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Well i can fill the gas tank up and barely drive and its on empty now whats the problem?

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This is caused by a defective gas gauge sending unit inside the gas tank, replace it.

Posted on May 14, 2010

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SOURCE: Fuel gauge registers empty after fill up

It sounds to me like you have a short in your wiring harness at you fuel tank. there is a plug on top of your fuel tank that controls you fuel pump and your sending unit that tells you how much fuel is in the tank. This plug can be a real p.i.a to get to on some vehicles, you may have to take the vehicle to a shop to fix it, if you are not mechanically inclined.

Posted on Mar 03, 2009

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SOURCE: fuel gage goes to zero and then to full while driving

Sounds like the sending unit is bad, which is in the gas tank.

Posted on Mar 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Filled up gas tank and gauge still shows empty. I

ethanol fuel effects the fuel sending unit ,even just 10% ethanol.New sending units from gm adress this.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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SOURCE: gas gauge shows empty after filling gas tank

The gauge circuit is shunted on most cars, this is wierd, but needed to stabilize the readings... Your description sounds like normal function. Drivers would complain if the qauge were to be instant, going around corners, starting, stopping, all move fuel, and the gauge would indicate this, cauing driver alarm...Been this way for ever, although yours sounds like it is on the far side of the scale...if it reads correctly after a while, you could replace everything and you would have the same performance.

Posted on Sep 07, 2009

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THERE IS A RESISTOR ON THE FUEL PUMP MODULE THAT IS GOING BAD YOU WILL NEED TO PULL THE TANK AND REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP MODULE

Posted on Oct 13, 2010

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