Erratic Fuel Gauge and/or Check Engine Light on Nissan Frontier

The fuel level sensor can fail causing erratic or inaccurate fuel gauge readings. The Check Engine Light may also illuminate. Nissan has recalled 2006 - 2008 vehicles only for this fuel gauge issue. For more information on the recall, please click here»

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Average mileage: 86,189 (19,600–160,000)
9 model years affected: 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
129 people reported this problem
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2007 Nissan Frontier105,500
Gas was reading just below half. I stopped to fill it up and the needle didn't move. I shut the truck off and restarted it and the Check Engine Soon Light came on and the fuel gage dropped to empty.
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I have had nothing but problems out of my vehicle and now we are the end of warranty, by 5 months and I am told that I need a Canister Vent Control Valve and a Evaporation Control Canister for my vehicle that has been well taken care of, oil changes regularly, washed and pampered. My vehicle has 77,711 miles on it and it is going to cost me 700 dollars to get it fixed! It was just in the Nissan Dealership for the Gas Sensor that went bad in JUNE, a recall on the airbags in MAY and now this. Nissan has gone down hill and I will be sure to pass it along, that Nissan's now deals with "Throw Away" vehicles! You pay 30 grand for a vehcile to last you 5 years, really???? WOW! I am beyond upset at how Nissan handles their customers, vehicles and warranties! NEXT TIME I WILL BUY A CHEVY!
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Fuel sensor doesnt work. Nissan decided it would be best to cover some vehicles but not others with the identical problem.
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08 Frontier. Fuel sensor failed, check engine light stays on. Contacted Nissan since this was a known defect and after giving them my VIN #, they said they couldn't cover the repairs, even though the recall was supposed to cover the 08 models. Took my complaint all the way to the Corporate level and they still wouldn't honor repair work on a KNOWN DEFECT for that model year.
Mileage is approximate but when I fill the tank with fuel, the fuel gauge goes to empty, the low fuel light comes on, then the service engine soon light comes on. Drive it a couple of days and the fuel gauge slowly returns to normal. Happens every time I add fuel.
Had erratic fuel gauge readings for 40,000 miles (I purchased used with 40,000 already on it)... Check engine light just came on so I purchased an OBD 2 scanner and got the P0463 code related to a bad fuel level sensor.
fuel sensor failure has not been replaced
Non functioning or incorrect fuel level readings. New fuel sender installed.
check engine light coming on the when I fuel the gauge does not work for a while then it resets.
The check engine light is on after replacing gas cap and other parts. Now my mechanic said that the problem is in the gas tank valve. No solution yet.
2007 Nissan Frontier127,000
P0463 just occurred
2007 Nissan Frontier108,000
when I fill the tank the gauge stops working and the service engine light comes on. After the fuel drops a little it starts working again. The check eng. light is a new problem.
2008 Nissan Frontier129,000
fuel gauge stays on empty when I fill it up. Sometimes it will go to a half then back to empty
filled up and gas gage went to near empty and service engine soon light came on. Used OBD scanner and got the PO463 code
I filled up at the gas tank. After leaving I noticed my fuel gauge read empty. I disconnected my battery hoping to restart the computer and acquire a more accurate reading but my endeavor failed. I put more gas in my tank to make sure the station didn't just charge me for gas fumes. Seeing that my tank was indeed full, my fuel gauge relayed an even lower amount of fuel. Never had this problem with my 40 year old Vette, why a ten year old truck?
2007 Nissan Frontier108,020
Fuel gauge went wacko & check engine light came on , ran the code P4063 same as everyone else.
Filled up and gushed reads empty with light on
Nissan Consumer Affairs said I have to take the truck with the design flaw (e.g. failed fuel sending unit) to a Nissan dealer and pay to have it diagnosed (though the problem is already known to me as being the design flaw of a failed fuel sending unit) after which they would investigate to see if they can provide assistance to repair it though they admitted the possibility was so remote as to be nil (e.g. they aren't going to repair it). The bottom line is I purchased a new Nissan Frontier which I had carefully maintained by a local certified master mechanic (not a Nissan dealership) and it came with a design flaw (e.g. fuel sending unit) that they want me to pay over a hundred dollars to have diagnosed at one of their dealerships after which they aren't going to fix for me (despite the face saving act of Nissan Consumer Affairs). You Nissan pay for a new vehicle new which has a design flaw. Then you pay Nissan a substantial fee to have the known design flaw "diagnosed" at their dealership. Finally you pay a much larger fee to have the Nissan design flaw repaired. Nissan displayed zero integrity in failing to pay to have the design flaw repaired, at their cost. Furthermore, the policy they developed to "save face" is disingenuous and designed only to increase their profit further.
2005 Nissan Frontier140,000
Not fixed yet. Fuel gauge has erratic readings. Takes 30 minutes to read full after gassing up. Have to turn off for a minute and back on sometimes. Other times it just goes to empty all the sudden..usually after having 150miles on a tank.
The first time I discovered this problem shortly after I fill up the gas tank, the gas gauge read Empty and low-gas warning light stayed ON. I have since learned to to read the Error-code via a combination of turning the ignition key off-on, etc. It read: gas gauge sensor failed (inside the gas tank). This is 2007 Nissan Frontier truck. I contacted Nissan and was informed the 2006 and 2008 were covered, not 2007. Useless Nissan, learn to stand behind your product. FYI, this is my 3rd Nissan truck. I am just so surprised that a long time vehicle maker such as Nissan forgot how to make a gas gauge sensor?
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