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It happens once out of every 10 starts anytime during the day.
When the gas gauge reading is above 3/4 of a tank, it reflects an accurate reading of the amount of gas present. But once the gauge reaches aroung 3/4 of a tank, the gauge needle drops straight to "E". It sometimes teaders between 1/2 tank and "E" but after a time will eventually remain on "E". I've experimented a couple of times by filling up the tank when this happens. It would only take 3-5 gallons to fill it back up. What could cause this to happen. Could it be the fuel pump. Mainly in the morning when I start the car, quite often I smell a strong gas odor. A mechanic told me that starting it up fist thing in the morning and smelling gas would not be unusual. But in my mind, the smell is too strong!! What could be the problem?