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#1 OFFLINE   md13ffhguy

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 05:41 PM

I think I'm losing my mind. I last filled up on Feb 26, and I reset Trip 1 at every fill-up. It tells me that I've gone 417 miles since then, which seems about right. I'm driving home today and flipping through the screens, I see my Dist to E is 499 miles - IMPOSSIBLE! At that point I was very confused (and still am). I checked the fuel gauge and sure enough, it's showing midway between 3/4 and F. I'm thinking about what I've done over the past several days, and stopping at a gas station isn't something I can recall doing! My wife thinks I stopped and forgot about it, but that isn't the case - unless I'm losing my mind.

 

I even just went through my recent credit card history, and there's no indication I purchased gas since Feb 26.

 

I just went out to the garage to see if there was any change (was hoping it corrected itself), and now I'm even more confused, because the DTE is now 551... As a matter of fact, since I drove about 70 miles today, this DTE makes it seem like I filled up last night or this morning. I certainly did not!

 

Could my fuel gauge have gone haywire??


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#2 OFFLINE   md13ffhguy

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 05:50 PM

Something is screwed up.  Went out again and put the key in and "started" the car. The fuel gauge showed half a tank! pulled the key out and tried again and it read 5/8 with a 374 DTE. Once more and it read almost 3/4 and 465 DTE. Anybody else had this??


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Posted 10 March 2015 - 05:56 PM

Sounds like somebody was really kind and gave you a free tank of gas. ;)

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I have no idea what they are talking about but it's pretty funny.

But seriously that is really odd and I have not seen anything like that.

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 07:10 PM

I actually was thinking someone took my car and filled it without my knowledge, but who does that???? :)

BTW, just checked again and it's just under half a tank and 316 mi to E... Fourth different reading since actually driving anywhere. I can't wait to see what it reads in the morning.

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 07:22 PM

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Posted 10 March 2015 - 10:47 PM

I've had instances where I turn off the car, and the next time I turn it on the fuel gauge is little higher than before.

 

Then again this car claims that I used up half a tank when in reality I used less than 20 out of 51 litres. 


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 07:06 AM

Great news! (Not really...) I started this morning with less than half a tank (246 mi to E) and arrived at work with a nearly FULL tank (571 mi to E)! This hybrid is so amazing, it even generates gas while I drive! ;)

So, not really as excited as I might sound... Who's the Ford rep on here who can assist me?

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 07:18 AM

That's quite odd!! Sounds like some part has failed...hopefully the dealer will be able to figure it out quickly.


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 10:19 AM

Great news! (Not really...) I started this morning with less than half a tank (246 mi to E) and arrived at work with a nearly FULL tank (571 mi to E)! This hybrid is so amazing, it even generates gas while I drive! ;)

So, not really as excited as I might sound... Who's the Ford rep on here who can assist me?

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I recommend heading to your dealer to get this mystery solved. Once you have an appointment set up, send me a PM with your VIN, mileage, best daytime phone, full name, and dealer name/location. I'll loop in your customer service manager on this. :)

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Posted 11 March 2015 - 12:59 PM

Your fuel gauge computer is WHACKED!  The gauge you look at is not directly connected to the float in the tank, its a summarization of different factors, the float level, the MPG calculations, fuel flow, etc. It is then a readout of what it interprets as the fuel you have available and DTE you can go on it, and not really the actual level of fuel in the tank.  

 

Dealer should be able to figure it out. 


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 08:56 PM

-Waves hello!-

 

I recommend heading to your dealer to get this mystery solved. Once you have an appointment set up, send me a PM with your VIN, mileage, best daytime phone, full name, and dealer name/location. I'll loop in your customer service manager on this. :)

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Hi Meagan! PM sent - Thanks a bunch!


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 09:04 PM

Ride home was interesting, as it actually read FULL at one point, with 620 mi to E! Upon arriving home, it was at 593. My best guess, based on the trip odometer (which still seems to be displaying accurate info), is that I should be at about 80 mi to E right now, meaning the Low Fuel light should be about to come on.

 

While this problem seems to be somewhat benign for someone like me who's been closely monitoring fuel usage, it could be disastrous for someone like my wife, who simply relies on the gauge. She often drives some long distances, and I'd be quite irritated if she were to run out of gas far from home with her gauge seeming to show she has plenty.


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Posted 11 March 2015 - 10:11 PM

Is the low fuel light independent of the fuel quantity computer? I sure hope so.


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 04:26 AM

Is the low fuel light independent of the fuel quantity computer? I sure hope so.

I'm not sure I'll find out, as I plan to fuel up this morning, but I doubt it. At this point, I only have a good guess as to how much gas is in the tank, so I have to be conservative.

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Posted 12 March 2015 - 09:48 AM

It comes on based on DTE and float position(Calculated).  What the OP could be having is a faulty float sensor, that can cause all kinds of whackydoodles. 


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:51 AM

Ride home was interesting, as it actually read FULL at one point, with 620 mi to E! Upon arriving home, it was at 593. My best guess, based on the trip odometer (which still seems to be displaying accurate info), is that I should be at about 80 mi to E right now, meaning the Low Fuel light should be about to come on.

 

While this problem seems to be somewhat benign for someone like me who's been closely monitoring fuel usage, it could be disastrous for someone like my wife, who simply relies on the gauge. She often drives some long distances, and I'd be quite irritated if she were to run out of gas far from home with her gauge seeming to show she has plenty.

The same thing would happen to my wife. Good thing she usually drives the Focus Electric which starts out with a "full tank" daily.

 

We used to have a Saab 9-5 which had the opposite problem. The car would read empty on the fuel gauge when it actually had fuel. Apparently Saab used a type of plastic that was destroyed by the ethanol in the fuel over time. Thus on our decade old car the fuel float would periodically fail.


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Posted 12 March 2015 - 10:55 AM

Hi Meagan! PM sent - Thanks a bunch!

Got it! No problem. :D

 

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Posted 13 March 2015 - 04:21 PM

Got it! No problem. :D
 
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Second pm sent this morning. You didn't answer my question and my service appointment is early Monday morning. Thanks!

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 08:46 AM

Visited dealer service center this morning and spent a little over 1.5 hours there while they reprogrammed something. It was covered under warranty, and they offered to mail the paperwork, so unfortunately, I don't know exactly what they did. Problem is, nothing seems to have changed. Upon arriving to work, the gauge displays significantly more fuel than when I left the dealer... Was 475 MTE (3/4) and now shows 553 MTE (>7/8). Trip 1 shows I've already traveled 200 miles on the current tank, so neither number seems accurate.

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 12:42 PM

Visited dealer service center this morning and spent a little over 1.5 hours there while they reprogrammed something. It was covered under warranty, and they offered to mail the paperwork, so unfortunately, I don't know exactly what they did. Problem is, nothing seems to have changed. Upon arriving to work, the gauge displays significantly more fuel than when I left the dealer... Was 475 MTE (3/4) and now shows 553 MTE (>7/8). Trip 1 shows I've already traveled 200 miles on the current tank, so neither number seems accurate.

Have you checked ET Mode to see what your car reports for FLPM? Check out this post for the details about this ET Mode screen.

 

I would try driving with ET Mode up and watch the FLPM and the fuel gauge. Assuming they move together it seems likely that you have a bad fuel-level sensor.


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