Q: Fuel gauge stuck

asked by on January 25, 2017

i filled my car up 2 days ago to full (one click at the gas pump) and i did 2 more clicks like i usually do only this time the gas gauge did not move from 3/4 tank and just fluctuates around it. what do i do?

My car has 10400 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Fuel Gauge Sender Replacement $125.41 - $1062.69 Get a Quote

This is a problem likely related to your fuel tank sending unit. The fuel tank sending unit is a small float type component (or sensor) inside your fuel tank that measures the level of the fuel inside the tank. As the fuel level drops, this change is detected and relayed in the form of a signal to the car’s computer which then displays the reading on the fuel gauge in your dash. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and repair your fuel sending unit.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

rattling noise

Hi there. The rattling to grinding noise, upon start-up, with a/c on could be, the air conditioning compressor developing a bearing problem. It could also be, the a/c compressor is fine and the serpentine drive belt tensioner assembly is weak....

How do you program the Preset buttons on the radio?

Your radio gives you the ability to store up to 30 different presets across both the AM and FM bands. Of course, you’ll need to know how to program them to make the most out of this feature. Here’s what...

Clicking and popping noise

This is a common sign of a failing CV joint. A CV (Constant Velocity) joint is a shaft that connects the transmission to the wheels, essentially transferring the power from the drive train directly to the wheels. The CV joint...

Vehicle dies when I give it gas.

The vehicle may have more than one problem causing this problem. These problems were from things like the coolant sensor giving false readings, engine control modules failing, throttle position sensors failing and the mass air flow sensors failing. All of...

I have a BMW e39 and I wanna add a keypad ignition I was Wondering if you can explain how to install it

You can obtain a keypad ignition system for security on you vehicle and install it into your vehicle with little effort. You can supply the keypad system with a USB port like a cell phone, but make sure that the...

Brakes not pumping up.

The best thing to do with a new master cylinder is to bench bleed it. Here's how: You use a vice to grab the nubs of the master cylinder and mount it up about waist high. If you don't...

Remote key is not working

Hello. The symptoms you are experiencing can be caused by a few things. The first thing I would do is make sure that the remote key fob is not low on battery. A low battery can cause the remote, and...

Speedometer stopped working, how do I repair it? 2003 Audi A6

Hello - most likely the speedometer sensor has failed, or the wiring to it has become disconnected. Check that first. It's also possible that the speedometer sensor drive gear has failed (small plastic gear), or the instrument panel speedo gauge...

when I turn left it makes a grinding scraping sound brakes are good but wheel wobbles up down

The problem is going to be in the hub bearings are worn out. This will cause the noise and tire wear on the inside. You should have the hub bearing replaced and also recommend having the other side replaced also...

Related articles

A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid
Over Over the past few years, we’ve seen a major trend toward people choosing crossover utility vehicles (CUVs) over larger SUVs. The big motivator here, of course, is buying a more eco-friendly vehicle that will also save you a bundle...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Love Road Trips
If If you love to travel, comfort is very important in a vehicle. You want a nice, quiet ride, comfortable seating, and enough room. We have evaluated several used vehicles, and narrowed our favorite road trip vehicles down to the...
2012 Ford Escape vs. 2012 Honda CR-V: Which One Should I Buy?
SUVs represent one out of every three vehicles sold in 2012, making them one of the most-purchased types of vehicles in the country during that time period. Compact SUVs are a sub-class that are slightly smaller and offer the most...