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Old 11-12-2005, 04:30 PM   #11
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I believe all the newer GM cars have a delay in them. My dad has an 02 Silverado 4x4 and the gas guage is very accurate, and doesn't move at all.
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I believe all the newer GM cars have a delay in them. My dad has an 02 Silverado 4x4 and the gas guage is very accurate, and doesn't move at all.
Hmmm... My friend 99 Malibu is wavy too... I think there were some improvements to the newer models...

Wonder about the 00+ Bonnevilles...

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After replacing the fuel pump in my '99 Bonneville, I think I understand why the gauge is so wacky. It'* the shape of the tank. I was always puzzled why the first half tank on the car lasted so long and then plummeted after that.

the tank is L-shaped with a pretty thick vertical bar of the "L" and a very slim horizontal part. I think that explains the problem.

Lately, my gauge has been fluttering back and forth between full and empty with a fillup, but I discovered that not completely topping it off solved that. It'* not worth the cost of a new fuel sender to me; it'* merely an annoyance.

Almost every car I've ever owned has had some strange anomaly; I guess my Bonneville'* no different.

I really watch the trip odometer more than the gauge, anyway.
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After replacing the fuel pump in my '99 Bonneville, I think I understand why the gauge is so wacky. It'* the shape of the tank. I was always puzzled why the first half tank on the car lasted so long and then plummeted after that.

the tank is L-shaped with a pretty thick vertical bar of the "L" and a very slim horizontal part. I think that explains the problem.

Lately, my gauge has been fluttering back and forth between full and empty with a fillup, but I discovered that not completely topping it off solved that. It'* not worth the cost of a new fuel sender to me; it'* merely an annoyance.

Almost every car I've ever owned has had some strange anomaly; I guess my Bonneville'* no different.

I really watch the trip odometer more than the gauge, anyway.
Thats true... I had the Dinger ( Check Gages ) going off for 29 miles as I was running way low on fuel( got stuck in road work )... The needle was just under the white line for E.... Stopped at the first gas station I could see.... 17.2 Gallons untill the thing clicked, had driven almost 500 miles... I no longer do that... I hit 1/4 tank on the gage or about 420ish then I stop...lol... Yeah they are strange, but we learn to deal with it...

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Mine car has only three buttons. It has the performance shift, normal shift, and traction control.


Your sender may be hosed. My 95, virtual twin to yours (other than ccr/elc :p ) works just fine. One thing I noticed when I replaced the fuel pump in my 93 SSEi, however, is that one of the baffles had broken. Up high, just forward of the sender. It'* possible that may have happened to yours, and a piece of plastic may have lodged in the pivot.

Or your sender is just hosed. Maybe corrosion on the connector under the car?
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