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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: 121,303 (14,100–256,000)
14 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
291 people reported this problem
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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.
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....
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.
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
erratic fuel gauge. Drops to empty at stop lights and sometimes when driving down a smooth stretch of road. Not fixed yet.
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.
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...
I have already had the fuel sensor replaced by the dealer. The problem still exists. They say nothing shows when they scan and they drove it and was unable to replicate it. I put $10 of gas in to raise the level to 1/4 tank and it immediately happened. Is there something else happening?