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Old 05-28-2011, 01:51 AM
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Default Fuel data error

After doing a long drive & the fuel tank 1/8 to being empty, all of a sudden the fuel light went up & the indicator to E (empty). So I scramble to find a station.

While parked, I use the message center & scroll to fuel & got this message - "FUEL DATA ERROR". Put some gas when I start the car, it went back to normal.

Anybody have any idea or same problem before.
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Old 05-28-2011, 06:35 AM
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The trip computer uses the fuel level sender in the tank to calculate the number of miles till empty. Sending units are not perfecly linear especially at "full" and "empty". I have seen mine jump from 25 miles till empty back up to 350 miles till empty when the tank got real low. I do not think you have anything to worry about.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:57 AM
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I usually fill up when I see the readout is about 100 miles. I don't like to run it down to all but empty. One time I didn't notice how low the level was until it was about 25 miles to empty. When I filled it up the gauge only read about 1/2 tank. Took about 15 minutes for the gauge to get back to full. Just figured something got confused when it got that low. I didn't get the error message you did though. That was the only time that ever happend. I agree, it's not really something to worry about. I personally do not like to run the tank down too far as I think you increase the chances of having issues with the fuel gauge reading properly. There are a few threads on that if you search a little.
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Old 05-29-2011, 12:39 AM
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Not too worried. Just curious why the big jump in the fuel gauge. I don't normally run my tank low too but sometimes it happens when you are on a road trip.
I'll try to search next time & see if something pops out related top this.
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Mine does the same thing when I run too low. I dont think it's a problem per se but rather a symptom of a tank that's too low to calculate properly.
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