View Full Version : Inaccurate Fuel Gauge
09-10-2011, 09:26 PM
I have a 99 Grand Am and this is just one of many issues I'm having. The fuel tank gauge can be off by as much as a quarter of tank. It seems to change based on the incline of the vehicle.
I'm guessing (keep in mind that I am no car guy) that its a faulty float in the fuel pump. The meter works mostly, shows when more gas has been put in and when it is getting low but we've run out when it still showed an 8th of a tank.
I'm wondering based on the info I've given is it likely a bad float or something else? And from there how to go about resolving the issue. Again while I'm not a car guy per-say I can follow instructions, schematics and so forth.
Thanks in advance
MAC the KNIFE
09-11-2011, 06:54 AM
when you park on a hill, the fuel will of course flow to the lowest side of the tank.
when i park facing uphill, the gauge shows around 1/8 less than i really have.
and when facing downhill, i gain about 1/8 more than i have.
the easiest thing to do, whenever you fill up, just reset the trip computer. i really don't even need the fuel gauge b/c i know it won't go much further than 250 miles in my case.
or just accept that when you get to 1/4 of a tank left, you need to fill up!
09-11-2011, 11:47 PM
Try some fuel injector cleaner. The sender might be dirty.
09-13-2011, 01:25 AM
I understand what you're saying Mactheknife but this has only happened recently , past 6-7 months.
When I mentioned running out of fuel while showing 1/8th, that was on level ground. However it can show half a tank to the warning light while driving and it does seems incline based at least in part.
Have used the fuel injector cleaner numerous times.
As you said, we basically use the trip meter and keep a journal in the car on gas bought vs mileage to make sure. It'd be nice if I could afford to keep it capped off all the time but that's not been possible lately.
MAC the KNIFE
09-13-2011, 10:43 AM
...As you said, we basically use the trip meter and keep a journal in the car on gas bought vs mileage to make sure. It'd be nice if I could afford to keep it capped off all the time but that's not been possible lately.
ouch! that's gotta suck trying to keep records of how much you think is in the tank, maybe get a new float assembly?
check rockauto.com or gmpartsdirect.com
and while your doing the work, might want to replace the fuel line filter too. (if it ain't been done before)
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