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The fuel gauge shows 1/4 tank with 115 miles left until empty but the car stopped due to no fuel.

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Did you tap on the fuel tank to see if it has any fuel left in it or not? If the fuel tank is realy empty then the fuel gage needs to be replaced. If you feel that there is still about a 1/4 of a tank of fuel left in the tank after tapping on it then check the fuel pump to see if it is working or not, you should be able to hear the fuel pump run in the tank when the key is turned on.You could also have the fuel system pressure tested. If the fuel pump needs to be replaced that will also fix the fuel gauge problem because it is part of the fuel pump assembly. You should still have Warrenty left on this vehicle, do you not? Good Luck From Ernie @ RedDeer, Alberta, Canada.

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Bring it back to dealer and them recalibrate computer and fuel gauge. Someone missed that in new car prep

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