Erratic Fuel Gauge Operation on Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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.

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Average mileage: 120,570 (30,000–256,000)
12 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013
186 people reported this problem
111 people shared problem details
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.
FUEL LIGHT COMES ON AN FUEL GAGE GOES TO (E)WHEN TANK IS FULL,OR IDELING FOR LONG PIRED OF TIME,IF I PUT TRUCK IN(R)THEN BACK IN (P)PARK EVERYTHING WORKS LIKE IT SHOULD.
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.
Haven't fixed it, I keep track of miles driven to know when to get gas. It's annoying...
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
Fuel Gauge level reads incorrect.
Have the same problem the fuel gauge goes from empty to various readings.So frustrating.
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
Fuel gauge gives various readings at random times. Fuel gauge sensor has gone bad.
Goes to empty and flies back to actual amount
fuel gauge erractic readings. moves around while driving. have to use my trip odometer to keep track
The fuel gauge indication gives false readings.
At about 50k miles Fuel gauge stops working shows it as empty even if it's full after a while it will read right ... I have already changed the fuel pump at 135000 miles and it worked fine for about 6 months then started doing it again it has about 235000 on it now
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