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Just been on a round trip to Glasgow from Manchester. The fuel light came on with about 25miles left according to the on board computer, stopped at the nearest service station at which I put £5 in; the prices were extortionate even for a service station!

Turned the ignition back on and the petrol warning light came back on. Thought nothing of this (expected it to update as I drove on) so carried on driving. At this point I was 60miles from home so expected the petrol to do me until I could get to a filling station near me

The trip computer went down to about 13miles (quite slowly) so I decided to stop, put some more fuel in (check the filler cap was secured) and drove on.

By this time I had put £15 worth of fuel in at roughly £1.40/l and the light had not gone off. I made it home anyway (~60miles from when the light came on) however the light is still on and it shows that I have 7 miles left to go, The fuel gauge also shows empty

Any ideas? Has this happened to anyone before?
 

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Just been on a round trip to Glasgow from Manchester. The fuel light came on with about 25miles left according to the on board computer, stopped at the nearest service station at which I put £5 in; the prices were extortionate even for a service station!

Turned the ignition back on and the petrol warning light came back on. Thought nothing of this (expected it to update as I drove on) so carried on driving. At this point I was 60miles from home so expected the petrol to do me until I could get to a filling station near me

The trip computer went down to about 13miles (quite slowly) so I decided to stop, put some more fuel in (check the filler cap was secured) and drove on.

By this time I had put £15 worth of fuel in at roughly £1.40/l and the light had not gone off. I made it home anyway (~60miles from when the light came on) however the light is still on and it shows that I have 7 miles left to go, The fuel gauge also shows empty

Any ideas? Has this happened to anyone before?
£5 of petrol - how many nanoseconds did you squeeze the handle for:p
 

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The fuel tank in the civic is very shallow and so the fuel gauge sender only moves around three inches from top to bottom, as a result it's not that accurate.

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the thing is that it hasn't moved since filling it up at all, could it be that the float is simply stuck?

Steve it was an incredibly short 'fill' up but I didn't fancy paying more for standard fuel than I would for V-power normally. Nor did I fancy giving much money to BP
 

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Just been to put even more petrol in on my Dad's recommendation. £30 @ 1.309/L has got the car saying I have a range of 250 miles. From this amount of fuel I would only expect a gain of say 150miles so I'm just assuming that the measely amounts that I filled it up with before either weren't enough for the car to register OR the float was stuck and the final fill up was able dislodge the float.

thanks for your help guys!
 

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Vauxhalls are the same.
Hire car... wanted to give the same fuel as I got so only put £10 in.. didnt register.
So then had to put another £15 in and give them way more fuel then I got.
Its a hire car ploy ;)
 

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These days £5 worth of fuel is only around 3 litres, not much really! I filled up a can for my petrol lawnmover the other day, and I can see how 3 litres wouldn't make your car gauge move! These prices are day light robbery!
 

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You need to put in over 5 litres for the system to recognise anything. With fuel going up and up in price, 5 litres is now nearer £7-£8.
Same happens on my oil burner. Doesn't register unless I stick at least £10 in. But then it used to be the same on my old ST220.:(
 

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So i'm not alone,

Just had this problem. drove 100 miles to Thorpe park, 100 miles back. Range got down to 38 miles, got home, put £10 in and nothing. surely £10 should make some sort of needle twitch and range increase.
Also range went from 38miles down to 35 miles after 8 miles of driving!!

Fingers crossed it clears itself up.
 

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Had same problem yesterday. Fuel light came on with 31 miles left, put £10 diesel in and still came back on and still showed 31 miles left. Complained to Tesco and they tested the pump by expressing £10 worth which actually gave slightly more than expected.
He gave me £5 more to test and still nothing so decided gauge was shot. Went to another station and put £20 in and it shot up to 300 miles so was the full £35 was showing.
Hope this helps someone as £15 didnt register for me.....:confused:
 

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I had this as I tended to only put in £10 at a time. I think if you put in less than 10 litres, then it doesn't register.
Changed it to putting £15 in (10.72 litres or something) and now it registers fine.
 

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when i first bought the ciivic the garage told me to put fuel in so i filled up to the click and it still showed notohing on the gauge, went to my garage and they said it was a faulty sender and the fuel sensor was nackered luckily i told him to pay for it as it was faulty before the sale. all good now, my sensor will pick up £5 but usally fill in £20-30's
 
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