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05-09-2003, 01:46 PM
Just wondering if anyone else has had a problem with their fuel level sensor going bad. I found a TSB on the problem, which says it is the "result of the corrosive effect of certain fuel blends on the contact surfaces of the fuel tank sensor." I discovered I had a problem when mine left me stranded two weeks ago. The gauge showed 1/8 tank, but the odometer showed 351 miles - about 50 miles more than I normally get out of a tank. If you've had yours fixed, what did it cost for parts/labor? I've heard a couple of different prices from dealers and don't know who to believe.

05-09-2003, 09:21 PM
had ours fixed/replaced twice under warranty, so i have no idea how much it would be. failed early at somewhere around 8k miles, then again around 25k miles??? the tsb they used supposedly calls for an upgraded part.


05-09-2003, 09:39 PM
I got quoted $300 from a dealer and $225 from a local independent.

Best deal of all is just to have a buddy who works on 'em for a living. They'll do it for pizza and a Coke.

05-12-2003, 06:01 AM
I think for now I'm going to watch the trip odometer. Hopefully I can convince my brother to fix it and pay him with beer. :thumbs:

06-02-2003, 02:34 PM
Had same problem with my 2001. About 5 months after having the car from new, the fuel sensor went on it. Yep, I was stranded and pretty bitter. All is well with car and it's been running good for a while now.

06-03-2003, 04:33 AM
Mine started going to crap at 40000 or so miles. The weird thing is that since then it will read correctly at a full tank and stay accurate until a half tank. After a half tank it starts going back up towards full. When it gets low it will usually bounce down to the empty point, set off the little light, then float back to full again. I'm kind of proud that in over 40,000 miles since I've run out of gas only twice. While working in delivery too(doh!!!):D

06-03-2003, 09:28 AM
That's funny, because mine acted weird like that for a while, but is almost reading accurately now. I usually fill it up at about 280 miles and the gauge is reading 1/8 - 1/4 of a tank. The most gas I've been able to stuff in it is 10 gallons. I don't trust it at all, but at least the gauge isn't bouncing all over the place like yours now. A girl a work has an Alero that did the same thing. When they took it to the dealer, they were told that there's a recall on it, but the car was still under warranty. Everybody I've talked to says it's just a TSB issue, not a recall.

06-03-2003, 08:18 PM
I had told the dealer about it, also mentioning that I am well out of warranty(83,000 miles). His answer was that they could replace the gas tank for whatever hundred $$$ and that should take care of it!!!! I am always surprised that in several different complaints I've had regarding my car, not once did the dealer mention a TSB on things. I have always found out through my other independent (real)mechanic or on this forum. No wonder people feel that American car companies suck and switch to buying foreign cars. Man I love my car, I just wish a dealer who should know about things with it would give some respect to that fact*offtopic* I have seen so many people who have good GM dealers, I just wish I could get half the help and service they do.

06-04-2003, 06:09 AM
I agree completely. I've also found that a lot of times it depends on who the service manager is at the dealership. There used to be a total jerk at mine who tried to argue with me every time I brought mine in to have it fixed under warranty. Since he's been gone, their service has improved tremendously. I was having the same brake problems as everybody else and he tried to tell me the grinding was due to my "big, open 16" wheels that allow water to get to the rotors." I told him it was funny that this was my third GM car with big, open 16" wheels and none of them had brake problems. After that he quit arguing with me. :rage:

06-04-2003, 10:09 AM
There was a TV report this morning about the same problem occuring on Pontiac Sunfires. A GM spokesman came on and said that there had been over 100 reports of this in the last couple of weeks. Funny in that the majority of the problems were reported here in Southern Ontario. Apparently GM is issuing a TSB on this, not a recall at this point.

06-04-2003, 11:37 AM
TSBs are inside information from GM to the dealers. They're not supposed to discuss TSBs with clients. it's the same for all manufacturers, domestic or import.

Mike Jung
06-06-2003, 10:57 PM
Originally posted by cmoore
There was a TV report this morning about the same problem occuring on Pontiac Sunfires. A GM spokesman came on and said that there had been over 100 reports of this in the last couple of weeks. Funny in that the majority of the problems were reported here in Southern Ontario. Apparently GM is issuing a TSB on this, not a recall at this point.
Yeah, I heard about it on the radio earlier in the week; was looking for a news article to post a link, but could not find any.

The radio said it effected broad range of GM vehicles year 2000 & up.
They said dealers were getting calls for this 200+ times a week or about 12 cars per day for warranty work approval.
It seems to be happening to people more often right now, & GM has noticed more warranty claims because of it.

They gave an example: using a Pontiac Sunfire that happened to a woman, who ran out of gas because her gas gauge said she still had 1/2 tank left.
Some tow truck driver's have noticed more complaints of motorist running out of gas with GM vehicles lately.

So the symtoms are you run out of gas while the gas gauge shows 1/4 to 1/2 tank left.

I know, I reset the trip counter mileage at every gas fill-up (to figure out my mileage vs gas used).
It might be a good idea for others to watch there mileage since last gas fill-up.

GM has now issued a 'new' TSB to the dealers because of the high incidents of gas gauge levels not working properly.

06-09-2003, 07:21 AM
My neighbour has a 2002 Malibu and it has gone into the dealer for the fuel level sensor. Her tank was reading anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 a tank after a complete fillup.

Mike Jung
06-13-2003, 05:02 PM
Finally the story made it's way into the newspapers.

Empty tanks baffle
GM blames gas for faulty fuel readings in cars Auto maker, oil firms work to solve sticky gauges (http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=e6bd0e89972baf6d&pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1052251811024)

Change of gas solved problem (http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1052251825046)

Avoid fuels until issue is resolved (http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1052251825043)

How long must customers keep track of mileage? (http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1052251825034)

For me using a 'cleaner' worked :)
see my post in thread: Low fuel light (http://www.grandamgt.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=15236&highlight=gas)

Mike Jung
06-14-2003, 11:45 AM
Also see Molson's post in thread: Petro-Canada and GM's Fuel war.. (http://www.grandamgt.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=16620)

06-14-2003, 01:33 PM
I would just like to let everybody know that I have ran out of gas too and I don't use Shell or Petro. I actually use Sunoco.

My younger brother who has a 2002 Sunfire had the samething and he only uses Esso.

Correct me if I am wrong, but it can't be the gas!!:D

06-15-2003, 06:54 PM
Well it seems that GM is trying to solve the problem but only on the late model vehicles.

Come on now what about us!!!!!!

06-16-2003, 07:50 AM
Hello everyone

Don't let the dealer skrew you on this problem.
I have a 2000 Grand Am GT.

I never experienced this problem, but I recieved a recall notice in the mail only a few months after I bought my car. I had it fixed right away.

06-16-2003, 01:06 PM
Mine is a 2000 GT1 and yup same thing ... but I haven't heard anything about a recall ... but i have heard that it will cost 400$ or so on mine, even with an extended warranty.

If anyone has info on a recall, please please please POST IT!

06-16-2003, 01:23 PM
Alright here is some info, I hope this helps. I don't have the recall paper because the dealership kept it, but here is the info from my work order.

Maybe that 00101 number code means the recall
By the way, Sorry for the french, I live in Montreal;)

B (MA) 00101 Indications Irregulieres De L'Indicateur De Carburant
Cause: Indicateur Essence Irregulier
V0626 (MA)00101 Remplaces La Carte D'Indicateur De Niveau de carburant, Le Tamis De Carburant et le joint annulaire
362WGM94 1.30
1 22674712 SEN KIT
1 88891094 FILTER KI

9995 99 Recall 00101 Replaced fuel level sensor for Recall 00101

06-16-2003, 01:31 PM
Does anyone know if GM can issue a recall in Canada, but not issue it in the US?

06-16-2003, 02:47 PM
That's not a recall, that's what GM calls a "Repair campaing". Recalls are only issued for safety-related defects.

Anyway, here's the full text...

Mike Jung
06-16-2003, 07:56 PM
GM set to fix faulty gasoline tank sensors. Car maker urges motorists first run injector cleaner. But hundreds of owners fume after being stranded. (http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1052251834126)

08-02-2003, 12:39 AM
so there saying that they will replace our fuel sensors or whatever for free, if its bad?? hows this work?

Mike Jung
08-05-2003, 08:26 PM
I'm not sure...

That newspaper article titled: "GM set to fix faulty gasoline tank sensors. Car maker urges motorists first run injector cleaner. But hundreds of owners fume after being stranded." was in a Toronto (Canadian) newspaper.
The statement was issued by GM Canada & they claim it was limited to Southern-Ontario region (in Canada).

Which I think is BS!

Check out this article in last Saturday's newspaper in the Toronto Star:
$481.55Cdn to `fix' fuel gauge. Vehicle's sensor still doesn't work. Dealer carried out suggested repair (http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1059648030880&call_pageid=968867497088&col=969048871196)

I want to know what happened to the guy's GM dealer 12-month/20K km warrenty on his work performed...when he went back for his gas gauge not working again.

So that statement "... it will repair vehicles for free that continue showing inaccurate fuel gauge readings, which resulted in hundreds of motorists being stranded with empty tanks. In efforts to resolve a growing headache, GM [Canada] said it is recommending customers across the GTA [Greater Toronto Area] region initially use a fuel injector cleaner, but if that doesn't work, dealers will replace a sensor in the gas tank to correct the faulty readings..." by GM Canada sounds more like a good PR gesture than policy.

08-19-2003, 08:15 PM
I have a '02 GAGT and my fuel guage sensor is starting to act up. I have about 33K miles now and I have an appointment next Thursday.

08-19-2003, 08:21 PM
For the 2002 GAGT, it is number 42 on the technical bulletin list.

08-19-2003, 08:42 PM
Question - Why do you run your fuel that low???

08-19-2003, 08:49 PM
bad habit, i know. i thought i had enough fuel to get home, which i did, but the next morning it didn't start.

08-28-2003, 01:06 PM
Well, I brought my car to the dealership today to get the fuel guage sensor changed. Lets see what they have to say.

12-10-2003, 05:30 PM
I have a 2000 GT1 and the warranty is over. I just started having this happen to my car. Can I just drive my car into dealer and have them fix this for free? Or is it just a TSB and not a recall of the part? Just another petty thing to add on my list of why GM suxs. :vomit:

12-11-2003, 10:35 AM
There's a defect investigation still open by the NHTSA for the erractic fuel gauge readings. The investigation started Sept 30, 2002 for 01 - 02 models. There were 338 complaints filed when the investigation started. For those of you who experienced this problem you can file a complaint at www.nhtsa.gov. The more complaints they receive the more justification they have in forcing GM to recall the fuel sending units.

12-11-2003, 12:31 PM
If anyone wants me to check theri VIN with GM I can. I can tell you whether or not you have any OPEN campaigns on your vehicle. For whatever its worth. PM me with your VIN.


12-11-2003, 04:55 PM
Typical GM. GOD I AM SICK OF THIS ****ING CRAP. Seems almost every 2-3 months I have another petty ass thing to fix on this car. I can't wait until it is totally dead and I get to buy something else besides GM....

Mike Jung
12-22-2003, 11:42 AM
from: Toronto Star newspaper, Saturday, Dec 20, '03: Why the fuel gauges in GM cars don't always work. Company has part that can fix problem. Ottawa says gauges don't pose a risk. (http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1071875408724)

Why the fuel gauges in GM cars don't always work

Company has part that can fix problem

Ottawa says gauges don't pose a risk


Barbara Elliott was cruising about 115 kilometres an hour in the passing lane of northbound Highway 400 last June. It was a typical rush hour drive out of Toronto - a crowded road and everyone in a hurry.

As the Barrie resident went under the overpass near Bradford, rushing to pick up her daughter from day care, her yellow Chevrolet Cavalier abruptly lost power. She pressed the accelerator. Again. And again. Nothing happened.

The cars in her rear-view mirror grew larger and larger.

"I was scared to death," she recalled. "They (the cars) were all up on top of me."

She flicked her right turn signal and over several harrowing seconds managed to steer her lifeless car to the middle and right lanes as speeding cars swerved around it. Elliott made it to the side just as her tires stopped turning and the steering wheel locked.

Heaving a great sigh of relief, Elliott called General Motors Roadside Assistance and was quickly told that she'd run out of gasoline.

Impossible, she replied. Her gauge showed the tank was about one-quarter full. A tow truck driver soon arrived with a gas container. He talked of faulty gauges and poured 15 litres of gas into her tank. The car roared to life.

Elliott was dumbfounded. It was the first she'd heard about gauge problems, but hers was scarcely an isolated case.

Last spring and summer, faulty gauges left hundreds of drivers with empty tanks on roads and highways around Greater Toronto.

That's because General Motors Corp. has continued to manufacture vehicles with potentially faulty gauges, despite having developed a new part that eliminates the hazard in response to similar problems three years ago.

The problem: So-called elemental sulphur, a corrosive material that periodically appears in gas and can cause gauges to go haywire.

There was never any recall, which would have cost millions of dollars, nor were motorists warned directly of any problems.

Transport Canada concluded there was no safety concern, saying it had received no reports of injury as a result of the fuel gauge problem.

Stranded drivers were left feeling they've been caught in a blame game between the auto maker and the oil companies, particularly Petro-Canada and Shell Canada Ltd.

A Star investigation - sparked by the rash of stalling vehicles - discovered GM's continuing use of a fuel tank sensor that can cause the gauge to show drivers there's gas in the tank when it's actually empty.

GM has acknowledged it continued to build and sell numerous North American models with silver sensors in fuel tanks that can work improperly when the corrosive material appears in gas.

The Detroit-based auto maker quietly started switching at assembly plants last year to a redesigned, corrosion-resistant sensor that would eliminate the problem - but only on models as they were being relaunched or redesigned.

Under that timetable, a senior General Motors executive, who requested anonymity, estimated it would be 2007 or 2008 before the auto maker yanked the last silver sensor from its assembly lines.

But on the eve of publication of the Star's findings, GM revealed this week it is accelerating the changeover.

"We are not waiting for a model change," said Stew Low, General Motors of Canada Ltd.'s director of public relations. "We're implementing the changes across many car lines as fast as possible."

Low did not say what prompted the speed-up or when all GM vehicles would have the new sensor.

GM started working with its top parts supplier three years ago to change the metal composition of the critical contact portion of the sensor after a problem surfaced in late 2000 when the corrosive elemental sulphur appeared in gas in other parts of Canada and the United States. The tiny contacts in the redesigned part contain a precious-metal alloy that can tolerate elemental sulphur and avoid the wild fluctuations and false readings in gauges and possible highway danger.

GM insists there is no flaw in the silver sensors unless elemental sulphur appears in gas. "We're the innocent victims here," Low said in an interview before the accelerated changeover to the new sensors was disclosed. "There is nothing wrong with our fuel gauge systems."

Low compared the presence of elemental sulphur in gas to finding poison in food. "There's nothing wrong with a sandwich if there isn't any arsenic in it."

While Low acknowledged the gauges raised a safety issue, he characterized the problem as more of an inconvenience.

Drivers who had problems last spring and summer primarily pumped gas from Petro Canada and Shell stations. The two firms later confirmed their gas had contained elemental sulphur. It was picked up as it flowed from a refinery through a Toronto-area pipeline that had carried other petroleum products.

After the Star discovered GM was not using the new corrosion-resistant sensor in all its models, the company said it had proceeded with gradual implementation because of contract commitments with parts suppliers and the cost of computer changes required for the component's metal contacts to work properly.

"It all depends where we are in the (model's) life cycle, the commitment we have to a particular supplier, the parts and the contracts that are written," Low said. GM has publicly refused to identify which models continue to contain silver sensors. "I'd rather not open the watch on that one," Low said.

But the Star found late-model Chevrolet Cavaliers and Malibus, Pontiac Sunfires and Oldsmobile Aleros consistently popped up among the vehicles that ran into trouble this year. All four of those models experienced the same problem in late 2000.

In addition, there were also reports of faulty gauges in Chevrolet Impalas, including some driven by Ontario Provincial Police officers.

Despite Low's refusal to identify the models in production with the silver sensors, the GM executive who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed they continue to be used in Cavaliers, Malibus, Sunfires and Aleros.

GM has sold about 1.4 million of those four models across the continent, including at least 240,000 in Canada, since 2002, when it started using the corrosion-resistant sensor in some other models.

The GM executive also revealed the auto maker had changed over to the new sensor on less than half its lineup by last summer. The company makes about 80 models and produces more than 5.5 million vehicles annually in North America.

GM worked with Troy, Mich.-based Delphi Corp., the world's largest auto parts supplier, in late 2000 and early 2001 to change the sensor.

That followed a bout of fuel gauge problems involving elemental sulphur in gas sold in British Columbia, New Brunswick, the Quebec city area and Maine.

At that time, GM sent notices to thousands of customers in Eastern Canada, B.C. and the United States warning about a possible gauge problem. Elemental sulphur was identified as the likely source and the company told car owners what they should do to deal with it.

GM never issued a recall then, but in 2001, Audi of America Inc., a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, did exactly that in Canada and the U.S. because of complaints about faulty gauges south of the border. Audi's cost was about $40 million (U.S.).

`We're the innocent victims here. There is nothing wrong with our fuel gauge systems.'
Stew Low, GM spokesman

Mike Jung
12-22-2003, 11:43 AM
Audi traced the problem to elemental sulphur and called its original part "defective." In the recall, Audi replaced the sensor with a part containing a new alloy.

One industry insider noted most other auto makers also use silver sensors. But the computer system used by GM in its cars makes them more vulnerable to readings showing some fuel when there is actually none, the source said.

Rather than a costly change in the computer programming, GM, like Audi, decided to pursue different materials to solve the problem, the insider said.

GM told dealers about this year's problem and how to handle complaints, but, in contrast to 2001, the company did not warn its customers directly before they faced possible trouble.

And GM acknowledged that when it replaced sensors after customers complained this year, it used silver sensors again on a number of models instead of the one that could tolerate elemental sulphur. Some drivers said sensor replacements this year did not solve the problem.

"I'm stunned," said George Iny, president of the Automobile Protection Association, which represents motorists' interests. "It's hard to believe and understand that GM continues to produce a critical part which might influence the reliability and safety of a vehicle because of a supplier contract."

Clarence Ditlow, head of the U.S.-based Center for Auto Safety, said if an auto maker had a better part, it should not have been using an old design when the component could lead to safety problems.

"This is General Motors trying to save money at the expense of the consumer," he said.

Ditlow said GM's use of problem sensors is likely more of an issue outside the U.S. because Washington has stricter regulations on sulphur in gas.

The office of GM Canada president Michael Grimaldi refused two requests for an interview about the this year's problems. An official at GM's headquarters in
Detroit referred questions back to Oshawa-based GM of Canada. The parent company described it as a regional issue.

The auto maker informed Transport Canada about the gauge problem in June, but the federal agency concluded it didn't think there was a safety concern. The department supported its view by saying it had received no reports of injuries or deaths. It didn't order a recall.

Although Transport Canada downplayed safety risks, more than 50 angry drivers told the Star they feared for their lives when their cars stalled without warning.

"Someone could have easily rear-ended me," Denise Turner said after her 2000 Cavalier stalled on Highway 10 in the rain near Caledon with speeding traffic behind her. "I could have been seriously injured, but so could have others."

Hundreds of motorists complained about stalling cars or faulty gauges in the 2 1/2-month period from the end of April until mid-July. While a few owners of Ford, DaimlerChrysler and Mercedes-Benz vehicles reported problems, most cases involved GM vehicles.

Motorists in Toronto and surrounding regions said they ran out of gas, lost power and stalled on some of the busiest highways in Canada. Some avoided that predicament by noticing wild gauge fluctuations early enough and contacting their dealership or service station.

GM said if a fuel injector cleaner didn't solve the problem after a few fill-ups, it would replace the sensors at no cost to owners of vehicles less than four years old. GM treated compensation for repairs on older cars on a case-by-case basis.

The auto maker would not disclose statistics about the number of customers who complained during the 2 1/2-month period, the number of free repairs or costs to the company.

But in an indication of the extent of the problem, one insider said complaints to GM's customer service line had surpassed 1,000 before mid-June.

Gas-related calls to the Canadian Automobile Association surged in May and June to more than 3,000 in its central Ontario region, which includes Toronto.
GM customers accounted for more than half the calls. Calls in May alone jumped 62 per cent from the same month a year earlier.

Police forces in Toronto and neighbouring regions say their traffic accident reports do not contain enough detail to determine whether empty tanks and faulty fuel gauges contributed to collisions and injuries.

But Sgt. Cam Wooley, a road safety expert for the Ontario Provincial Police, agreed with drivers that faulty gauges are clearly a potential serious safety issue.

"If someone runs out of gas and loses power in a live lane on the 400 series of highways, there often is no reasonable opportunity for a vehicle to get off the road and it could get rear-ended."

Wooley noted several OPP officers also ran out of gas in their Chevrolet Impalas on duty during the summer because of faulty fuel gauges. If those problems would arise when officers were racing to a serious medical emergency or violent incident, it would become a major safety issue, he said.

GM said its dealers handled complaints well. But in some cases, customers rejected the company's claim that it offered to replace sensors of newer models at no cost if fuel injector cleaner didn't do the trick.

More than two dozen said the company and dealers dodged their responsibilities on the repairs, which cost an average of about $400 (Canadian) per vehicle. They said dealers urged them to use more fuel injector cleaner, advised them to stay away from Petro Canada and Shell stations or told them to go to the oil companies with their complaints rather than replace the sensors.

But Low stressed GM told dealers to replace sensors at no charge if fuel injector cleaner did not solve the problem. "We didn't tell them to direct customers to go to other gas stations, nor do we shun our responsibilities and refer them to the oil companies.

"The bottom line is the auto and oil industries need to work together so all systems are compatible."

But while stressing co-operation during a post-mortem of this year's problems, Low, at the height of the crisis, sparked a confrontation with Petro-Canada when he said GM's engineers believed the problem originated with the fuel.

GM did not determine the root cause until later after a probe with Petro-Canada and Shell Canada, but customers said the auto maker should have alerted them that their gauges could give false readings and create a safety hazard.

"I never got an apology or an idea what created this problem," said Eric Shendelman of Thornhill, whose 2001 Pontiac Sunfire stalled on busy Highway 7 just north of Toronto.

"There didn't seem to be any consideration for the human reaction, unhappiness, inconvenience or safety. The company knew about the problem. They should
have been proactive rather than reactive."

In late August, Petro-Canada and Shell Canada confirmed to the Star that elemental sulphur in their gas caused "interaction" with sensors in fuel tanks in the Toronto region during the spring and summer. Neither company issued a public statement about their finding.

The two oil companies said they were not responsible for motorists' problems and that their gas met or exceeded government fuel standards even with the elemental sulphur in it.

The federal fuel quality regulator, Environment Canada, did not launch a probe.

Iny, of the Automobile Protection Association, said that in addition to GM, oil companies and governments must share responsibility for the safety threat.

"The oil companies see this as a public relations and marketing problem," he said.

"Fuel quality is belatedly moving into the 21st century. You need the government to create a system so if fuel is causing vehicle failure on the roads, the oil company is also accountable. No one ever seems to be accountable."

12-22-2003, 11:03 PM

I thought I had issues with my car. GM is so arrogant with the issues people have with their cars. The ricers will take over the world at this rate.

Don't the top executives at GM realize that they lose market share to foreign companies not because they beat them on engineering, but because GM offers terrible service on an inferior product? Honda and Toyota have their futures cut out for them because american car companies are destroying themselves.

SHEESH. I guess I will make another trip to Kragen's and try the fuel injector cleaner. Don't tell me, they recommend the GM certified fuel injector cleaner, which by the way can only be opened with the certified GM injector cleaner opener. Give me a ****ing break with this heap of ****!!

Mike Jung
12-23-2003, 10:54 AM
From: Toronto Star newspaper, Monday, Dec 22,'03: GM (Canada)'s Reply to the above article (http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=971358637177&c=Article&cid=1072048207455)

GM (Canada)'s Reply

Fuel gauge problem handled
Appearance of elemental sulphur in some Toronto-area gasoline regrettable but isolated

Re:Why the fuel gauges in GM cars don't always work
Dec. 20.

It would be unfortunate if Tony Van Alphen's article concerning elemental sulphur in gasoline should leave Star readers with the false impression that this is an ongoing problem in the Greater Toronto Area [GTA].

The appearance of elemental sulphur in some Toronto-area gasoline was a regrettable, but isolated, problem that appeared suddenly in the spring of 2003 impacting various manufacturers' vehicles, including some owners of General Motors products. Working together with members of the fuel industry, steps were taken to quickly identify and address the source of the problem. The unexpected presence of elemental sulphur was corrected by August.

It is surprising that, so many months following the event, Van Alphen seems to have missed the key fact only vehicles fuelled with certain gasoline purchased during the time frame in the GTA area were affected. Millions of excellent, properly functioning GM vehicles throughout North America should not have been unfairly tainted with his broad brush.

Throughout this period, GM and the oil companies in question made it their top priority to support their mutual customers in the GTA through roadside assistance, call centre and dealer support, including free part replacements in instances where this was necessary. These customers who were impacted were taken care of. We are not aware of any ongoing or outstanding customer problems in the GTA. If any of our customers are still experiencing erratic fuel gauge readings, we invite them to call us at 1-800-263-3777 (English) and 1-800-263-7854 (French). We continue to work together with the oil industry and government to prevent these kinds of problems and to ensure optimal fuel and vehicle compatibility for the benefit of our customers. At GM we remain proud of our well-established leadership in customer service, quality and engineering.

David Paterson, Vice President,
Corporate and Environmental Affairs,
General Motors of Canada, Oshawa

Mike Jung
12-23-2003, 11:05 AM
Originally posted by dna_dan
...I guess I will make another trip to Kragen's and try the fuel injector cleaner...
Try using a total 'premium fuel system treatment/cleaner', like: Chevron TECHRONŽ Concentrate Fuel System Cleaner or Castrol Syntec Power System Premium (synthetic) Fuel System Treatment that cleans out the entire fuel system, not just the injectors.

& try using a different brand of gasoline (maybe it will have less impurities & less sulphur).

02-01-2004, 09:59 AM
So ok we have established that GM thinks that Canada doesn't know how to make gas.. we have all figured out that GM can't make a good fuel sender part and isn't really willing to give us an updated part.. GM Canada is replacing fuel senders for free in Canada but the rest of us in the US can go suck a lemon?

Do I have this just about right? My gauge has been faulty now for about 25,000 miles because I won't pay $300+ to fix a $30 part.. But I shouldn't have to pay $300 for something GM knows is a piece of crap.

Wonder if I take a drive up to Canada, if they'll replace my fuel level sender.


02-02-2004, 12:49 AM
A couple of nights ago, coming home from work at midnight, I ran out of gas. Gauge still read about 1/8 full. I'm kinda mad right now about the gas gauge. I had the fuel pump and tank sensor replaced about four months ago, at a cost of almost $700us, due to an intermittent pump and wildly inaccurate gauge (reading 3/4 full after 250 miles!), and it looks like either the sensor was fitted wrong, or it's going bad again.

02-02-2004, 09:23 AM
well at least its still in warranty.. Most GM parts are like 6 to 12 month warranty on the part..