My Gas Gauge Reads Empty When It Is Full Of Fuel

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  1. Anonymous says:

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

  2. Rebecca Dailey says:

    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. Evette says:

    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

  4. Allyson says:

    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.

  5. Mr. WEBB says:

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

  6. Zack says:

    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 says:

      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.

  7. P.Taylor says:

    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. Anonymous says:

    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?

  9. Eve says:

    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 ?

  10. rosa says:

    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

  11. carl says:

    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?

  12. bonni says:

    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

  13. karie bocanegra says:

    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?

  14. frank says:

    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

  15. melissa says:

    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.

  16. pollar says:

    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

  17. jen says:

    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…

  18. Jordan says:

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

  19. Karl Bagley says:

    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

  20. Jose says:

    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?

    • Danny says:

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

  21. Mike says:

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

  22. Tom McCall says:

    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

  23. Jacob says:

    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

  24. john y says:

    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.

  25. Miami says:

    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

  26. Mike says:

    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.

  27. Jorge Leyva says:

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

  28. Joey says:

    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

  29. Nicole says:

    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???

  30. jason says:

    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

  31. Anonymous says:

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

  32. Jan says:

    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.

  33. John says:

    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.

  34. Denvor says:

    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

  35. kara says:

    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 .

  36. Kathy says:

    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?

  37. scott says:

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

  38. Kris says:

    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?

  39. Anonymous says:

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

  40. Terri says:

    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.

  41. Bruce says:

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

    • Rick says:

      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.

  42. Nick says:

    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.

  43. doug says:

    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?

  44. Rascogins says:

    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.