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    gas gauge problem

    whats good guys, got my first sti, was driving ran out of gas while the gas gauge said i had a quarter of a tank left, i was livid, because i thought i was a bigger issue since my gauge said i still had gas, any ideas as to why my gauge is a quarter tank off? thanks in advance.
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    No ideas yet. Run a few more tanks of fuel and see if it improves. My car is not driven often, for example, and the needle is not initially responsive toward the bottom of its range. After a tank or two it goes back to normal.
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    Must be sticking... My gas gauge light comes on when 1/8 of a tank is left and I can still go 100KMs/60Miles...
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    It's a common thing for the level rod to get sticky. Unfortunately, you have to take out the pump assembly to get it back in order, if not to replace it.

    I'd just replace the thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrxdrvr View Post
    Must be sticking... My gas gauge light comes on when 1/8 of a tank is left and I can still go 100KMs/60Miles...
    It's supposed to do that....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anub1s View Post
    It's supposed to do that....
    Yes I know... That's why I was saying that HIS, Gas gauge/sender was sticking, and showing more that was in the tank... Or, I guess his pick up tube may be higher and even tho he has over 1/8 of a tank of gas he runs out...
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    thanks guys, i just climbed under the car and it looks like the PO hit something pretty hard, theres a huge dent in the tank, probably accounts for my problem.
    92' MR2 3sgte
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    Since you discovered the likely cause, my first thought doesn't appear to be the problem.

    Certain brands of gas can lead to inaccurate readings, unfortunately this is usually the brand of gas your car is ultimately most happy with. Running a tank or two of another brand, hopefully "the next best thing", can cure the problem.
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