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Old 01-10-2009, 12:19 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Is this a notorious Jeep problem??

My current TJ, my 97, and my buddies 91 all have one annoying thing in common... The fuel gauge is off.

Is anyone else having this minor, but irritating problem? Every time I fill up my tank from the line, I only put in a little over 16 gallons. From half a tank exactly, I only put in about 7.5 gallons. It also seems like as soon as it gets to the red area, the gauge starts moving down really fast, when I fill up after the needle points past the line, to the E, I only put in about 16.5 gallons. One of these days I'm going to carry around a gas can and drive till I run out to see how far I can go past the line. (Seinfeld comes to mind)

Is there a float in the tank that gets waterlogged? Would I have to drop the tank to fix this?

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My '01 and my current '06 are the same way. I usually don't let it get too low though. I always fill up around 1/4 tank just in case I need to leave in a hurry. I don't want to have to stop for gas in an emergency.

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Mine does the same thing. In my opinion its like that just to scare u.
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Old 01-10-2009, 05:38 AM   #5
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Mine does the same,my theroy is that the angle the float is so low being the tank is so deep,once it reaches the 1/4 tank it seems to drop faster
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:38 AM   #6
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mine does the same also. annoying but i just watch the trip. and also i try not to let my vehicles get under half a tank, unless im doing a road trip
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It's common, the sender is the problem. They start off fairly accurate and then the gasoline in the tank starts washing away a protective coating over the sender and it is inaccurate after that. Not much you can do about it. I pay more attention to my trip odometer than my fuel gauge to know how much gas is truly in the tank.
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:40 AM   #8
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:31 PM   #9
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Mine does the same thing. In my opinion its like that just to scare u.
I know a lot of companies do that just so your less likely to run out, but 4 gallons of safety fuel?
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I know a lot of companies do that just so your less likely to run out, but 4 gallons of safety fuel?
3 gallons of safety in a wrangler will get u no where
You feel more nervous if you dont know how much you have left or the arrow is completely off to the side. Most of the times you'd even change ur driving style until u see a gas station.

The most i have ever filled up was just above 18 gallons and i gotta tell u in my head it felt like it will die any moment.

I allways thought it went down faster because the tank gets smaller on the bottom because of all the bends and curves and such things. And then the reserve fuel would fill up a bit at a time.
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Mine (98) has never been accurate on the low side.
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:05 PM   #12
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google --- tsb for jeep wrangler

youll find a site which lists all the recalls and tsb.

while your looking please stop and laugh at how my 97 wrangler has over seventy.
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My 97 won't show more than 3/4 tank, when it is topped off to the max.
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mine does the same thing too panhead.
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Mine bounces around. The lower it gets the more the needles jumps. I just go a certain distance on the trip meter.
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Mine does almost the same thing.Once youget to a little below a half tank, if I shut the jeep off , the next time I start it it goes up to the level of gas in the tank, then drops to empty
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just a random ?, how many gallon tank do i have, 2004 wrangler x
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just a random ?, how many gallon tank do i have, 2004 wrangler x
19 gallon.
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Old 01-11-2009, 10:32 PM   #19
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My 97 Sport is the same way. It will show completely full when topped off but then comes down to 3/4 pretty quick. It then takes a while to get down but when it is just below 1/4 the tank is about empty.....
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:22 AM   #20
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haha how bout my 97 it has the 15-16 gallon tank but I did the vent tube mod. I can put 21 gallons in it. The needle almost spins around it goes so far to the right! Then when I get to about a 1/4 tank from that point to E I have 25 miles then from that 25 miles depending on how I drive it I can go another 50 miles. From that fifty I have 3 gallons left but can't seem to drive those 3 gallons out! LOL Jerry Cans here I come!
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will dealers do all of the recalls for free?
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will dealers do all of the recalls for free?
that would be something worth seeing. They barely even do things under warranty.
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will dealers do all of the recalls for free?
If it is a Recall, yes the dealers are required to perform it for affected/included vehicles at no charge. Recalls are safety related so dealerships have no leeway, they must perform it at no charge.

TSBs (Technical Service Bulletins) are totally different and you must pay for those. TSBs are only advisory for common problems that the dealers are having trouble fixing. Again, totally different from a Recall where the dealer must legally perform it for free if your VIN # is included in the Recall which is a Federally enforced program.
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If it is a Recall, yes the dealers are required to perform it for affected/included vehicles at no charge. Recalls are safety related so dealerships have no leeway, they must perform it at no charge.
even the fact that according to his sig, his is 97?
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even the fact that according to his sig, his is 97?
Yes, I got a letter in the mail last week for a 96 F-250 I sold 9 years ago. They want the vehicle to come in for the recall work to be performed.
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There is no expiration date for a Recall which, again, is always safety related.

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