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Damn, the friggin' fuel gauge on my DMax is optimistic.


The Low Warning light came on late last night as I returned from a trip to Florida. I was tired, and at 2 a.m. there aren't any fuel stations open on the way to the house, so I figured I'd go ahead and unload the truck, get some rest and top it off in the morning... I probably drove it 10 miles with the light on.


I never made it.


I got one block from my favorite fuel station, which is about a mile from the house, when she quit - right in the middle of one of the busiest intersections in town. Not good...


A young damsel came to my distress, and offered to get me a five-gallon can of diesel fuel (she trains horses as I found later, and she knows diesels). So while she was out buying a fuel container and filling it with diesel, I was directing traffic. Some people can be so rude...


She came back, I poured the fuel into the tank, opened the screw on top of the fuel filter, pumped the primer about 10 times and she started right up. Not sure if it's supposed to happen this way, but as I was pumping the primer, fuel began squirting out all over the filter and the left side of the engine... a real mess.


Come to find out the young lass is a single mom going through a messy separation - so I gave her what I figured I would have had to pay a tow truck. And a hug..


Some people are really cool...


Moral: Don't trust your fuel gauge - I'll never let it get below a quarter tank again - and that's a promise.


By the way, who sells a metal replacement screw for the top of the fuel filter? I had to use a small screwdrive that I happened to have in the truck, and I boogered up the plastic one.


Thanks,


Chris in NC
 

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What some guys will do just to meet a nice woman.
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NCMax said:
... By the way, who sells a metal replacement screw for the top of the fuel filter...

Greg has a nice Stainless Steel bleeder screw...


www.lubespecialist.com under GM Diesel


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Just a suggestion. GET A SPARE and carry it with your spare filter. Its cheap insurance in case you are bleeding it in an emergency situation and back it out too far and drop it. I happen to know someone who did just that.
 

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JB and Cricket, thanks. I'm on it.
 

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Ran mine out once - never opened the screw - just pumped the primer about 10 times and she fired right up- no mess!
 

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army said:
Ran mine out once - never opened the screw - just pumped the primer about 10 times and she fired right up- no mess!
Lucky Dog
 

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Even in the gas engines the warning comes on too late.

I got the low fuel warning once, but since I had only about 10 miles to go I kept driving. Well, I made it to the gas station, but it must have been on vapors because it took 25.8 gallons to full it back up (it's a 26 gallon tank).

Since I only get 12 MPG the warning comes on when there's about a gallon left. That's WAY too close for comfort. Thanks GM...
 

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Since I only get 12 MPG the warning comes on when there's about a gallon left. That's WAY too close for comfort. Thanks GM...

Know what you mean. Have had mine come on twice. Both times I filled up within a mile of the light coming on. Both times put in 25.0 gallons into that 26 gallon tank. I to wish that light would come on earlier.
 

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Hey guys. Call me crazy, but there's an analog gauge in the instrument cluster that tells you how much fuel you have, light or no light.


Sorry. I couldn't resist.
 

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Funny thing about the 50 cent gauge; it's not accurate. When my low fuel light comes on the needle is still a hair above that last mark (more like half on, half off the mark), so if you looked strictly at the gauge you'd think the light was telling you that 2-3 gallons was left. No so.
 
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