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 Post subject: Fuel Gauge issue
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:25 am 
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My "96 Firefly, "Sparky", has an issue with the fuel gauge it seems. I've seen elsewhere on the 'net that I should be able to get around 500+ km's on a tank of fuel in city driving out of the 1.3L engine. However...by the time I hit around 300km's, the fuel gauge is showing empty. However, when I fill up at this point, the car only takes around 25 liters of gas. So I know something is up since the car has a 40L tank. Any ideas?

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 Post subject: Re: Fuel Gauge issue
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:26 pm 
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These cars have a habit of not reading correct. They barely get to the full mark and read empty while still holding a fair amount of fuel. Carry a gas can with you and drive until you run out. It will go a long way below empty before it dies. Your only other option is drop the tank and bend the sending unit float arm.

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 Post subject: Re: Fuel Gauge issue
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:40 pm 
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Hey thanks for the info, "neighbor"! (i'm in Terrace) i reset the trip meter every time i fill up, one of these times i'll try and convince my mom to try going at least 500k then see if it takes close to 40L. She's the one that drives Sparky most of the time anyway to commute to her job as i work out of town most of the week and have two work vehicles to drive.

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 Post subject: Re: Fuel Gauge issue
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:52 pm 
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Set the trip meter, throw a gallon of gas in the back and drive it 'til it dies. Mine goes WAAYY below E before it runs out.

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 Post subject: Re: Fuel Gauge issue
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:12 pm 
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How many k's do you get out of a tank with yours driving in PG traffic?


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 Post subject: Re: Fuel Gauge issue
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:28 pm 
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Hwy is over 500 consistantly. I don't do a lot of in town driving but I would expect you to get close to 500km if it's a manual tranny. Automatics get less though. I'd guess a little over 425km with an auto.

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