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Fuel Gauge Is Erratic

6.6

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
$527.00
Average Mileage:
118,866 miles
Total Complaints:
7 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. replace fuel pump and sending relay (1 reports)
  3. replace the fuel pump (1 reports)
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1999 Oldsmobile Alero Owner Comments

problem #7

Nov 142013

Alero GLS 4.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 204,010 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Just bought the vehicle, thanks to the following gas gauge being wrong, I was stuck from actually running out of fuel...

- , Ironton, MO, USA

problem #6

Feb 112010

Alero 3.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

I bought this car in February of 2010. From day one I have had nothing but issues with this car. Namely, The fuel gauge does not work and seems to have a mind of it's own. If the tank is full or at 3/4 tank the gauge isn't as much of a problem but once the tank gets anywhere below that the gauge will randomly move from full to empty and signal an annoying beeping sound and the low gas light to come on. I eventually pulled the fuse responsible for the beeping so i wouldn't have to hear it. I took my car to the shop and was told I needed to replace the ignition and ignition switch which i'm not sure what the hell that has to do with the fuel gauge. Needless to say, I did research of my own and thanks partially to this site have found that the fuel pump and sending relay are one piece in the gas tank and that is what needs to be replaced.

After calling around I found that the fuel pump and sending unit costs about

$250 not including labor which depending on where you take it could cost upwards of $250 because they have to drop the tank and can potentially screw up the gas lines or put a gaping hole in the tank. I was quoted $550 + for parts and labor but have yet to get it fixed. It's quite frustrating to have to log exactly how much gas (gallons) i put in the car and when I put it in plus how many miles I have driven and have found that I end up putting gas in this SOB POS every two days or so which is highly inconvenient.

Did I mention I do not know for sure how many miles to the gallon my car can go? I had to learn the hard way and guess-timate by topping off my tank and driving until the gas ran out to see how many miles i was able to drive in comparison to how many gallons of gas it took to fill the tank which was around 15 or so. I ended up figuring it gets about 17 miles to the gallon city and have mis-calculated this a few times and ended up stalling on the side of the road a couple times with my 3 year old in the back seat.

Now I feel a little better but definitely plan on buying a new car come taxes!

- , Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #5

Sep 232010

Alero

  • 153,331 miles

I KNOW IT IS SOME KIND OF SENSOR THAT IS WRONG WITH MY CAR AND THAT IT IS IN THE TANK. IF THEY DROP THE TANK TO REPLACE THE SENSOR WILL THEY ALSO DAMAGE THE GAS LINES LIKE THEY DID TO THE OTHER OLDS I OWNED BEFORE AND NOT SAY A WORD TO ME?

- , Bloomington, IL, USA

problem #4

Dec 012008

Alero

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Same problem as the others. Fuel gauge goes from full to empty. I am concerned that if this is a problem in the gas tank that an electrical short could cause an explosion or fire. Does anyone know about this.

I plan to drop the tank in the springtime and replace it.

- , Louisville, KY, USA

problem #3

Oct 011999

Alero 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,223 miles

the problem is that i have no idea when i have gas or how much by just glancing down. i have to keep a detailed record of when i got gas last and how much how many miles i had when i got gas the last time. the only easy solution is to put gas in it every two days or so but soon that gets to be a real inconvenience when i have things to do. it also causes a problem when im always having to get gas people think im going more places than i really am or that im driving to fast.its just really annoying and if you know any solutions i would appreciate it.

- , Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #2

Jan 012007

Alero GX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,500 miles

The fuel gage started acting up going from full to empty to halfway and back again. This was not a problem or so I thought. I found out the fuel pump and gauge are one unit inside the tank. The pump was around 300 and then had to pay for it to be in.

- , Cairo, GA, USA

problem #1

Jan 022008

Alero 2.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

We just bought this used car on 1/2/08, so there's no telling how long this problem has been occurring. When the car is low on fuel, the gas gauge becomes erratic (rising all the way to 100% full all the way back down to where the fuel warning light initiates, then back up again). When the tank is 1/4-full, it doesn't seem to have this issue. We will just kep a close eye on the tripometer until we're able to take it to a dealer to fix it.

- , Fairborn, OH, USA

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