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02-26-2016 04:18 PM
sailor Not on a practical level, the level sensor is part of the fuel pump assy. and at $285-$295 showing for AZ prices it's not worth it for occasional odd level results IMHO.
02-26-2016 06:26 AM
deandeib
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Originally Posted by sailor View Post
Your info. shows an '11 model, this thread started in '11 on problems with the MkIII '12 and up versions that have a potential purge valve issue that can collapse the tank (bottom sucked up changes readings/fuel availability).

As typical, it also got into other discussion on trip computer mileage etc..
OK, thanks for the feedback. Is there I can do to fix/recalibrate?
02-25-2016 02:54 PM
sailor Your info. shows an '11 model, this thread started in '11 on problems with the MkIII '12 and up versions that have a potential purge valve issue that can collapse the tank (bottom sucked up changes readings/fuel availability).

As typical, it also got into other discussion on trip computer mileage etc..
02-25-2016 04:26 AM
deandeib Yea, my gauge started acting up recently too. In my case, the error seems to be it reads low to empty when there's plenty of gas in the tank. Erratic too. One minute reading almost empty, next minute almost full. What is it with these things? Been tracking fuel levels by the odometer reading. Cheap parts from China?
11-02-2015 02:10 PM
Upsetfocusowner My fuel tank is collapsing! I have been dealing with this car dying out, the gas gauge freaking out, and general mayhem. It unfortunately appears that I'm not the only one! There needs to be a recall! The Ford Center was no help, and I've been told to call the NHTSA? I'm so absolutely baffled by this, what is going on with these vehicles?
05-22-2015 09:55 PM
2012 Focus GasGauge
2012 Ford Focus Gas Gauge Mystery/Problem?

So after running around town on errands earlier this week, I checked the gas gauge which read at just under 1/8 of a tank. Today we were planning a a short trip so I sent my husband out to fill tank before we left. He came back 5 minutes later and said we didn't need gas because there was 3/4 of a tank in car. He denied gassing up car, so we assumed daughter must have done it-Even though that would have been outside of norm since she drives her own vehicle. 50 Miles into our trip, our check engine light comes on. We drive 21/2 miles and stop at a service station to grab something to drink, and when we start the car, it cranks over, sputters and then turns off. We were out in the middle of nowhere, at late Friday afternoon on holiday weekend. Long story short, we got lucky and the first repair shop I called turned out to be 11/2 mile up the road. It never dawned on us that we might be out of gas! The car is not driven much except locally around town, all maintenance is up to date and there were no other signs of problems. Rethinking the mysterious gas issue, and google searching gas gauge problems, could this be the problem. If so, is it a dealer related issue?
08-16-2014 02:28 PM
sailor I see you've read up on the potential issues with loose nozzle tips. The solution to problems from dented nozzles (stainless steel cap) has ended up having possible problems of it's own when they get loose.

Automatic shutoff valves are quite delicate, they have to sense air pressure change in the fill pipe. Actually amazing that they work as well as they do considering the beating they take daily.

The new overflow drain location goes with the new "capless" fill system, an obvious surprise that's probably not mentioned (or glossed over) in the manual no-one reads thoroughly unless looking for info.. Convenience features - come with new problems of their own.
08-16-2014 10:02 AM
stevetimm
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Good chance the gauge isn't particularly unreliable & that you just squeezed in more than normal when pumping 'till it overflowed.

It would take longer for the gauge to drop with more than normal fuel on board.
Thanks for the reply Sailor. That thought occurred to me yesterday afternoon when I noticed the gauge had actually started moving. As I drove to the dealer this morning for my routine service, noticed it now appears to be back within the normal reading for the amount of miles I've driven since my last fill up.

As such, when I went in today, I mentioned what happened with the overfill, but that I was no longer concerned about the fuel gauge. Service advisor repeated exactly what you just said about slow response due to the excess gas in the tank. I did have them conduct a visual inspection of the fuel tank, filler, and other components they could easily access as well. No leaks, broken parts, wear, etc..

So, for now I'm going on the theory that the pump nozzle shutoff was defective, and will be extra careful when inserting gas nozzles in the future. Service advisor noted that as well, and told me that Ford Engineering had actually sent out a memo to all service departments indicating the tendency of gas nozzles to be defective. He also told me that one of their customers had an incident where a nozzle got stuck in the fuel filler. Similar to the incidents described in other posts here, except in this case, the gas station folks were able to remove the nozzle without damaging the fuel filler or denting the person's car.

FWIW, the first car I regularly drove (my parent's 75 Buick Century wagon) had a very erratic and mostly unreliable fuel gauge - hence my sensitivity to possible fuel gauge problems.
08-15-2014 11:25 PM
sailor Good chance the gauge isn't particularly unreliable & that you just squeezed in more than normal when pumping 'till it overflowed.

It would take longer for the gauge to drop with more than normal fuel on board.
08-15-2014 06:59 PM
stevetimm The tank overfill I mentioned in a previous post last week has apparently affected the fuel gauge on my 2012 SE as well. Have driven the car about 110 miles since the incident, and the gauge has now only just begun to drop to about midway between full and 3/4 full.

The Average MPG and Miles To Empty displays are still working properly (consistent readings based on my past driving - I reset the Average MPG and Trip Odometer after every fillup), so I'm not too worried about the potential of running out of gas ("knocks wood"). However, I'm planning to take a trip to Western Pennsylvania during Labor Day week, so having an unreliable fuel gauge is something I really don't want to deal with.

Taking the car in for routine service tomorrow morning, and I've already informed my service advisor of this problem. Crossing my fingers that resolution won't be a biggie.
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