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Old 11 May 2004, 09:36 pm
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This is my first post on the Forum. Am on my 2nd cruiser my first one lasted 10K miles before I had to trade it for a new '04 Turbo.

My question deals with the 'your almost out of gas' idiot light. Mine seems to come on really early, or earlier than I am used to - and it varies. I've had it come on and require only 11.5 gals of fuel and then had it come on and need all of 12.5 gals - but it's supposed to be a 15 gallon fuel tank! Any one else seen this?

Is this an indication that my 15 gallong tank may only let me take 13 or 14 gallons? Have not talked to the dealer, but it is due for a 3000 mile, dealer recommended and free service.

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Old 11 May 2004, 09:55 pm
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Yea mine also seems to go on early...once it went on i filled up and only took 12 gal. had 3 left was only expecting like 1-1 1/2 [:I]
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Old 11 May 2004, 10:07 pm
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According to my Owners Manual (2001 Limited Edition) I have 15.0 gallons. The low light comes on at 1/8 tank of fuel left (1.87 GAL)and the light starts blinking with 1.5 gallons left inside.
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Old 11 May 2004, 11:12 pm
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Being that the fuel is the only coolant for the fuel pump in the tank, you would be wise to refill long before the light comes on.

A $210 fuel pump and $200 labor for installation is good reason to keep the pump submerged in cooling fuel at all times.

I replace a lot of fuel pumps, but none on the customers who keep it above 1/4 at all times.

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Old 12 May 2004, 08:02 am
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Thanks for those who responded, don't feel so bad now.
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Old 12 May 2004, 11:26 am
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Good info MX-5. Not being a mechanic of any sorts I would have never even considered that. From now on my tank will get filled no lower than the 1/4 level. Thanks.
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Old 12 May 2004, 06:32 pm
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$200 labor? With an empty tank it's like a one hour job. I know you're a mechanic MX, but that seems kinda high. [:I] It took me less than 2 hours (i think) and it was my first time. But as you stated, Don't run the tank low. Pay'm now, or pay'm later[8]
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Old 12 May 2004, 07:08 pm
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Only took the mechanic who dropped my tank for the first gasket recall about 1 hour. But then again that's all he was doing was working on the PT's recall so I guess he got pretty good at it after a couple dozen times.
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Old 13 May 2004, 12:21 am
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The tech did not remove the tank for the recall. They only lowered it to access the seal.
There are several hoses, wiring, and EVAP lines going to the tank to contend with. Siphoning out the old fuel, dropping the tank, cleaning the tank, installing the new pump, clearing any EVAP and lean engine codes with a scanner, and testing the system prior to delivery can get a labor charge in the $200 range.
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