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Old 01-23-2009, 02:58 PM   #1
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Ok. So here's the situation. Yesterday I stopped to fill up my car. There was about 1/8 of a tank in the car before I filled it up (I know that's really low and not good for the car but I was broke until a couple days ago). Anyways, I noticed when I was leaving the gas station that the fuel needle only went up to 1/4. I pulled back into the gas station and asked the clerk if the pumps were working properly. He told me that they were and that I was the first person to have a problem. So I left to head up to dinner at my parents. While I was on the way, about 5 minutes after leaving the gas station, the guage started to rise. It took me about 15 minutes or so to get to my parents house and by the time I pulled up the needle was at the full line. I've had the car since October and this is the first time this has happened.

So, has anyone else encountered this problem and does anyone think that it is something harmful to the car?

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Old 01-23-2009, 03:11 PM   #2
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yes, actually i have had this happen to me...the problem went away though
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Happened to me a while ago too, but it went away. I wouldnt worry.
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:44 PM   #4
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Perfect. Thanks guys.
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It only happens to me if I fill the car when its running. It will do that every time. If I turn it off like you are suposed to it does not do it.
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It did it to me, but only once. I wouldn't worry about it unless it keeps happening...
(I think the guy at the station overfilled the tank trying to make an even # of $, that's why I would rather pump my own)
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Sometimes the module in the tank-slosh module (to keep the gas from causing the float to move around and the gauge needle to move) keeps the float from returning. Sometimes the float gets sulphur on it and causes it to not work properly. A bottle of Techron in the tank will cure it-if it's sulphur. If mine's the slosh module, usually just turning the ignition off and back on does it.
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This happened to me today, I overfilled like a dummy and my gauge stayed at half tank even though it was full. After driving a bit to burn the extra, it returned to normal. But I have a XXXKM's to Empty display, which is still screwed up and not showing the correct numbers. I shut off the car and restarted it once the gauge was back to normal but no dice.

Would disconnected my battery fix this?
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