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post #1 of 16 Old 05-15-2011, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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FUEL TANK/ FUEL GAUGE PROBLEM

Hey guys heres the deal looking for some help I have a 2003 f 350 and when I run the fuel tank down low and this has happened twice but if the fuel light comes on in 3 - 5 miles I'm dead empty the truck is dead in the water. I bought this truck used so I don't knownifnthentank has been out but I would think that you could run your tank down the light couldncome on and you could go farther then 3-5 miles before you run out any ideas or thoughts or corrective action would be a big help also how do you measure back spacing for wheels I'm trying to put 37's on 22's with a 4" lift without cutting up the truck but the fuel tank/ gauge is really bothering me thanks guys
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How about filling it up before it gets that low? They don't really like running with that much fuel anyway.
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Yeah I know that I usally fill up with a quarter tank but sometimes thats always not conveinient I should get more miles then I get when the dash light comes on
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You should definitely get a lot more than 3-5 miles after the light comes on. You should still have gallons left. Maybe the sensor piece(not very technical I know) in the tank gets stuck or isn't registering right and so doesn't kick the light on until you have drops left.


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might be a cracked fuel pickup tube allowing air into the fuel lines when the tank is low??


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Thanks guys I thought something might be hanging up in the tank does anybody know how fuel is left in the tank when the light comes on I might have to recalibrate everything
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i cant help my truck runs out at a quater 2003 7.3 let me know whats up
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Wow thats worse hopefully someone will have an answer for both of us
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Depends on short bed / long bed.

With the 26 gallon shortbed tank it comes on with 2 gallons left, the 38 gallon longbed tank comes on with 4 gallons left.
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I have the short bd two gallons doesn't seem like alot
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