It is common for the fuel level sensor in the fuel tank read the fuel level incorrectly. The sensor must be replaced to correct the condition. Our technicians recommend having the complete fuel pump module replaced on high mileage vehicles.
Car Problem Reports
GMC Sierra 1500 Fuel Level Sensor Failure
GMC Sierra 1500 Problem
Average Mileage: 101,710 mi (12,000 mi - 196,865 mi)
Visitor, 2000 GMC Sierra 1500
Truck will be idle, low fuel light comes on. I can start the truck, and will have full tank of gas, will say low fuel
Visitor, 2001 GMC Sierra 1500
no matter how much fuel is in the tank the guage always shows empty, getting very frustrated
Visitor, 2010 GMC Sierra 1500, 12,000 mi
As an example, I can go out and start my truck, and the fuel range indicator read "75 mile range" left to travel and the fuel gauge stating I have about an 1/8th of a tank of gas left. Go about two (2) miles down the road to the hardware store, go inside, come out and start the truck and the "low fuel warning" light will be on and the fuel gauge indicator will be buried on E. When this situation happens and I will stop and fill it up only to discover that it will only take between 15 to 21 gallons max. The window sticker and manual for this truck indicates it has a 26 gallon fuel tank. GM said this is normal to have variations in fuel ranges. Probably my last GM vehicle.
Visitor, 2000 GMC Sierra 1500, 120,000 mi
I bought the truck new in 2000,This problem with the fuel sensor occur right after I had the throttle body replaced in 2005, the service rep at the GMC dealer told me at that time it would cost in the neighborhood of $500 to repair I,ve always had a whistling sound coming from the gas tank since the truck was new, I have just put up with the imperfection since
Visitor, 2005 GMC Sierra 1500, 54,300 mi
Fuel guage inaccurate. Fuel guage reads empty but tank takes only 14 gallons.
Visitor, 2001 GMC Sierra 1500, 89,531 mi
The low fuel light and fuel guage both indicate no fuel, yet I may have just filled the tank. The light and guage make alternately go on and off at any time, moving or stopped and with any amount of fuel in the tank.
The problem has not been repaired yet.
Visitor, 1999 GMC Sierra 1500, 137,300 mi
When the fuel tank is full, the fuel gauge indicates empty. The fuel gauge fluctuates back and forth until the fuel level is one half or three quarters full. I have not repaired the problem yet.
Visitor, 1999 GMC Sierra 1500, 70,000 mi
new fuel pump
Visitor, 2005 GMC Sierra 1500, 57,000 mi
FUEL GAUGE GOES 1/4 TO EMPTY AFTER U PUT IT IN GEAR. I PULL UP ON A GRADE AND IT GOES BACK UP TO 1/4.
Visitor, 2001 GMC Sierra 1500, 120,000 mi
fuel gage goes between quartertohalf to3quarters tofull and toempty you never know