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Old 06-26-2019, 06:42 PM
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Default Porsche Boxster 986 fuel gauge issue not the usual issue

Hi I have an issue with the fuel gauge in a 986 Boxster.
I was on just under half a tank on the needle and about 119 on the digital clock and within 5 minutes of driving it went down to 43 on the digital clock and almost empty on the needle.
Heres a video please check it out to see what I mean for yourself and hopefully someone can help me diagnose this issue
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:35 PM
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The fuel level sensor may be faulty. I don't know whether it uses a float or some other technology. If its a float it is a common problem.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:13 PM
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The fuel level sensor may be faulty. I don't know whether it uses a float or some other technology. If its a float it is a common problem.

Thanks for the reply
I will look into this as the cause. I tried looking on google as well and it only talks about the other issue with the needle not moving after a fill up.
Nothing on this issue but il look into that thanks very much for the help.
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Old 06-27-2019, 05:38 PM
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I have a Mercedes CLK350 with that problem. When I drive on the highway for long periods of time, between Massachusetts and the Florida Keys, the float will stick. The Mercedes is clever enough to realize that something is wrong and will give a warning and shut the fuel gauge completely off. As soon as I start driving on city streets or country roads there's enough sloshing going on to break the float loose and everything is good again. I know I should break down and replace the fuel sender, but its not enough of a problem for me to bother since its only between here and Florida I experience the problem.
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I have a Mercedes CLK350 with that problem. When I drive on the highway for long periods of time, between Massachusetts and the Florida Keys, the float will stick. The Mercedes is clever enough to realize that something is wrong and will give a warning and shut the fuel gauge completely off. As soon as I start driving on city streets or country roads there's enough sloshing going on to break the float loose and everything is good again. I know I should break down and replace the fuel sender, but its not enough of a problem for me to bother since its only between here and Florida I experience the problem.
Hi thanks for the response. I will add to that as today suddenly itís working fine again. I had a couple of days of it counting down and now itís completely normal and I havenít looked into it at all.

so the fuel sender is the likely culprit. Now I know itís not a leak Iím not panicking. Il probably live with it until it completely gives up on me or if I have nothing else left to do on it il tackle that issue.

Thanks everyone for the input
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Hi guys me again sorry to be a pain but itís a hot day and my side fan is coming on a lot which is usual since I had it only Iím starting to smell neat fuel from the fan when itís blowing.
is this normal/ due to the heat or have I a small fuel leak
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You should not have a gasoline smell from the engine compartment exhaust. If you do it must be a fuel leak.
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