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Low fuel light

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:21 pm



Ive never seen my fuel light except at start up and wondering when its supposed to come on. I usually end up putting fuel in around 4-4.5gal cuz thats just above or at top of the red area. Ive heard it should come on at 1 gal left but not sure. As it sits right now, the needle is just UNDER the red but the math says I should have about 1 gal left. Granted, its hard to determine for sure since mileage can vary 1 minute to the next, especially at different speeds.
Should I be expecting the light to come on at ANY minute? Or is 1 gal remaining not where its supposed to come on?
And yes, Im carrying a can of gas in the saddlebag. Lol.
My plan is to stay local at the moment and top it off as soon as the light comes on, to know how much was left. The gas can is in case Murphy is involved.



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Re: Low fuel light

Postby Goldwingsnut » Sat Feb 20, 2016 1:20 pm

My low fuel light comes on when the gas gauge needle is a bit below the E. When I stop for fuel at that point it takes around 5 gallons to fill it up.

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Re: Low fuel light

Postby flogger » Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:12 pm

If it comes on at start up, it checks good... Mine comes on when I have about 20-25 miles remaining, a good bit below one gallon... I don't recall the Honda spec... I once did like you and carried some extra gas around in the trunk while keeping my driving local just to test it after years n years... That's when I did the math and translated it into about how many miles would be left...
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Re: Low fuel light

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat Feb 20, 2016 3:46 pm

Mine doesn't begin to light up until the needle is just barely touching the 'red zone', on the far side.
These tanks hold 6.3 US Gallon ... not 6!




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Re: Low fuel light

Postby RBGERSON » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:12 pm

YEAH mine doesn't come on until the needle has been sitting in the red for a while at least 40 miles.
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Re: Low fuel light

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 7:05 pm

Had to go try a few loads in a new rifle today so didnt get to mess with any of the bikes at all.

I'll keep all that in mind, sounds like not all are the same as to where the needle is vs actual fuel level. Or even remaining fuel. My needle is just UNDER E at the moment, thats way under the red. Lol.
I thought 6.1gal was the capacity, 6.3 would be even better tho.
I seldom ever let it get very low, but I'd really like to know that itll come on and how much is left.

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Re: Low fuel light

Postby Charlie1Horse » Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:47 pm

The factory manual for '92 Goldwing states that the light (A/SE only) should come on with bike on center stand within 3 minutes of the key on with less than 1.1 gal of fuel in tank. I don't think the Interstate has a low fuel light. At least I haven't seen one on mine and I have gotten down pretty low a few times. I carry a Seafoam can full of gas in the saddlebag just in case and a can of Seafoam that I use about 2 oz in each tank full. Now I don't seem to have any problems with carbs any more.
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Re: Low fuel light

Postby joeincalif » Sun Feb 21, 2016 9:45 am

If you average 40 MPG you should run about 210 miles, stop and fill it up and see how much it takes. If it takes more than 5.2 gls and your low fuel light didn't come on you have a problem with the sending unit
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Re: Low fuel light

Postby robb » Sun Feb 21, 2016 8:01 pm

My bike hits empty at 150-160 miles and never more than 3.5 gallons to fill. Not long ago, while carrying extra fuel, went 265 miles and still no light until pulling into station. Slight flicker but clear pulling to pump. Light does come on with key and it took 6 gallons to fill. Everything test OK so I accept the fact I will never run out of fuel looking at gauge.

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Re: Low fuel light

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:32 pm

flogger wrote:If it comes on at start up, it checks good...


Not necessarily. All that does is tell you that the light bulb is working.

The thermistor that Honda used as a low fuel sensor in the tank is a VERY common failure item on GL1500's, and when it fails, the only way you know is that your low fuel light stops working (but it still lights up when you start the bike).

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Re: Low fuel light

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:41 pm

Just where is this thermistor you speak of?

In the tank? Maybe it wont get put on top of my to-do list. Lol.

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Re: Low fuel light

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:57 pm

bntyhntr6975 wrote:Just where is this thermistor you speak of?

In the tank? Maybe it wont get put on top of my to-do list. Lol.


Yes, it's inside the tank, attached the mount that also holds the fuel pump.

Have a look at what virgilmobile and I both did to ours: viewtopic.php?t=11167

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Re: Low fuel light

Postby flogger » Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:44 pm

WingAdmin wrote:All that does is tell you that the light bulb is working.

That's all I was referring to...
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Re: Low fuel light

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:13 pm

Finally had the chance to find out. No, the fuel light does NOT come on when I'm running low. Sputtered out at 225 miles on the odometer, I coasted up to the pump. Took 6.221 gal (upright) to fill it. Unfortunately, that only comes up to 36mpg for that tank. Most was highway but there was some hot rodding around town too.

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Re: Low fuel light

Postby Goldwingsnut » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:35 pm

It's awesome that you made it to the pump :P

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Re: Low fuel light

Postby flogger » Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:57 pm

bntyhntr6975 wrote:Finally had the chance to find out. No, the fuel light does NOT come on when I'm running low. Sputtered out at 225 miles on the odometer, I coasted up to the pump. Took 6.221 gal (upright) to fill it. Unfortunately, that only comes up to 36mpg for that tank. Most was highway but there was some hot rodding around town too.


Look at the bright side, all your numbers looked good! I guess the sensor is out for you that WingAdmin talked about... Really curious what he says or where you go for the fix... I do use mine and it does work... I get it every 3rd tank or so and just fill up...
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Re: Low fuel light

Postby FM-USA » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:53 pm

Charlie1Horse wrote: I don't think the Interstate has a low fuel light. At least I haven't seen one on mine and I have gotten down pretty low a few times.

Honda has the Interstate as low in weight as possible.
They even figured how much weight is save for not having that low fuel light come on. :roll:

When I first got my Wing, I ran it out of fuel on purpose.
Zeroed out the odometer and filled with exactly one gallon.
About 1/8 mile, checked the fuel gauge while riding. (see pix)



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Re: Low fuel light

Postby Uncle Fester » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:02 pm

bntyhntr6975 wrote:Finally had the chance to find out. No, the fuel light does NOT come on when I'm running low. Sputtered out at 225 miles on the odometer, I coasted up to the pump. Took 6.221 gal (upright) to fill it. Unfortunately, that only comes up to 36mpg for that tank. Most was highway but there was some hot rodding around town too.


That works out to right around 36 MPG, so take that X 5 and you get 180. . . . never ride past 180 miles, and if traveling, start looking for a fuel stop at 140 -150 just to be safe. Thats what I do and pretty close to the numbers I get too
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Re: Low fuel light

Postby bntyhntr6975 » Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:00 am

I normally get a little better mileage but that was a good average for the varying speeds and style. Still a good reference and all tho. Good to know just how far down that needle will go too. Usually fill up when its close to the red or just touching it.
Lots of factors influence mileage so gotta just take it for what its worth.

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Re: Low fuel light

Postby kane67 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:27 am

Made a test yesterday, it's working ;)

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