Chevrolet Colorado Problems

Erratic Fuel Gauge Operation on Chevrolet Colorado

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The fuel level sensor in the fuel tank may fail causing erratic fuel gauge operation. Our technicians tell us that on high mileage vehicles you may wish to replace the complete fuel pump module assembly if this condition occurs.

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Chevrolet Colorado Vehicles With This Problem

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Average mileage: 96,831 (30,000–227,000)
9 model years affected: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, more2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
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Fuel gauge show up as about 1/8 full. Then dies in the middle of roadway. Sounded like there was no gas. Got me a gallon and it fired up. Originally thought that it was the ignition sensor lock not letting the engine start. But apparently it was the sensor. May be best to keep a gallon of fuel in the truck from now on
fuel gauge has been off for over a year and has gradually gotten worse. shows full when I know level is at 1/4 tank or less. have not fixed it yet. should be a recall on this crap
Mine did the 1/4 tank running out of gas too- keep a can of gas in back as well. Now the gauge completely stopped working, shows empty on a full tank. apparently need a sending unit?
Haven't fixed it. Gas Gauge shows empty when full, 1/4 tank when its actually at 3/4 correct at 1/2. You get the gist.
fuel gauge will show full then it may show 1/4 tank then it may go back to full just does not show correct amount
April 1st my engine quit and I coasted to a parking spot. Gas Gauge still showed just under 1/4 tank. Towed it in to the dealer and they said I was out of gas. They dropped the tank and replaced the fuel sensor. I got down below a 1/4 tank again a couple of days ago and the engine quit again. I walked 4 miles round trip to get a can of gas and it started right up. Tank was empty again. I took it to the dealer with a full tank and said he could find no problem. Everything checked out okay. Could not repeat the problem. Said to bring it back again if it does it again and it is empty. Presently I am driving around with a can of gas in my car.
Twice my engine on my Colorado has shut down when gauge reaches 1/4 of a tank. I put gas in it and it starts right up. I always reset my trip odometer when I fill up and approximately when it gets low. I have had other flaky electrical bugs with this truck: dash lights flicker now and then(months apart), cruise control may not work once in awhile(months apart), abs light comes on when below freezing, etc,etc. Just hit over 100k on 3-30-2015, so truck still runs despite the Chevy electrical gremlins!!!
"Low Fuel" now means NO FUEL! I used to get 30 miles with the low fuel indicator on. Now I am out of gas when the indicator comes on. Is this worth fixing?
Bought this truck used and after driving for 3 days it was showing I only had 1/4 tank left. The next day it showed full. We were told that we needed to change the fuel pump to fix the problem. I hope when we pick it up its fixed
Fuel gauge read 1/4 tank left and ran out of gas then read 1/2 tank of gas and ran out, finally read almost 3/4 tank left and ran out of gas... Fuel sensor and installation roughly $425.00!
Ran out of gas and the tank said it was over a 1/4 full multiple times. Haven't gotten it fixed just keep it full all the time
Had problem over a couple of years, started with needle 2 ticks over empty now get to 1/4 and out of gas!
Truck runs out of gas but shows 1/4 tank I fill it with a 1 gallon gas can and it starts right up