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post #1 of 14 Old 08-01-2005, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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Fuel not full

This problem started yesterday as I filled up before leaving town on one fantastic ride. The gauge showed the full 5 bars as I left the gas station. About 3 miles down the road it was down to 4 bars. Thinking maybe air bubble in tank no big deal. This morning had to fill-up same thing again. I made sure to shake every bit of extra air space out of the tank. Anyone else run into this problem?
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-01-2005, 07:44 AM
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Had something similar on Saturday. Filled up but didn't check the level then (well, it looked full when I locked the cap down). Noticed a little bit later that it was 4 bars, thought "huh?". Checked a while later, it was back to 5. Double "huh". Didn't seem to have a problem after that.

BTW, I filled the tank on the centerstand.

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post #3 of 14 Old 08-01-2005, 12:46 PM
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I have noticed that sometimes after a fill up it only goes to 4 bars. After a couple of miles, the 5th bar kicks in. Not sure why there is such a delay.
 
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I have noticed that sometimes after a fill up it only goes to 4 bars. After a couple of miles, the 5th bar kicks in. Not sure why there is such a delay.
Same here. Once in a while. The sensor might not get a chance to settle.
When I take off quickly.

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post #5 of 14 Old 08-02-2005, 10:09 AM
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I can think of at least 3 or 4 people who have seen this issue. One reported cleaning the fuel sensor fixed it.

Another got a new sensor but the problem reoccured.

Mine never reads the top bar anymore. When the 4th bar goes, I have used about 2 3rds of the tank
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Thanks for the info. Just like everyone said comes and goes. Filled up the other day 4 bars drove home let the the sit over night. Next day 5 bars, go figure. This is one problem I can live with!
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post #7 of 14 Old 09-13-2005, 12:50 PM
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Fuel bars

I can make my bars change just by droping off the centerstand. No biggie. I know how many miles I can go on a tank.
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post #8 of 14 Old 09-13-2005, 02:33 PM
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I noticed that when I filled the tank on my centerstand..the guage would act odd. Like the original poster..the top bar would mysteriously disappear quickly.

I had to remove the centerstand when I installed my new Wilbers shock and when I fill the tank now, I start off with the bike leaning on sidestand then raise it to vertical to top it off. No weird fuel gauge affects.

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post #9 of 14 Old 09-13-2005, 09:23 PM
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Ya know, I keep seeing 4 bars now, too. I never had this problem before this thready was posted - it's all AndyB's fault! :roll:

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I'm a programmer and this is something we would call an 'undocumented feature'.

My fuel gauge will often read full right after it is fueled (go figure), then drop to 4 bars after a couple of miles, stay at 4 bars for about 10 miles, and then return to full. It reads normally after that.
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