My Gas Gauge Reads Empty When It Is Full Of Fuel

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.
    Thanks
    Mike

  6. Jorge Leyva says:

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

  7. 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

  8. 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???

  9. 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

  10. Anonymous says:

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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 .

  15. 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?

  16. scott says:

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

  17. 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?

  18. Anonymous says:

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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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.