 xterra. when i fill my tank, it appears as empty, then it takes a day or two for it to register as full. and not only that, ive ran out of gas twice because the gauge didnt register as empty, on the gauge it still registered as a quarter and 1/2!
I just fixed this problem last weekend in my 2005 Pathfinder. It's not the fuel sending unit itself, it's the fuel level sensor that is attached to the sending unit. I'm not a mechanic, but know a little about fixing vehicles and I did it myself in about 2 hours. The dealer may tell you they need to replace the whole fuel sender, but that is false. The sensor costs $80-90 from the dealer or from Courtesy Nissan in Texas. They will ship it to you. You don't need a "special nissan tool" to remove the sending unit, unless they call a hammer and screwdriver "special". It's a simple locking ring. You could probably have any shop do it for $100 labor if you supply the part. You can find instructions if you search Nissan forums. The Frontier has the same problem (since it's the same truck with a different body) so look in Frontier forums as well. Good luck!