Silverado 1500

Erratic Fuel Gauge Operation on Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 120,750 (14,100–256,000)
14 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
230 people reported this problem
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Gas gauge reading empty. Just replaced fuel level sensor and still doing the same. Dont know what else to do
Fuel sensor gauge never reads correctly. It continuously jumps between full and empty while I'm driving or while I'm at a light. I have to use keep track of how much gas I actually have by keeping track of how many miles I've driven since the last fill up. Chevrolet needs to do a recall of this issue.
Just after the warranty expired the fuel gauge started acting up. When you fill the truck up with fuel it tells me I'm out of gas. Sometimes when I hit a bump the fuel gauge will seem to work briefly. It does seem to work properly as the fuel in the tank gets closer to empty.
Fuel gauge is erratic and not accurate. When I stop the gauge goes to empty and the low fuel light comes on.
After driving several miles, it will correct itself but the same thing happens when I stop. Dealer says it could be two different things causing the problems and each one is $500 to fix each one. Other people I know have the same problem. General Motors needs to do a recall. I'm keeping track of my milage.
Same as everyone else. Gauge starts jumping all over. I replaced the pump and sending unit it, and now i am stuck on E.
I have the same problem. Sometimes the gauge will read completely empty even on a full tank. Sometimes when I hit a bump it will read empty or will go back to the true level. Very annoying how hard and expensive it is to replace the sensor.
Same problem.... fuel gauge shows empty all the time. Low fuel light always stays on. Need to have a recall....
erratic fuel gauge. Drops to empty at stop lights and sometimes when driving down a smooth stretch of road. Not fixed yet.
Have the same problem the fuel gauge goes from empty to various readings.So frustrating.
1st noticed it when gauge read 1/4 tank and I ran out then when I filled it,, it reads empty as i drive it goes up VERY slowly to full most of the tome but on occasion it goes up only to drop back to empty
Haven't fixed it, I keep track of miles driven to know when to get gas. It's annoying...
Fuel Gauge level reads incorrect.
Goes to empty and flies back to actual amount
When ignition is turned off and engine restarted the fuel low warning light always comes on and the guage reads empty and slowly rises (it takes about 10 minutes) to what I assume is the correct fuel level.
Same problem We need a recall
My fuel Guage only works sporadically most of the time it shows empty with fuel light coming on. Haven't fixed it yet but I will probably just install a new fuel pump...
Fuel gauge gives various readings at random times. Fuel gauge sensor has gone bad.
fuel gauge erractic readings. moves around while driving. have to use my trip odometer to keep track