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post #1 of 12 Old 01-17-2006, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Stromette's got a FUEL GAUGE problem....

Bike is 05 DL1k...... The last few gas tanks I've noticed the fuel gauge is not working correctly and the problem seems to be getting worse (meaning more miles are accumulating w/o an adjustment to fuel bar display). Yesterday there were 135mi on the trip odometer w/a reading of 4 fuel bars. The next adjustment was 2 bars which quickly thereafter went to the flashing last bar. :shock: Anyone have this issue or heard of such? What's Stromette to do to rectify the issue besides rely on the trip odometer? Any tips or tricks out there in Strom land? Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-17-2006, 03:46 PM
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Bike is 05 DL1k...... The last few gas tanks I've noticed the fuel gauge is not working correctly and the problem seems to be getting worse
Try the easy (cheap) things first. First thing to check is the wiring harness connector to the tank. Make sure the connector is tight. If so, you need to check the guage float response. Loosen the tank/ fairing bolts, etc., so you can do a "tank lift". Do this with ~1/2 tank of gas. Lift tank and disconnect the wiring harness plug. On the tank side plug, place a DVM between the yellow/black and any one of the two black/white wires. This is the tricky part. With the tank in the "up" position, measure the resistance. Now, slowly lower the tank and observe the resistance. If the tank guage is working, the resistance chould change smoothly between the original "empty" resistance reading and a new "1/2 full" reading. if it is jerky, or no change, the float/sender assembly is bad. If that checks out, then the problem lies between the sender and the guage. If it's in the guage assembly, remove check book from purse and prepare to write.. Good luck.
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I had a prob with the top bar not reading a full tank.
Went to the dealer, they checked it and it was found that the reader in the tank was NFG.

To be replaced under warranty......

I havent had a problem with the lower level reading.

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Re: Stromette's got a FUEL GAUGE problem....

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If it's in the guage assembly, remove check book from purse and prepare to write.. Good luck.
WARRANTY bro.

David, thanks for the reply. Any ideas why this would suddenly become a problem and one that appears to be worsening? I'd sure like to get this cleared up b/c my upcoming Iron Butt run.

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The fact that it is getting progressively worse really points to the fuel guage sender unit. This is an easy replacement, once that tank is off. You can do it.
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Re: Stromette's got a FUEL GAUGE problem....

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Bike is 05 DL1k...... The last few gas tanks I've noticed the fuel gauge is not working correctly and the problem seems to be getting worse (meaning more miles are accumulating w/o an adjustment to fuel bar display). Yesterday there were 135mi on the trip odometer w/a reading of 4 fuel bars. The next adjustment was 2 bars which quickly thereafter went to the flashing last bar. :shock: Anyone have this issue or heard of such? What's Stromette to do to rectify the issue besides rely on the trip odometer? Any tips or tricks out there in Strom land? Thanks in advance.
I had something different happen to my gauge on the last fill up. The last bar was the only one lit up and the fuel pump symbol was flashing :?: It took 10 to 15 minutes for the rest of the bars to register. I was miles down the road by the time the gauge showed full. I think I will give my local shop a call about this. If this is an issue with 05's I want it covered under warranty :!:

The bike has only 2,500 miles on it!

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My 05 Wee (with 31,000km) has had that happen 3 or 4 times. Putting some fuel injection cleaner in the tank cures it every time.
It was always just the full indicator that would go south. Within one tank of using cleaner, it would work again for several thousand km's.

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Called my local dealer and set up an appointment to check out the sending unit. I have heard a report that an '06 litre is having the same problem I am :?:. He is going to wait and see what they find out with mine. If they can't find anything wrong and don't want to replace it under warranty :x then I'll try the injector cleaner and see what happens. I'll let you know what they find out :wink:.

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This is a common problem with the VStrom. As you can see, my earlier post offers a solution that more often than not takes care of the problem.
Use a quality fuel injection cleaner, available at any auto parts store, add to your tank and within one or two tanks your guage will be working again. In the 32,000 kms I have put on my Wee, I have had to do this 3 times.
I have talked to 3 individuals that have had the sending units replaced, only to have the problem re-occur and by adding cleaner, it took care of the problem.
Obviously, there is a problem, but Suzuki has made no change that I am aware of to prevent this from repeating itself.
My 79 GS850 fuel guage has never had a prob, but the Wee is definatly prone to it.

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2005 DL1000 Gas Gauge

My gas gauge was stuck on 4 bars.
At the gas station it took 3+ gallons.

After reading the cures, I rechecked the connector to the gas tank.
Sprayed the connections with a product called DeoxIT which is a contact
cleaner sold at Radio Shack.
I also added 8 ounces of Techron Concentrate Fuel System Cleaner
based on the instruction ratio for the size of the DL1000's tank.

I was down to 2 bars this morning, stopped in the gas station with a gallon
gas can and filled that up to carry in the saddlebag as I was riding from Las Vegas to Pahrump and wanted to see if the bars would go all the way down.
At 175 miles, got down to 1 solid bar, then at 185 got the flashing gas pump.
In Pahrump, the bike took 5.385 gallons (including the gas can gas).

All is well, but wonder if it was the connection or the Techron. LOL!!!
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