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Fuel gauge stuck on full?

After filling up the tank this weekend I've noticed on the way home tonight that the gauge is still indicating full+ when it should be reading maybe 3/4. Anyone had this scenario before? I wiggled the bike around so see if it might be a stuck float but no movement.

I guess I'll need to pull the tank off and check some connections.

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If I recall correctly, the gauge on my bike doesn't start moving until I get down to about 3/4 of a tank. The second half always goes faster than the first! I don`t worry about it much because I always reset the trip meter, and know about how far I can go before switching onto reserve.

Just keep an eye on the gauge and the trip meter, and note how far you go before the gauge indicator starts to move down. If you are careful, you can probably pull the sending unit out of the tank and GENTLY bend the float arm up a bit, so that the fuel level doesn't have to drop as far before the float starts to move down. I would start by moving the float up no more than one to one and a half inches. If that is not enough you may have to remove the tank again and fine tune your bend in the float arm.

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I use my trip meter as my fuel gauge, my 750 averages about 50-60 mpg so i go 150 miles or so then fill up.

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Hey Thanks fellas! Ya know, I'm used to going by the mileage because the Maxim doesn't have such a luxury as a fuel gauge! (Perhaps I'm getting spoiled.) I'll give it another day and see what happens... Its still fairly full I guess.

It sure does go to E pretty quick after passing 1/2.

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Wink Stuck gas gauge

Just had a "Discussion" with Hubby about the fuel gauge. My '06 does the same thing yours does. My Virago didn't have a gauge so I was told to ride by reserve... When it's on reserve head for a gas station. Well we have a difference of opinion on that philosophy. I also use the trip meter to help me decide when I need gas. The wind and terrain can make a lot of difference on your mileage. On a recent trip I got 45mpg on one tank and 65 on another. Lots of head wind and Interstate speeds on the first tank and Slow speed mountain riding on the other tank. Big difference in total miles per tank. I let the half tank mileage dictate when I want to look for gas. Half tank at 110 miles lets me know I have about another 50 miles before I hit reserve and need to head for a gas station. Oh well husbands and wives can't always agree on everything.
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Hey Thanks fellas! Ya know, I'm used to going by the mileage because the Maxim doesn't have such a luxury as a fuel gauge! (Perhaps I'm getting spoiled.) I'll give it another day and see what happens... Its still fairly full I guess.

It sure does go to E pretty quick after passing 1/2.
Believe it or not, my maxim has a fuel gauge. It also has a computer check list that it runs down at every start up. It also has a broken trip meter.

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As with others mine goes past full at fill up, then goes quickly after half. I was haeding to fill up tonight and ran out, it was a good thind because now I know when it hits "E" it is empty and time to hit reserve. I I now also know I can go 170 miles on 3 gallons of fuel 56 MPG, before I replaced the sending unut I had to guess.


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