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Unread 08-08-2011, 05:46 PM   #1
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Fuel tank

Ive got a '98 ZJ and Im trying to formulate a semi-accurate chart to keep track of fuel efficiency (OCD maybe? LOL) and Ive come across a hitch. The fuel tank capacity that Ive read is 23 US gallons, but my fuel gauge doesnt echo this; it reads full at about 75% this figure.

Do I simply have an ineffective fuel gauge or does it actually read full when it isnt? (if this is the case how full is it when it reads 100%)?

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Unread 08-08-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
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The needle stays on full the first 5 gallons or so before it starts to fall
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Unread 08-08-2011, 06:23 PM   #3
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what are you asking?

how to calculate mpg,s or some mechanical question as to what your gauge is telling you?

if your looking for a way to track mpg's at every fill only fill till the pump clicks off every time.
record the gallons put in and the miles logged on the trip meter.
keep a running total of every tank of gas on paper somewhere, not rocket science. maybe i'm misunderstanding the inquiry?
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Unread 08-08-2011, 07:32 PM   #4
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Last week I ran my 98 5.9 down till the over head said 7 miles till I walk.
I filled it up with 23.2 gallons, that included the filler neck to the top.

Next time I have the tank out, going to trim Vent tube back, then see how much more to fill up.

I got 360+ miles on a fill up, traveling I 95 non stop at 70 mph on cruise control.. Mid range gas with Lucus octane booster. The fill up after the run it took 21.5 gallons.
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Unread 08-11-2011, 03:35 PM   #5
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The needle stays on full the first 5 gallons or so before it starts to fall
Yes this is what I was wondering. Im in Canada so this is about 20 Litres. The figures I'd seen online differed from what my fuel gauge read at full, but this explains it.
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FWIW, When I changed my fuel pump, I ran it until the OH said zero till empty. When I pulled the tank, it had 4 gallons in it.
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Unread 08-13-2011, 02:58 PM   #7
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Oh yah, I definitely dont really pay attention to the OH. After fill-up it says something like 750km, when its really like 350.
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Unread 08-13-2011, 07:16 PM   #8
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I ride mine way past 0 miles on the over head like 10+miles But last time i went on a long trip i managed 468miles out the tank on mine and its a 96 Orvis 5.2L
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Last week I ran my 98 5.9 down till the over head said 7 miles till I walk.
I filled it up with 23.2 gallons, that included the filler neck to the top.

Next time I have the tank out, going to trim Vent tube back, then see how much more to fill up.

I got 360+ miles on a fill up, traveling I 95 non stop at 70 mph on cruise control.. Mid range gas with Lucus octane booster. The fill up after the run it took 21.5 gallons.
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