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Petrol Problem

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  • 06-01-2013 11:41pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 5,790 ✭✭✭


    I've noticed lately that the Petrol-Gauge in the Dash seems to be going haywire! Sometimes I could look at it and it would show 2 bars of petrol and I'd be thinking, God I could have sworn that said 3 bars and I definitely havn't been anywhere of a considerable distance that would use up a whole bar of petrol, but then 2 minutes later I look at it again and it's gone back up to 3 Bars! Have no idea if it's having an impact effect on anything, or if it's anything serious, or why exactly it's doing this. Maybe I pressed something in the Dash to make it go like this.

    I never keep track of petrol and kilometres travelled so I have no clue if any actual physical petrol is vanishing on me - like if I would have paid for more petrol than the actual tank of petrol is providing me with. I should try keep an eye on that more.

    I don't know anything about the workings of petrol-gauges, it had occurred to me that, maybe it's a case of, due to travelling a relatively few-minute few short-distance trips that, one bar mightn't be fully used up yet and that's why it's kind-of teetering between two-and-three bars at the moment until I fully use up the third bar? I wonder would that be why it's teetering/switching between the second-and-third bars until one bar is completely fully used up? If that's not it, I don't know if it's something serious or what it is.

    It's not actually flashing though like the last bar would be to let ya know you're nearly out of petrol, it's not flashing off and on. It's at 2 bars, I could drive for 30 seconds then see it's gone back up to 3 bars. Any suggestions/ideas?


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  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 51,688 Mod ✭✭✭✭Stheno


    Is this generally happening on shortish journeys?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,790 ✭✭✭confuseddotcom


    Not sure exactly when to pinpoint a specific time as such that it changes, but I would do several 10-minute-journeys.

    Sorry Mods this Forum seems to be about buying cars or Car-models? Would it be better in the Sub-Forum, or any other, please move if more appropriate, thanks. :)


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 51,688 Mod ✭✭✭✭Stheno


    Not sure exactly when to pinpoint a specific time as such that it changes, but I would do several 10-minute-journeys.

    Sorry Mods this Forum seems to be about buying cars or Car-models? Would it be better in the Sub-Forum, or any other, please move if more appropriate, thanks. :)

    You're in the right forum

    What type of car do you drive?

    My car does this time on short journeys, starts off with a default value it can see then moves upwards as the car heats up.

    I'd consider it nothing to worry about


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