Check Engine Light and Erratic Fuel Gauge Operation on Isuzu Rodeo

The fuel level sensor may fail resulting in erratic fuel gauge operation and illumination of the Check Engine Light. Replacement of the fuel sender assembly is recommended to correct this concern. A powertrain control module (PCM) software update may be necessary for the updated fuel level sensor to read correctly.

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Average mileage: 139,149 (132–245,166)
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
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Sending unit on fuel pump stopped working and gague contunially reads empty.
My fuel gauge is way off right after I replaced the fuel pump module. Found a service bulletin saying that computer needs to be re-programed when you replace module. I will try and get it re-programed soon and I will let you know.
1999 Isuzu Rodeo 98,500 mi,
fuel pump sending unit said emtpy wind full of gas
1998 Isuzu Rodeo 144,000 mi,
My fuel gauge reads empty with a full tank. Replaced the dash cluster as well as the fuel pump/sending unit. ZZStill the same problem.
Erratic fuel indicator, motor fan runs, engine light on. Have not had tome to repair
1998 Isuzu Rodeo 115,000 mi,
PUT 30.00 DOLLARS W/GAS IN IT IT WORKED WHEN TURNED KEY ON FOR ABOUT 5 MINUTES THEN WENT NUTS AND LIT LOW FUEL LITE AGAIN.
A Firestone mechanic replaced the fuel pump. The gas gauge now reads empty all the time. The vehicle has been in the shop for almost 3 weeks and they still are unable to get the fuel gauge to work. Edit: After putting 3 different fuel pumps on my Rodeo, Firestone took the Rodeo to a shop that specializes in Isuzu's. The new shop fixed the problem. According to Firestone, one of their mechanics had inadvertently broken a wire that was not supposed to be broken. The new shop replaced a wiring harness and now the fuel gauge works.
1999 Isuzu Rodeo 150,000 mi,
At approximately 50,000 miles the fuel gauge began reading empty when I knew it was more than half full. It was replaced under warranty. Then it occurred again at about 150,000 miles. The fuel indicator would go down much faster than fuel was actually being consumed. Sometimes it would work correctly, sometimes not. The problem continued to get worse, but I never had it replaced because I felt the estimates I was getting were too expensive when I could just estimate my fuel level by the odometer. Now, at over 300,000 the fuel gauge barely works at all and I'm also having issues with the check engine light coming on intermittently, or flashing. I didn't think the two issues were related until I read this, though I did have a mechanic tell me they may be related last summer when I had the catalytic converters replaced. Yeah, I know, I should have listened. Isuzu clearly had issues with this fuel gauge, maybe that's part of the reason they couldn't succeed in the most lucrative auto market in the U.S.
my fuel gauge will not move off E
Fuel gauge shows empty when full & cold; when warm goes to 3/4 full no more no less.
2000 Isuzu Rodeo 212,000 mi,
Gas gaude is bouncing around and the low gas warning light comes off and on as the guage moves. Haven't fixed it yet..have other more pressing issues...AC pump went out...sigh. BUT..still love the car.
Gauge does work suddenly as of two days ago, but only while idling, put it in gear and accelerate and the needle goes back down. I always fill completely every 300 miles. Manual transmission.
1999 Isuzu Rodeo 132 mi,
Eratic fuel guage
1998 Isuzu Rodeo 186,000 mi,
Always shows empty
1998 Isuzu Rodeo 145,000 mi,
Replaced the fuel sending unit in my 98 Rodeo 3 years ago ever since I replaced it fuel gauge reads empty. Read that it needed new software update to fix this problem. Have had it to lots of garages to see if they can fix it. Nobody has the software. Does anyone know if there is any place around Lancaster, Pa that might have the software?
2001 Isuzu Rodeo 70,000 mi,
This is the 2nd time. First time I had to take over a few towns, as Isuzu dealership near me closed. Isuzu dealer had to remove the fuel tank and do something. They said it WAS NOT covered under warranty and I had to pay. I mentioned about what I saw online even back at that time. Too many to not be a company issue. And was informed no. Guess that is why they were closing up shop as they don't back their products! Shame as Isuzu was a good suv/truck one time. That was about 10 years ago. There are no more Isuzu Rodeo dealers near me. the closest is 111 miles away. Not an option. And having issue again. Guess I have to try my local mechanic
ECU REPLACED WITH ANOTHER THEN CAR ENGINE COULD START
1999 Isuzu Rodeo 160,000 mi,
I've been experiencing increasingly erractic operation of the fuel sensor/gas guage. It seems to work normally when the tank is full to half full, but then the gas gauge needle swings wildly and the low fuel warning light blinks off and on. Beginning about a year prior to the gas gauge issue, I began having a lot of problems with the check engine light coming on randomly. When I had it checked, I was told it was nothing to worry about. After a few days to a few weeks, the check engine light would often go off on its own.
same fuel gauge problem where is the sensor
2001 Isuzu Rodeo 78,900 mi,
Check engine light on, code says fuel sensor, cannot pump gas continuously, stops every few seconds estimate to fix $580-800