Fill your tank, set your odometer at zero, and fill at three hundred mile increments until the guage fixes itself. I would guess no more than two fillups would do it, especially if you give that left front tire a "kick."
how many miles has it been stuck at 7 bars? The gage is not very linear, and it is not uncommon that it may stay at a bar level for a while, and then suddenly drop 2 bars relatively quickly, depending on your driving style and terrain.
did you recently refuel with less than 3 gallons of fuel? The gage will not change with such a small refill amount.
First thanks for replying so fast.
I have filled it up 3 times since it got stuck.
I am not a novice to the quirks of the car, I have had it almost 20 months (and I would buy another in a heartbeat) .
I will try the 300 mile fillup
Thanks for your help.
By the way I adverage 45 mph winter , 50 mph summer, 25,000 milesThanks again
"My gas gauge has stopped functioning."
Have you had the factory "fix" done on your gas guage..? Some 04's had a service bulletin on the guage.. The problem was not for sticking in one spot but (If Needed) you might get the dealer involved in your problem that way..
Alanlpa, don't jump to do the gas gauge fix on the 04. First, I don't think it was meant to address your issue. Second, it does absolutely nothing to address the original issue, which was the non-linearity and inaccuracy of the gauge. The problem really is the sac inside the tank which changes capacity in reaction to varying temps. Third, if you have a VIN that qualifies you for both phases of the "fix" (i.e., the filler pipe and the new gauge), they need to dismantle your dash. My dash has continually been slightly "bouncy" on rough roads since they did that, even though I've had it back 3 times for repair. My suspician is that there are several dash parts that are just unsupported, including the pod - or the mirror- that hang from under a long, unsupported part of the dash.
In winter, I can't squeeze in more than 6 gallons of gas even when I'm down to one pip. I lose the 1st one quickly, and it goes capriciously from there. For some reason, the 3rd to last pip hangs around for over 100 miles usually. I just fill up at 1 pip. In the winter, that's about 300 miles.
Alan wrote: "My gas gauge has stopped functioning. It stays on about 7 squares." "
He didn't say it took a long time for the guage to move.. He said it DIDN'T WORK at ALL..
That being the case, one would expect dealer involvement... one way or another.
My gauge has been stuck 3 times; once about 6 fill-ups ago and now the last two fill-ups. Two weeks ago it got stuck in the same place as other's, namely at approx 7 pips. It cleared up after 60 miles. However, this past Sunday when I filled-up and took 5.1 gallons of fuel the gauge was at 7 pips and now 3 days later and 175 miles, it still reads 7 pips.
Do you think it is "Dealer Time" or should I wait it out? :?: