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: 121,368 (30,000–256,000)
10 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
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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.
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Gas gauge reading empty. Just replaced fuel level sensor and still doing the same. Dont know what else to do
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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.
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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.
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Same as everyone else. Gauge starts jumping all over. I replaced the pump and sending unit it, and now i am stuck on E.
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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.
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Haven't fixed it, I keep track of miles driven to know when to get gas. It's annoying...
erratic fuel gauge. Drops to empty at stop lights and sometimes when driving down a smooth stretch of road. Not fixed yet.
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.
Same problem.... fuel gauge shows empty all the time. Low fuel light always stays on. Need to have a recall....
Same problem We need a recall
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
Have experienced the erratic fuel gauge problem reported here for at least 3 years and read that it's caused by a bad fuel sensor. I've also over the past 6 months had an issue whereby the ignition won't turn over sometimes. It presents itself as a starter problem but it's not the starter, alternator, or battery; all have been checked. Could this be related to the fuel sensor or fuel pump?
I fill the tank & drive home. Approx. 5-6 Miles. The next time I start the truck, Gauge will show approximately 1/2 to 3/4 full even though It was just filled, Called the dealer (James Chevrolet) they say, No recalls or problems for that year, but they will diagnose the problem for $95. Big help!!
The fuel sensor is reading low fuel when it has a half a tank of gas or it will get stuck on 60 miles and stays there.
Just started having problem going to replace fuel sensor this weekend
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