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Old 07-31-2012, 09:42 AM
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Gas gauge quit

Yesterday we returned from a 700 mile trip in one day. Our GC Overland Hemi performed well towing a new car trailer home from Phoenix. Upon arriving home I noticed it had about a 1/2 tank of gas in it. I backed the new trailer up onto a concrete garage apron to disconnect it and while doing so the GC was sitting on about a 30 degree slope nose down while running. After unhooking the tariler I got back in and the fuel warning light was on and the gas gauge showed empty, (DTE) Distance To Empty showed zero. I shut it off and restated it, same thing. This morning, same thing, gauge zero and fuel warning light is on. Any ideas what's up here or anybody had this experience?? Our local dealer is 85 miles away and pretty lame anyway.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:21 AM
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Re: Gas gauge quit

Just a quick thought...

Have you tried getting gas to see how many gallons will go in to fill it?

If it takes 24+ gallons to fill, then it tells you that the gauge was not reading right during your tow trip & was truly empty when showing near half.

Either way, you probably do need to have it thoroughly checked.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:38 PM
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Re: Gas gauge quit

As we pulled in the driveway the gauge was reading just under 1/2 full which was correct for the 350 miles we had just driven. It must have had something to do with the car running with the nose down at a fairly steep angle, but I can't imagine what. In off road situations the car is at much more severe angles then when it was in my driveway. Something with the sending unit in the tank I would think.
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:29 PM
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Re: Gas gauge quit

Depending on the actual weight of this car trailer & the town vs. highway mileage,

Wouldn't it make sense that the hemi's mpg would be in the 10-15 mpg range?

Suffice it to say, with a full 25 gallon tank & getting 14mpg overall... That nets you 350 miles.

While that slope lean angle could definitely have played with the gauge, I think that the mpg's you got on this tow trip are about right for 350 miles.
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:31 PM
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Re: Gas gauge quit

On the way to Phoenix we averaged 19.8MPG at 70 to 75mph. It's mostly down hill from 5200' where we live to Phoenix at about 1100'. We picked up our new car trailer, filled up, and headed for home. I could have sworn that as we turned in our driveway the fuel gauge showed just above 1/4 tank. After dropping the trailer, the fuel gauge was on E, the yellow warning light was on, and the DTE showed zero. After reading 'BigJGCfan's' post I went out to check it again. Our mileage since fill up was 326. Our average mpg was 14.5. So it used 22.5 gallons of gas. Enough to coincidentally turn on the Fuel Warning Light. So what I'm wondering here is how a guy who goes to buy a new trailer to haul his 620 Horse 572 Cubin Inch '68 Camaro can be dumb enough to post this "Gas Gauge Quit' here. The answer is simple, getting old sucks!
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Old 07-31-2012, 03:54 PM
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Re: Gas gauge quit

Hey Redboots,

The 'old' thing & some questionable thinking & decision making just happens over time...
Some of us are there with you & the rest just aren't there yet!

Don't sweat it... That's exactly what this forum is for... Some Answers & Help!
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Re: Gas gauge quit

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On the way to Phoenix we averaged 19.8MPG at 70 to 75mph. It's mostly down hill from 5200' where we live to Phoenix at about 1100'. We picked up our new car trailer, filled up, and headed for home. I could have sworn that as we turned in our driveway the fuel gauge showed just above 1/4 tank. After dropping the trailer, the fuel gauge was on E, the yellow warning light was on, and the DTE showed zero. After reading 'BigJGCfan's' post I went out to check it again. Our mileage since fill up was 326. Our average mpg was 14.5. So it used 22.5 gallons of gas. Enough to coincidentally turn on the Fuel Warning Light. So what I'm wondering here is how a guy who goes to buy a new trailer to haul his 620 Horse 572 Cubin Inch '68 Camaro can be dumb enough to post this "Gas Gauge Quit' here. The answer is simple, getting old sucks!
Yes getting older SUCKS, LOL.. i am hitting 51 in Sept.. and problems with lwr back, knees, need eye glasses for reading..kinda getting a little more forgetfull, brain is not as sharp as it use to be.. Oh well, still having fun and living my life.
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