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post #1 of 17 Old 03-16-2014, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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gas guage cycling

It appears I've had my first issue at 9k miles. The gas gauge (fuel meter) continuously cycles. the empty/full bar segments continues to cycle from one bar at the time from empty to full, as if searching. It started a few miles outside Daytona and continued the entire trip and ride back home. My first fix will be to disconnect the battery with hopes it will fix the problem. If that doesn't work, I'll just tape over that portion of the gas gauge, as all other functions appear to work. anyone with a shop manual mind looking up the fault for me?

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-17-2014, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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power disconect had no effect. black tape installed.

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I imagine a stuck float or bad connection would be likely.

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I'm with greywolf.
Find the cause, at 9k miles you shouldn't have to tape over it.

Is the bike still covered under warranty? That would be the first stop.
If its not I would get under my tank and clean the fuel pressure and fuel gauge connections.
If its still funny, I'd pick up my service manual and get the specs for the voltage of the meter, then go from there.
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I have the same problem after 6000km (<4000mi). My M/C mechanic (authorized) and local Suzuki importer (Israel) are checking for the reason. We already tried disconnecting/re-connecting the relevant cable - no help. My mechanic thinks the reason is the float, but at this stage any "guessed" fix will be hours of work - of course at no cost to me (warranty repair) but a pain in the butt in terms of time. So, if anyone has had this problem AND successfully fixed it, please post it.
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post #6 of 17 Old 10-01-2014, 08:42 AM
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I've had that same problem on my '12, with 14,000 miles on. It's intermittant with me. Comes and goes. So far, I don't pay it much mind as I have more confidance in knowing my fuel status by monitoring a tripmeter that's re-set to 0 at every fill up. 225 to 250 miles and I'm looking to re-fuel.
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Got my problem fixed

My mechanic finally got the parts in (under warranty). He replaced the float with its electronics - the float has a little electronic board attached to it. It seems that the problem was in the board. Now everything A-OK.
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After 25,000 miles I noticed that my fuel gauge will cycle a few times when I first turn on the ignition but then it goes to the proper read out. Before it never did this, it would be blank, and then go to full bars (assuming it was full of fuel tho)

Anybody else notice this?!


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After 25,000 miles I noticed that my fuel gauge will cycle a few times when I first turn on the ignition but then it goes to the proper read out. Before it never did this, it would be blank, and then go to full bars (assuming it was full of fuel tho)

Anybody else notice this?!


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I have the same issue on start-up. Sometimes it will incorrectly read empty but correct itself after a couple of minutes.I'm at 16k miles on a 2012.

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I have had it happen intermittently. It would happen for a while and then stop for months. It seemed to happen more often just after filling at different gas stations and I think maybe in rainy weather. It seems to have stopped after reseating the connectors in front of the gas tank. (Ie just behind the steering head.) Don't know for sure if that fixed it or not though as this is one of those things that you can only know if you didn't fix it so it may just be a coincidence.

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