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When tank is full, gas guage does not register full when car is turned on. It takes a long time to return to the fuul mark

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Your sending fuel sensor is going bad

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When my fuel tank is full the guage registers empty


Could be a problem with the gauge in the instrument cluster, or the wiring that goes back to the tank, or the sending unit in the tank.
The sending unit has a float much like your toilet which could stick or fail to move.

Jan 24, 2013 | 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan

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WHEN FUEL GUAGE REACHES HALF WAY THE NEEDLE WILL DROP TO EMPTY. TRY TO PUT GAS IN AND MAYBE GET 5 GAL IN AND THE NOZZLE CLICKS OFF. IT WILL SHOW 3/4 TANK THEN. I KNOW IT SHOULD TAKE MORE WITH THE MILES I...


from what you are describing you have two(2) different problems
1- the wacky gauge- its acting like a grounding issue- wires are crushed/smashed on tank connector
2- not filling - venting issue- vent line to top of tank pinched
3 solution- run tank down to 1/4 or less and DROP tank down to inspect wires and hoses- sounds like at some point in time the tank took a hit and wedged itself upwards against the underside,pinched the vent line so there is too much pressure in tank and also crushing the wires/plug causing the erratic readings(worse with less weight as the tank moves more)
if unsure of how to do this- you can get a manual such as a HAYES book at auto parts story- good luck

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My 2009 Tiguan's fuel gage will go from 1/2 a tank to the fuel light coming on. When I fill the tank it will only accept about 1/2 its feul capacity and the gage returns to half full. Sometimes the next...


I have been having this same problem since about 6 months into owning the car... I have had it back to the dealership around 5 times including having the fuel guage replaced which fixed the problem for only a few months until it went back to this half full situation... I believe the tank is actually full and wonder what would happen if I just ran it past the empty warning... would the car stop? I just had it back at the dealer and they said they reset the equipment and on the way home I filled the tank and guess what? yes half full! so it is booked in again for next week... I agree it is annoying not to mention the having to fill the tank twice as often... would love to know if you had a resolution...

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2001 cadillac eldorado, gas guage goes to full


to test if its the float in the gas tank, use a rubber hamer and hits 2-3 times than check guage. If the level is still wrong its the guage.

Mar 22, 2010 | 2001 Cadillac Eldorado

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Tere will be a dead short to earth between the tank and the gauge unit

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1999 Pontiac Grand Am Fuel Problems


The gas guage has a sending unit in the tank attached to the pump, there is a small circuit board on it that has smal"fingers" that send the signal to the guage.These get worn off and thus sends a false reading to the gas guage in the dash. The gas tank must be removed and a new unit put in to solve the problem. I had to do this repair to mine. As for the gas issue, just try pulling the nozzle back out of the filler neck when putting gas in, sometimes the overflow tube gets plugged up and won't allow the air to escape as the gas goes in the tank, making the gas pump think the car is full, pulling the nozzle will allow the air to escape. Hope this helps.

Mar 08, 2009 | 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT

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Fuel Guage registering improperly!


remove float assembly and reposition it facing the oposite direction. Sometimes the float installation positioning makes a difference on how the fuel gage reads.

Feb 25, 2009 | 1995 Chevrolet S-10 CA Edition

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Fuel guage-1991 ford aerostar


2 things.
There is a sensor that goes from the dash to the fuel pump. If it is disconnected, dirty, or faulty, then thats an easy fix.
There is also a float in the gas tank itself. From what Ive been told after time, or going over big speed bumps, etc, that the float just simply doesnt float or register.
Mine actually shows I have a full tank or im empty at all times. No in between.

Feb 24, 2009 | 2001 Ford F250 Super Duty Super Cab

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If you remove the sending unit in the gas tank, move it manually by hand as u saw done earlier, the gauge on the dash should also move. As long as the sending unit in the tank isn't 'stuck' at the half full level, the gauge should register empty to full as it moves. To be honest, I'm not sure if I would bother taking the sending unit out. 1st, u must be very careful not to blow yourself up when working on the gas tank (no sparks, etc), all u really need to do is fill up your car, see how many miles a tank of gas will go (carry a can of gas with u to see how many miles before u run out). If it's 350 miles, just set the trip gauge to zero every time u fill up, and get gas every 300 miles so u don't run out. If the sending unit moves freely, everything (wiring ) is connected properly, then it probably is the fuel gauge. good luck!

Oct 18, 2008 | 1992 Honda Accord

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