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Username Post: Fuel gauge problems?        (Topic#116577)
Bad Bowtie 
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02-04-08 10:23 AM - Post#1358186    
    In response to 2500 Crew

Any AC Delco supplier should be cheeper than the dealer.

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4spd409 
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04-15-08 07:52 PM - Post#1412299    
    In response to Bad Bowtie

I just bought a 04 extended cab with 5.3. I use primarily E10 ethanol blend. They claim that alcohol is a good solvent so would this help or cause other problems with the sending unit? I had a 2000 Suburban before this one and didn't have any fuel gauge problems and used mostly E10 in it.

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Brain55 
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07-12-08 04:19 PM - Post#1476358    
    In response to 2500 Crew

I went to my local dealer at lunch, payed $20 for the additive, poured it into my 1/2 tank of fuel, drove back to work and home that night, haven't had a problem since (about 2 weeks now). My gauge had been acting up for months, it would randomly say the tank was empty, it didn't care if it was a full tank or a 1/4 tank or anywhere in between. $20 is way cheaper than my time to screw around pulling the tank and changing the sender or any other homemade remedy that may or may not fix the problem.

Brian

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silvervortek 
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08-01-08 11:17 PM - Post#1490330    
    In response to Brain55

I have a 99 silverado and the fuel gauge went out after a year. A few years later i bought a new fuel pump over $300 the guage worked for about 18 months and then reverted to faulty. my girlfriends 01 blazer is doing the same thing.
it sounds just about right that chevy wouldent make any effort to rectify this problem. ye wouldent make an effort to launch a 1500 with a fuel efficent diesel engine either.i wont feel sorry when ye go by the way of the dinasor.

I have a 99 silverado, regular cab ,long bed ,was 4 wheel drive,has auto and 5.3 vortek engine. one hundred and thirty


 
RocknSS04 
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09-04-08 05:36 PM - Post#1515183    
    In response to silvervortek

Here's what I just found out about my wife's '99 Silverado. We've been having problems for several years now with the gauge reading randomly. I just did some major brake work on my Intimidator SS, and ended up driving it for about 2 weeks to work. I commute 100 mi/day. I run nothing but Amoco Ultimate gas in my Intimidator, and have virtually no problems with dirty injectors or water in the gas.
With the 1st tank of Amoco regular gas in the truck, the gas gauge started working PERFECTLY, and is still working fine. Been about a month since I drove it 1st, and it hasn't had anything but Amoco in it since.
I know from experience that cheap gas causes injector problems, but I wasn't expecting this. This was a pleasant surprise, as I was considering replacing the sending unit. I SOLD on QUALITY gas, and Amoco is my #1 choice.
BUY THE GOOD STUFF!

Wayne
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'04 Intimidator SS, '07 Solstice GXP, '99 Silverado Z71 Sportside, '82 Olds' 98 Regency 2 door coupe


 
Bad Bowtie 
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09-06-08 06:35 AM - Post#1516278    
    In response to RocknSS04

Glad it has worked for you "RocknSS04".

I would ALMOST swear that the Dale E. Intimidator Silverado SS trucks were made in 2006 ONLY...?
What gives?

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RocknSS04 
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09-08-08 04:43 AM - Post#1517557    
    In response to Bad Bowtie

  • Bad Bowtie Said:

I would ALMOST swear that the Dale E. Intimidator Silverado SS trucks were made in 2006 ONLY...?
What gives?



My Intimidator SS is an '04 Monte Carlo, 85,000 miles. LadyT's '07 Solstice GXP is in the background in this pic.


'99 Silverado is a sportside. 187,000 miles



Wayne
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Bad Bowtie 
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09-08-08 08:16 AM - Post#1517670    
    In response to RocknSS04

Oh okay, thanks for the explanation.

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ZUL8TR 
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11-08-09 08:53 PM - Post#1802084    
    In response to Bad Bowtie

Hey hey hey, so my sending unit has been going out for awhile now. I tried the techron stuff and the seafoam. (truck loves the seafoam in the manifold trick) But the one that has the sending unit working again is... (drum roll please) Amsoil PI fuel system cleaner. My fuel gauge works again! you know how happy that is? I put Amsoil 7500 mile 5W-30 in the truck with there kick butt oil filter and I'm at 5k miles and the oil is just a little brown. It looks great. Way better than Mobile 1 at 3k. Amsoil is now everywhere in my truck and i'm getting better gas mileage. So... I suggest you all look into the Amsoil, I now swear by it just like Seafoam. I'm saving sooo much money. Got two oil changes(7500 miles each) of oil and there 25k filter for what, $60. I'll be going to there 25k mile oil after the next oil change and only be changing oil once a year. Save money and have a better oil in the truck, whats better than that right?

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3de7xwcc 
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04-24-10 05:50 PM - Post#1904179    
    In response to nodakbassmaster

I have a hard starting 2001 6.0L. Any known problems with this engine? When it sits it cranks long but runs well when running. Any help would be appreciated.



Edited by 3de7xwcc on 04-24-10 05:53 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
jimbro 
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08-16-10 11:42 AM - Post#1961799    
    In response to Jim V

Currently working on my fuel pump and would appreciate those pic of your work. Thanks!!!

99 K1500 Ext.Cab 4X4 98K mi.


 
Jim V 
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08-16-10 03:58 PM - Post#1961939    
    In response to jimbro

  • jimbro Said:
Currently working on my fuel pump and would appreciate those pic of your work. Thanks!!!



Sent you my email...send your's and I will fwd all 10 images (22mb)...

Jim



Edited by Jim V on 08-16-10 03:59 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
alanco 
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01-10-11 05:41 PM - Post#2030039    
    In response to GM-Tech

Had the problem with an 01 Pontiac and my O1 Silverado. I bought a new fuel sensor for the Pontiac, then the problem went away, possibly from using a different gas vendor. The Silverado got worse and worse, the sender going to empty on a fill up, then starting to work when the gas went dowm an eighth or so. After more time it would not show the last fourth down to empty. I traded the Pontiac sensor for a Silverado Sensor and replaced it. Problem solved. The new sensor never failed in two years longer that I had the truck. My 04 GMC does not have the problem. The answers in the forum would seem to infer that GM did something to fix the problem between the 01 and 04 models, and replacement parts (mine was bought in 07) contained the fix. Fuels containing sulfur are common in the West, particularly California. Most of our oil comes from Mexico and Canada, with 42% from the MidEast. It probably has to do with the region in which you buy your gas.....


Alan

80 Olds Cutlass built as a pro cruise car: 355 Chevy 2004R OD Trans, 8.5" 4.11 4 link rear.
01 Pontiac GrandAm SE 4 cyl
06 GMC Sierra 2500 4x4 LongBed ExCab w/Duramax Diesel
84 S-10 Blazer 5 sp manual, 4wd V-6 engine


Edited by alanco on 01-10-11 05:42 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
perigrination 
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02-07-11 02:54 PM - Post#2043241    
    In response to Jim V

"Currently working on my fuel pump and would appreciate those pic of your work. Thanks!!!"

Jim V or Jimbro, can I snag some them pics?




 
Bo57Ti 
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04-06-11 02:46 PM - Post#2072802    
    In response to GM-Tech

I had the same with my 2000 Z71 192700 miles. Replaced everything in the tank a week ago PLUS all of the O2 sensors. Now it is shutting off when driving in traffic and sence the wife is driving it now you know what that means when she gets back home. If you push it into neutral while it is rolling and hit the switch it cranks it right back up. It will quit 2 times in 20 mile drive or so. Hopefully someone will have had this problem and fixed it. The service engine light came on before but nothing is lighting up now. The garage can't find anything wrong either.
Thanks guys and gals.



57 210,2dr. post,350 Summit crate-400hp,4spd. 93 Astro 00 Z71


 
mlrailguy 
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02-08-12 08:48 AM - Post#2188476    
    In response to nodakbassmaster

Planning to replace my sending unit this weekend. What is best brand to get? Most parts houses here carry Dorman products. These any good?

Just DUNE it


 
Smitty_Chevy 
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04-20-14 09:27 PM - Post#2446414    
    In response to GM-Tech

If you're just averaging 15 mpg with a 26 gallon tank you should get 390 miles to a tank of gas.

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Truckdoctor 
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05-06-15 05:41 PM - Post#2545168    
    In response to GM-Tech

Good evening! So, I have a fuel gauge that vibrates. The needle moves very fast in small increments. Problem is worse when the fuel level is high and stabilizes somewhat near empty. This problem surfaced about 6 months ago all of a sudden. I replaced the pump/sending unit due to a pump failure about 4 months ago. This repair had no effect on the gauge fault. Can anyone shed some light on a possible cause? Is there a resistor on the back side of the gauge like there was in the old cars? My vehicle is a '99 K1500 suburban 5.7 245,000 miles thank you Mike J.



 
smithd7 
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05-16-15 07:25 AM - Post#2547593    
    In response to Ryan

It's the Ethanol in the fuel, Ethanol is a corrosive.The sensors don't like Ethanol. Corvette's have been having this problem for quite some time.

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Bad Bowtie 
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05-19-15 11:35 AM - Post#2548305    
    In response to smithd7

Everyone here should be adding a bottle of Chevron's Techron fuel treatment to your fuel tank at every oil change too...

GMC. We are Professional Grade.

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mlrailguy 
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12-14-15 04:38 PM - Post#2595495    
    In response to Bad Bowtie

I replaced the sensor in my 01 truck and it all worked great. Pump just went out recently, so replaced whole unit. If anybody needs just sensor, give me a holler

Just DUNE it


 
txturbo 
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12-22-15 11:28 AM - Post#2597059    
    In response to Brain55

I just buy a bottle of Techron at the auto parts store. Way cheaper and same result.

Dan
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