Low fuel light

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Low fuel light

Post by sidecarsahara » Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:15 pm

I just purchased A 2016 gear-up I filled the tank when I bought it drove 200k and noticed the fuel light was on I was suspicious so I stopped and filled the tank and only took 3.68gal but the light is still on.
Anyone have this problem?

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Re: Low fuel light

Post by Penrod » Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:31 pm

Postings on this forum indicate that the low fuel light is notoriously inaccurate if it works at all. Reset the trip odometer at every fuel up and pay attention to it to determine when it is time for a pit stop.
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Re: Low fuel light

Post by Mr Wazzock » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:02 pm

I was told to start looking out for the next gas station at an indicated 150k, (km) to be on the safe side.

Tank is 17 litres, = 4.49 US gallons (= 3.739 imperial gallons)

Light is supposed to come on when you've got 1 (US) gallon left, so 3.68 would be about right then.

Yes go by trip odometer, reset each fill-up, don't entirely trust the low fuel light, by all accounts!

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Re: Low fuel light

Post by Mr Wazzock » Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:06 pm

PS: I'm also getting a 2 gallons jerry can in case things get desperate.
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Re: Low fuel light

Post by sysmgr2 » Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:29 pm

I agree with the above, but you say you filled-up and the light is still on? If so, that's obviously not normal...
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Re: Low fuel light

Post by sidecarsahara » Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:50 am

Yes I filled up and the light is still on it's not flashing but a solid yellow maybe half lit up

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Re: Low fuel light

Post by Tomcatfixer » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:13 am

I filled up and the light is still on it's not flashing but a solid yellow maybe half lit up
Curious. The typical fuel sensor failure causes the idiot to cease illumination. Perhaps you're picking up some kind of stray voltage.
Just for your situational awareness, here's what new and gasoline-soaked fuel level sensors look like. They're mounted in a bung on the left forward portion of the tank.
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Re: Low fuel light

Post by GHGoodwin » Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:15 am

Plenty of stuff on this in 2014+ forum.

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Re: Low fuel light

Post by sysmgr2 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:24 am

Sounds like a warranty item to me... ;-)
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Re: Low fuel light

Post by Mr Wazzock » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:27 pm

Dear Ural, can we please have proper glass tipped metal industrial strength ones, thank you :D
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Re: Low fuel light

Post by sysmgr2 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:08 pm

Mike- just for my edification, do you know what they cost? If it's reasonable, do you have a model and a source? I know there are lengthy tomes about the issue here somewhere- I guess I'm just looking for the 'executive summary'... ;-). Sometimes it's easier to stand on the shoulders of giants. Thanks!
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Re: Low fuel light

Post by Mr Wazzock » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:35 pm

There's a topic about it around here somewhere (else I wouldn't have known!), moot whether such alternatives will fit and so on.
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Re: Low fuel light

Post by Mr Wazzock » Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:51 pm

Googled "optical level sensor" - some of the metal ones are quite expensive :-o
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Re: Low fuel light

Post by DeltaGolfFoxtrot » Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:42 pm

You've seen an actual light come on? Wow! I have a place holder that looks like a light may be in there but it has never come on. I ran out of gas on day one of ownership at 153 km after a hard run on the interstate.
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Re: Low fuel light

Post by hotflash44 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:53 pm

miss the old days when you looked into the tank to see how much gas you have !
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