My Gas Gauge Reads Empty When It Is Full Of Fuel

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Willie fontaine
5 days 21 hours ago

I’ve got a 1999 Pontiac sunfire as my gas gets run down my gas gauge goes down but it stops at half a tank then starts to go back to full as I run more and more gas out what would cause this the same fingers ?

3 days 4 hours ago

Yes, the fuel level sensor is bad on your car. The resistor can burn up anywhere on the sensor or the fingers are corroded.

7 days 17 hours ago
This has fixed 4 different cars in the past for me. Go to your local auto parts store. Purchase a bottle of either Redline SI-1, Techron COMPLETE fuel system cleaner (NOT INJECTOR CLEANER, MUST BE COMPLETE SYSTEM) or bottle of Gumout REGANE. The ingredient you are looking for is PEA. PEA is what cleans the system. If it doesn’t have PEA , which most do not, IT WON’T do anything. The 3 products I mentioned contain PEA, are proven to work and readily available at local auto part stores, walmart, etc. The exception is Redline SI-1, the only local place that sometimes carries it is Orielly’s, the other stores do not. Amazon has it too. Here’s my method that worked on 4 different vehicles. Cars and trucks. I buy 2 bottles of said treatment. I allow vehicle to get down on fuel as low as I can. I pull up to gas pump, I dump entire bottle into tank (doesn’t matter if its 12 gallon capacity, 26 gallon capacity or 40+ gallon capacity). I then put 4 gallons of PREMIUM fuel in tank. Drive around until near empty then repeat process with second bottle. On third fill up, I fill it full with Premium fuel and problem is resolved. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with Chevron gas stations, THIS is the fuel to use. Chevron adds the same additive in their fuel as what comes in the bottle. I’d be willing to bet that anyone who uses Chevron exclusively doesn’t have fuel gauge problems or at least much more rare. Since Chevron is not available to me, I use BP or Shell. If this fixes the problem, put a bottle in the tank every couple months to keep it clean. Another good thing to do is… Read more »
26 days 8 hours ago

Thank you very much, your information help me to find out where the problem is!!!!!

2 months 4 days ago

I have a 2002 blazer with a stuck gas gauge.could it be a bad ground?

Linda Townson
2 months 22 days ago

Where is the fuel sensor level gauge located on 2007 Chet Malibu. Gas gauge woks when it wants just not often

1 month 24 days ago

The fuel level sensor in your Chevy Malibu is located inside the fuel tank on the fuel pump.

2 months 29 days ago

Thank you so much for the clear explanation of how the gas gauge works. My gauge suddenly stuck on the near empty mark on my 1993 Nissan Sentra when I filled it and I was told I needed a new fuel pump!

3 months 4 days ago

I have a 1999 Buick lesabre I have had bout 6 months. Have never filled it up until yesterday and today hen I did…the gas gauge moved back to the empty mark. Does Anyone know why?

3 months 16 days ago

I am told from research it may be a faulty slosh sensor on 1992 plymouth voyager

Rebecca Dailey
3 months 18 days ago

My daughter has a 2015 Chevy Cruze.
This was a wreck that we fixed back for her.
The gas gage has not worked accurate for a couple months. Now it’s showing empty all the time. Has no lights or codes. The gage is just staying around the E.
What could cause this?

3 months 27 days ago

I have a 2006 Chevy Uplander. I just put almost a full tank of gas the hand went to empty and said low fuel. Can I continue to drive it till Saturday will it be OK or should I take it to my mechanic asap please respond thank you very much

2 months 8 days ago

Did you ever get your problem resolved if so how ?

4 months 13 days ago

My 2006 Chevy Cobalt LT says that there is NO FUEL but when I went to fill it up, the pump quit at 3 gallons because it was FULL. Not sure what way to go about this without paying an arm and a leg.

6 months 4 days ago

Where can I get this fuel gauge fix for a Cadillac 2002 SUV, in North County, Missouri 63033

6 months 20 days ago

Hey man I have a 1998 isuzu rodeo 2.2l 4clyinder and my gas gauge stays on empty all the time we have change the cluster 5 times and the sending unit(which has the fuel pump all in 1) about 2 times me and my dad can’t figure out why it does

Mechanic Joe
4 months 13 days ago

If the problem is not in the sending unit in the gas tank, or the dash, then you have a wiring problem somewhere between the two.

8 months 23 days ago

I have a 2002 Nissan Altima,I never had this problem but when I started my car my gas light was on and says empty but I had just fill my car up an hour ago. Could you please tell me what is it that cause it.

8 months 23 days ago

My fuel guage on my 05 2500 dodge ram stays at a quarter tank and wont go down. But when i put gas it goes up! Anyone know why?

8 months 27 days ago

I have Jaguar 1995 XJ6 and the Gas Gauge shows empty even if the car is full of gas. How to fix it and how much ?

9 months 12 days ago

Hi th ere can anybody help me I have a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville and my gas gauge its off I noticed my car is sputtering like it wants to choke when I give it gas it runs but it wont go more than 30 miles per hour my light just came on saying to check gauges can anybody help me what could be the cause of my car not running

4 months 10 days ago

Check your mass air flow sensor

10 months 1 day ago

I have got a 2005 Ford F 250 diesel my fuel light came on and the dash says I am low on fuel my fuel gauge went from full to empty this happened about 3 or 4 times within a hundred eighty miles my truck is only got 80 thousand altogether kind of low hahaha I stopped and filled up to make sure that the tank was full and now my gauge only says I have a little over three quarters of a tank. What in the heck is wrong with that now?

10 months 15 days ago

I have a ford f250 v10 2003 I have replace the fuel pump twice now and each time same thing, it only reads 3/4 full

karie bocanegra
10 months 16 days ago

I recently purchased a 2003 chevy blazer and the gas gauge is constantly going from empty to full as I am driving. We went on a camping trip this weekend and the service engine soon light came on so I went to auto zone and had them check it and it come up with the code p0442. Can someone tell me what the problem could be since it has the code and the fuel gauge problem?

11 months 15 hours ago

hi ! I have a 1981 delorean the gas gauge on my dash board don’t work it shows that is allways on empty I need help thanks

11 months 20 days ago

i have a 04 malibu. the check engine light says po442. i took it to a repair shop they pumped smoke through system and told me i have a bad vent valve. also the gas gage is flipping from full to empty all the time. is this two problems or can this be fixed by one part being replaced and which one or ones is it? i would rather do this myself if possible. the repair shop already charged an arm and a leg and gave me very little info.

1 year 6 days ago

Hi I have a 2001 acura MDX the gas light is on and my tank is full and the gas gauge do not move can you tell me what mite the problem be and if you know how much it would cost to be repaired because I know the dealership is going to over charge me

1 year 10 days ago

I have a 94 crown Victoria and I have a Digital meter it is always reading less then what I put in NY tank what can that be…

1 year 13 days ago

What is the code for the fuel level sensor on an 2002 YukonXL

Karl Bagley
1 year 22 days ago

I have 83 F150 put in a new fuel sender and when I fill it up it reads full then after 1 hour it reads half then a little while later it reads empty

1 year 11 days ago

It is either the wrong sensor or you have a poor electrical connector.

1 year 24 days ago

i took my traverse to the dealer cause gas gauge was acting erratic, the technician said the interior dividers of the tank are broken creating that issue.
is that correct?

1 year 11 days ago

Yes, I have seen this several times. The baffles inside the tank get loose and stop the float of the sensor from moving properly.

1 year 28 days ago

I have a 2006 dodge dakota with a 4.7. It has a slight hesitation on acceleration

Tom McCall
1 year 1 month ago

my 2008 chevy silverado 3500HD diesel fuel gauge started showing empty when it was 1/2 full the low fuel light is on and the DIC says low fuel ? is the problem the gauge or the fuel level sensor, How could I check out the right problem and the fix

1 year 1 month ago

I have a 1988 ford f150 and the truck will be out of gas and the gauge will say empty then I can put in like 5 gallons and it will go to full

john y
1 year 1 month ago

I have a 1998 ford f-150 pickup 4.6 liter engine that even with 3/4 tank of gas I will get a low fuel lite and engine wont start. I will wait 20 minuets or so and move the truck by hand 6 feet or(I guess slosh the gas) and it will start. happened recently after finally starting drove 45 miles home without putting any more gas in it. ???? do not have a clue.

1 year 1 month ago

I have a 07 chevy cobalt my gas gauge has been jumping from full to empty on its own and the steering wheel locks for this has been going on for awhile I took the car to a dealership they claim they fixed the problem and they had to replace the serpentine belt spent $450. Now a few weeks later still the same problem. I take it to a service center he tells me its a computer issue spend $300 a couple weeks later samething. Now he’s telling me its the transmission control module. I am so confused I don’t know who to trust Please help

1 year 2 months ago

I have a 2013 Chevy Suburban 3/4 ton, and ever since I purchased it and I take it on a long trip (800 plus miles in a day) at some point during the drive the fuel gauge will fall to empty. It has happened on every long trip. It eventually comes back, sometimes it might take two days. I have had it back to the dealer and they say that they can’t find the problem. Of course every time I bring it in the gauge is reading properly. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Jorge Leyva
1 year 2 months ago

I just changed the full pump and the needle gauge dont work and the light for gas it’s on.

1 year 3 months ago

i have a 1997 ford Taurus my gas gauge read empty too but i was wondering could it be some thing else too or is that the problem

1 year 3 months ago

I have replaced the fuel pump in my 2006 F150 twice having the same problem because when I put gas in my truck the gas gauge reads empty and my fuel light comes on but my tank is full. It stays this way until I crank or drive my truck about six or seven times and then the gauge will go to full and work regularly. Why does this keep happening???

1 year 3 months ago

My gas gas since I got it says empty even after I put gas in it and when I turn the car off it always say over a quarter of a tank on my 1997 Chevy 4×4 blazer

1 year 3 months ago

my fuel pump was replaced now my gas hand want read any idea about the problem

1 year 4 months ago

I bought a new Toyota Corolla LE Plus (2015) and the
cruising range and gas gauge needle are way off. A quick
descent from Full to 1/2 Full,
and then it seems to level
off a bit. The only reliable indicator is the odometer
which is also a bit screwy at times. The dealership claims that the new ones are all like that, and that it is
a computer programming design error which cannot be altered. I want a new vehicle!! (swap it out). Has anyone
else run up against this problem IN A NEW TOYOTA? What are
my options? Lemon Law saus it’s hard to prove gas mileage.

1 year 5 months ago

Are there any type of sensor that would be located on or above the gas tank on a 2003 gmc yukon that would cause a check engine light to come on and would require the tank to be removed to get to the sensor. I was told my map sensor was bad and the gas tank had to be lowered. Pretty sure the map sensor is on the engine. Did the mechanic just say the wrong sensor is he trying to rip me off.

1 year 7 months ago

I have a Ford Fiesta 2005 model and my gauge read empty but the tank is full i have replace the fuel pump and replace the cluster but still shows empty can it be that there might be something other than that can be faulty what can i check next,this is so frustrating please help

1 year 8 months ago

i have a saturn vue 2003 the gas gage is on e i fill it up and its still says E. i took it to get fixed he said both of the fuel pumps are fine and the sensors on it are good. could this be the fuel level sensor that makes the needle move that need to be replaced .

1 year 9 months ago

I have a 2001 Lincoln Town Car. Everything was working fine until I filled it with gas today and the guage stayed right where it was before I put 13 gallons in it. Would a fuse go out to cause this problem?

1 year 9 months ago

I have a 2005 Pontiac sunfire fuel gauge is all over the dash any clues whats causing this ?

1 year 9 months ago

I drive a 78 Jaguar XJ6, I accidentally left one of my fuel caps open after leaving the pump and drove on the highway at 100kms for about 15clicks before realizing and pulling over. After this happened the fuel gauge stopped working and sits at “E.” Its never done this before and the car is well maintained. The jag has two gas tanks which can be switched using a button on the instrument panel, even when the tanks are switched the gauge still reads Empty even when full. Got any ideas?

2 years 5 months ago

because it wasn’t running no noise when I turned key on checked all my fuses and there good

2 years 5 months ago

i have a 2002 Saturn sl100 series and my security light is on and my fuel guage reads empty but before this problem started I got gas and on the way home my battery died and I got a jump start when I reached my house the car was puttering like it wanted to cut off I figured it was due to the battery dying so I shut it off myself ever since haven’t been able to start it back up it turns over just wont start. replaced the fuel pump because it was running but when I tested the old one it also still worked. I did the relearn for my security and my light went off but sill nothing on the gas guage.

2 years 10 months ago

Replaced fuel sending assembly on 04 Bonneville and gas gauge reads full until tank is 3/4 empty then gas gauge starts to move.

2 years 9 months ago

If this is the same problem as before replacement, you have a corroded wire to the sender. If this is a new problem, you got the wrong or a faulty sender.

3 years 5 months ago

I realize this is an older article, but I have an older vehicle. A 97 gmc safari van to be exact. The gas guage reads empty when the van is on, and sometimes above empty (a little less than 1/4) when it’s turned off. As you noted the common problem with the sender it was my first guess that the fuel sending unit was bad as well. 3 hours of labor later, and around $300 bucks for the new pump/sending unit, I find the same problem still exists. Not really sure where to go from here. Instrument Panel? I read a post where the motors on the IPC can go bad. I’ve also heard talk about ground wires. I dont know where to go though.

1 year 7 months ago

did you ever resolve this problem? i am having the same problem with my 1998 gmc k1500

3 years 5 months ago

I would check the wiring before replacing the instrument panel.

3 years 5 months ago

I have a 2003 grand prix. when it is in park the fuel gauge reads full and when yo put it in gear it will read empty and the fuel light will come on. Any ideas on what would cause this?

3 years 5 months ago

Most common problem is the fuel level sensor in the gas tank.

3 years 5 months ago

I did take your advice and ended up replacing the fuel sensor and now the fuel gauge works great………….Thanks for the help

3 years 8 months ago

If my fuel level sensor is bad, but my tank is full, would my vehicle think it is out of gas and stall?

Answer: No. But if the sensor is bad, and your are out of gas it will.