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Decided to take the wife and kids for a ride through the mountains today and after about an hour in my gas gauge falls from 7/8 to empty in about a mile and stays there. Then it came back up up for a bit and then dropped again and never came back. After a couple starts and stops now I have a check engine light along along with the low fuel light and gauge pegged on empty.

 

Not that big of a deal I guess, just hate to bring it in to the dealer and have then tear the gas tank out, I'm sure its a bad sender. I dont have a code reader for Fords here so I thought I'd run the vehicle health report, it told me my check engine light was on. No kidding lol, at least Onstar's health report would tell you what the trouble codes were so you knew if the car was self destructing or not, I assume the CEL has something to do with the fuel gauge sitting on empty, car ran fine the whole time.

 

Then on the way back home I decide to take the interstate instead of the mountain roads and end up running over half a truck tire laying in the middle of the expressway where it was pitch black, was passing someone and didnt see it until it was too late.

 

Took out the splitter and black plastic rocker panel, but luckily no paint/bumper damage - I hate those truck tires...

 

AT least I made it home :)

 

I think a couple of others have mentioned a fuel gauge issue as well, anyone get theirs fixed, if it was what was replaced?

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Decided to take the wife and kids for a ride through the mountains today and after about an hour in my gas gauge falls from 7/8 to empty in about a mile and stays there. Then it came back up up for a bit and then dropped again and never came back. After a couple starts and stops now I have a check engine light along along with the low fuel light and gauge pegged on empty.

 

Not that big of a deal I guess, just hate to bring it in to the dealer and have then tear the gas tank out, I'm sure its a bad sender. I dont have a code reader for Fords here so I thought I'd run the vehicle health report, it told me my check engine light was on. No kidding lol, at least Onstar's health report would tell you what the trouble codes were so you knew if the car was self destructing or not, I assume the CEL has something to do with the fuel gauge sitting on empty, car ran fine the whole time.

 

Then on the way back home I decide to take the interstate instead of the mountain roads and end up running over half a truck tire laying in the middle of the expressway where it was pitch black, was passing someone and didnt see it until it was too late.

 

Took out the splitter and black plastic rocker panel, but luckily no paint/bumper damage - I hate those truck tires...

 

AT least I made it home :)

 

I think a couple of others have mentioned a fuel gauge issue as well, anyone get theirs fixed, if it was what was replaced?

 

 

That stinks. At least, what you damaged is easily replaced. Body work would have been worse.

 

Hang in there and remember it could have been worse.

 

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Yea, looks like it will cost about 250.00 for the rocker and splitter so it could have been way worse, it was a huge chunk of tire, looks like the splitter pushed it off to the right and it just caught the plastic on the lower rocker. Not really a huge deal but it hurts with 50K car with 1000 miles on it, but if you drive on the expressways around here in the summer blown up truck tires are all over the road..

 

i may have found the fuel gauge problem as well, I popped the back seat out to check the connections on the senders and found where they ran the harness wrong under the seat on the LH side and there was a sharp piece of metal that was sticking right into the harness. I rerouted it where it should go away from the edge and re-taped it, not 100% if it actually went through the wire insulation but it was just a tiny peice left from when part of the floor pan was stamped. The check engine light was for fuel sender voltage out of range. It seems to be working now, find out the next long drive, it wasnt really a big screwup, just happened to be a little razor sharp piece of metal sticking out in just the right place.

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