Fuel Light Stayed on


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Fuel Light Stayed on

Postby Possum51 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:19 pm



I used the search feature, but didn't find anything on this issue. Went for a ride today (about 80 miles round trip) and on the last leg of the trip my fuel light came on, I reached down thinking I might have forgot and left the fuel lever off from our last stop, but it was in the on position and the bike ran fine all the way home. When I got home I checked and the fuel in the tank matched what the fuel gauge is reading (1/2 full). Could it just be the sensor, or is this a common problem?


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Re: Fuel Light Stayed on

Postby virgilmobile » Sun Dec 16, 2012 3:48 pm

The sensor should light the fuel light when there's about a gallon or less in the tank.I'd fill it back up and see if it goes off.at the same time you'll see how much fuel it takes to turn on the light.
Mine comes on when I've used 3.6 gallons out of the 5 in the tank.Now I know I can run almost 60 miles before it runs empty.

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Re: Fuel Light Stayed on

Postby Possum51 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 5:10 pm

Thanks, I'll give it a try and see what happens.
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Re: Fuel Light Stayed on

Postby Possum51 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:20 pm

virgilmobile wrote:The sensor should light the fuel light when there's about a gallon or less in the tank.I'd fill it back up and see if it goes off.at the same time you'll see how much fuel it takes to turn on the light.
Mine comes on when I've used 3.6 gallons out of the 5 in the tank.Now I know I can run almost 60 miles before it runs empty.

Well sense I posted this, the bike sat for a week or so, just rode it again yesterday. When I fired it up yesterday still with a half tank, no fuel light. Rode about 15 miles (still no fuel light). Stopped for coffee, but topped off tank to within about 1-1/2 inches from filler neck before going in for the coffee. Was done with coffee and back on the road in around 30 mins. As soon as I fired the bike up the fuel light came on (now with a full tank) and stayed on until I got home (30 plus miles). So I'm thinking a bad fuel level senor.
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Re: Fuel Light Stayed on

Postby virgilmobile » Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:35 pm

Or a pinched wire.
If the light is on with a full tank....remove the seat and unplug the wire for the sensor.It's on top of the tank...it should go off.
If it does,the sensor is bad,however if it stays on....the wire is touching ground somewhere.

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Re: Fuel Light Stayed on

Postby Possum51 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 8:56 pm

Thanks VM, I'll check that out tomorrow and let you know what I find out.
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Re: Fuel Light Stayed on

Postby mbul2439 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:28 pm

I have a 85 LTD when my fuel light stays on , I unlock my fuel door and look beside my fuse box. There is a sensor that plugs into the top of the air box and the plug keeps coming disconnected. I replug it and all is ok untill next time.

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Re: Fuel Light Stayed on

Postby Possum51 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:45 pm

mbul2439 wrote:I have a 85 LTD when my fuel light stays on , I unlock my fuel door and look beside my fuse box. There is a sensor that plugs into the top of the air box and the plug keeps coming disconnected. I replug it and all is ok untill next time.

thanks, i'll check that out
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Re: Fuel Light Stayed on

Postby Possum51 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:57 pm

mbul2439 wrote:I have a 85 LTD when my fuel light stays on , I unlock my fuel door and look beside my fuse box. There is a sensor that plugs into the top of the air box and the plug keeps coming disconnected. I replug it and all is ok untill next time.

Check it and not the issue here, I believe I just have a bad sensor.
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Re: Fuel Light Stayed on

Postby Possum51 » Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:25 pm

Finally its been warm enough and I had the time to troubleshoot the issue. I pulled the plug off the fuel sensor on the tank and cleaned the contacts and plugged it back in. Well that not only fixed the low fuel light issue it also fixed and issue I didn't know I had. My fuel gauge was reading just under 1/2 tank before I cleaned contacts, afterward when I turned the switch on the fuel gauge moved all the way to 3/4 tank, so I took the cap off and checked and it was at 3/4 tank of fuel. It was showing a 1/4 tank off before I cleaned the contacts. So good thing I finally got around to troubleshoot and fixing the light issue!!!


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