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03 2.2 Z24 Fuel Needle Way Past Full

11-10-2012, 12:08 AM
Hey guys, so I filled my car up earlier today and took about an hour drive. No problems, as usual. Upon the start up of my car for my trek home, the needle flew past full and would have interlocked with the temperature gauge had the engine been running for a few minutes (it wasn't quite warm enough yet). I drove about another hour highway home, figuring the gauge would fix itself somewhere along the way. After getting home and the gauge still not resetting (although it did retract a bit as to indicate fuel consumption), it was still way above full. I turned the engine off, but the needle stayed where it was and didn't fall back to below empty. When I turned the engine back on, it went to a new position on the gauge. And because is warm now, it does, in fact, stop the temperature needle from increasing to the correct temperature. I tried this a few times, and the fuel needle would go to different spots on the gauge every time. All within the upper quarter, but different spots no less, and only when the engine turned off. When starting up, it was always way past full. I've been reading around in quick threads on other forums and 'ask question' sites and this seems to be a common thing, at least in the 05's from what I've read. Is there anything that I can try before bringing it into the shop? What would they tell me to do?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

11-10-2012, 12:09 PM
My sons car is doing the same thing. On my sons car if the key is turned to off and on just before you start the engine the temp gauge keeps on turning up by a 1/4 till it goes all the way around. I don't care much abought the temp gauge but I do care if the temp gauge jams the speedo. I was thinking of drilling a small hole and inserting a wire to jam the temp gauge to keep it from jamming the speedo.

I also have a question for you do you have a remote starter installed in your car??????

Tech II
11-10-2012, 02:38 PM
It's usually the sending unit in the tank.....

11-12-2012, 06:05 PM
Well, I was able to just sit and knock on the plastic pretty hard for a solid few minutes. It finally dislodged from the position it was in, the needle fell back to the start position and all seems to be well. Has been for two days now. There is no remote start for my car, no.

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