Recently while playin with the kids I got my 2002 expedition (2wd/eddie bauer) stuck in soft sand. After getting her out, I noticed my fuel gauge was now reading "half" full when almost empty. Of course, I didn't become aware of the issue until I made a 50 mile trip on what I thought was a half a tank and ran outta gas while at my destination.
Has anyone had an issue with the gas gauge reading almost half a tank when it's actually empty??? I mean EMPTY!!! Gauge says half and the poor truck will start to die when coming to a stop (no fuel to the sending unit...). I'm gonna pressure wash the undercarriage (since I believe the problem started after getting stuck in the sand...)....
It's as if the truck believes it has half a tank when it's really empty. When you put half a tank worth of gas, the tank reads full. Unfortunately, due to today's economy, I have not been able to fill the tank and do not know what the response will be.
So it is not "stuck" at half, that is just the knew empty spot. And no....it does not bounce around. It works just fine, at least between half and full.
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I suggest that you disconnect your battery for a couple of minutes and while you are waiting clean the posts and terminals. The cleaning might not cure the problem but it's a maint. thing that is often overlooked. Then reconnect the battery and that resets the CPU, hopefully that will cure it. The next step would be to drop the tank and clean the connection at the tank. I would try the battery first.
It has been awhile, but I am still dealing with this problem with the following variations:
1. When gas gauge drops slightly below half, the engine wants to, and sometimes does, die when coming to a stop.
2. I ran her till she was completely out of gas and would no longer restart today. Gas gauge was reading 1/4 tank. I had a 2 gallon can with me and kept on truckin...
I was hoping it would drop to empty if I just ran it, but to no avail. Although, I haven't seen her at 1/4 tank since this all began.
How can I get her back to normal???
I used to run her below the "E" line and didn't have this stalling out problem!
Had the same issue on my 2000 Expedition and dropped the tank. Put another sending unit on, with the float, strapped the tank back up and found that it did not resolve the issue. Is there something else I'm missing? Anyone?
Last edited by dukeofamesbury; 01-31-2011 at 09:12 AM.
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