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2007 Saturn Relay Question: fuel tank

 

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lindaruth, 3.9L V6, Girard, OH, February 08, 2010, 09:21
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I am considering purchasing a 2007 Relay, however, I have heard there is a problem with the position of the fuel tank - if you are on an incline and you have less than 1/2 tank of gas, the vehicle will stall out and respond as empty. Is this true? IS this something I should be leery of?

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, February 08, 2010, 10:55
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    What you are describing is a possible design flaw, but we haven't heard of it. I looked at the service bulletins and there is some info about the fuel level sensor having issues, so maybe that is the real issue.
    I'm a huge believer in using Chevron Techron Concentrate Plus in your fuel tank once or twice a year, it helps to keep these fuel level sensors clean and working properly. Here is more info:http://bit.ly/Techron_Concentrate_Plus

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    Visitor, March 18, 2010, 14:51

    I own a Relay and this is indeed the truth. Two winters ago, my family drove out to a child's birthday party about 30 minutes away. I parked the Relay on an incline with over 1/4 tank of gas, and when we came back out it would not start. A call to AAA and two hours later, I found out that if I had put it in neutral and coasted it to a level spot it would have fired right up.

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    Visitor, June 02, 2010, 16:40

    I have a 2005 Relay 2 and I have part of this problem. It seems that if I have 1/2 tank or less and park my van in reverse on an incline, my low fuel signal comes on the display. As soon as I start driving and get level it is fine. When I park front forward on an incline this doesn't happen. If I have a full tank, it will read 1/2 tank or so parked with my rear on an incline.

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    Visitor, August 27, 2010, 09:47

    I have a 2007 Relay and this is a design problem that was recently announced as a recall, however, there is no fix for it. Call your dealer and ask them for the details surrounding the recall...I am trying to find out if htere is some recourse for having bought one of these with such problem that cannot be fixed...lemon law? something? if anyone else knows anything, info would be appreciated.

    I do notice that this seems to only be a problem in the winter, knock on wood, but in the meantime I try to keep my tank at at least half full at all times just in case.

    Good luck!

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    Visitor, December 23, 2010, 11:03

    I own a 2005 Saturn Relay and have found this problem in mine as well! If I stop and restart it the gas gauge goes back to where it should....weird!! Doesn't seem problematic though.

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