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Old 05-18-2009, 07:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Exclamation fuel gauge not registering after fill up

My truck has been sitting for about a month, I took it out to get fuel over the weekend. Gauge was reading 1/4 as i pulled into the station to fill up. Filled up and started the truck and noticed that the gauge was still reading 1/4 tank after i had just put in 21 gallons!! What could of caused this not to function? I ran it home aprox 10 miles and the gauge did start to move up slightly. Could the float be stuck inside the tank? anyone else had this problem?
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you leave the key turned on while you were filling?

Best practice to have the fuel gauge read correctly after filling up is to turn off the key while filling. I don't know the whole story, but if you do a few searchs you will find that this is discussed in several existing threads.

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Did you leave the key turned on while you were filling?

Best practice to have the fuel gauge read correctly after filling up is to turn off the key while filling. I don't know the whole story, but if you do a few searchs you will find that this is discussed in several existing threads.

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As I do recall I just started filling up when I herd the key click on. My girlfriend turned the key to on but never started it, to write down the mileage so she could caculate the mpg's. Did this do any harm, I have always shut the truck off as I filled up even in the coldest winter temps.
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My understanding is that it does not do any damage. It just takes longer for the fuel gauge to realize that there is more fuel in the tank.

Hopefully someone who knows how to speed it along will chime in and let us know what you need to do.

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Old 05-19-2009, 11:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Won't it reset the next time you turn on the key?

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Won't it reset the next time you turn on the key?

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I tried that already. I came home and turned it off and started it again and still the same result. The next day after work I started it again and still the same thing. I let it run for about 20 min as I went and did some work, came back to check it and it is slowly starting to move. (computers you got to love em)
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I think the sending unit starts getting sluggish if not 'exercised' frequently. I'm down to driving my truck once every couple of weeks now. I too have noticed that if I fill up every couple of months (like I've been averaging), then the guage is slow to come up to the full mark. But, if I'm on a trip where I burn through a couple of tanks of fuel quickly, the guage behaves normally. I just chalk it up to the float on the sending unit being stuck in a certain position for a long period of time. imho just my .02 cents worth

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Relax guys, this isn't that big of a deal.

If the key is on while you're filling, the sender doesn't register the increase in fuel right away. It will climb slowly until it hits the proper level.

If you shut off the truck and restart it, it still doesn't register right away. The only way I have had it register after shut off is with time. Whether the key is on, or the key is off, it takes time before your truck will register your full tank.

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Mine did that once and I guess it was stuck because I ran over some bumpy terrain (rail road tracks) doing about 15 mph and it came back up. As for the key position causing it to stay I have never experienced that. Lots of times I keep my truck running while filling up (south texas heat makes me want to leave the AC on) and I can sit in the truck and watch it go up as I am filling. Though it usually tops off at full as I am driving out of the station parking lot.
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Thanks for all the replies, I was on a trip over memorial day weekend and it took about 60 miles for it to register to full. Got fuel on the way home and it registered right away. Thanks all!
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Put about a quart of ATF in the fuel tank when it's low, the detergent in the ATF will help clean the fuel gauge.
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My truck did the same thing today. I always leave my truck running when I fill it up, especially during the summer to keep the A/C going. I drive my truck every day, so no old fuel.
The gauge was moving up and then stopped and dropped to empty. I shut it off and started again, still nothing. I am going to see how it does for the next couple of days.
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Does the fuel gauge go hand in hand with the famous "bad clusters" that are found in the psd?
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So my fuel gauge started working again tonight. But it was on E long enough that my check engine light came on. Stopped at Auto Zone, checked the codes, it says I had insufficient fuel data..... Duh, so that lines up with my gauge not working.

My question is, will the check engine light clear itself after 5 or 10 starts? Or do I have to go pay the dealer to clear it? Thx.
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My truck has been doing this since new in 2003! It is hit/miss. Sometimes it shows full right away, sometimes it takes a few hours, it's event taken over 24 hours a few times. There is no pattern whether the key is on, off, engining running, hot, cold, tap the hose three times before putting the nozzle away like it used the urinal, rub my rabbits foot, throw salt over my shoulder, or knock on the synthetic wood accents in the door. NOTHING seems to work and it is completely random! I even have a new fuel sender, that cost $900 to install at the dealer. =( I've learned to trust the miles to go gauge on the roof console. It has never let me down. Now If I could only stop from walking under ladders with my black cat who likes to break mirrors. Hmmmm.
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