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Old 01-20-2012, 05:39 PM   #1
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Need help gas tank

I have a 1998 LY When the gas gage says empty and I go to fill it up I can only get 38 or 40 gals. in it what am I doing wrong
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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First, welcome to the forums.

My two cents would be that the guage is incorrect and there is more fuel onboard than it indicates. My quess for a fix would be replace the sending unit in the tank.

Or, you could fill it, carry some extra gas, and drive until it runs out.......

Good Luck!
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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When you do fill it, does the gas gage say "full"? As mentioned, possible gage sender issue, or the tank could be pushed in from the bottom, or the tank may not vent properly so all the capacity cannot be used. Venting is a real common issue in tank filling.

Just a few ideas for your consideration.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:38 PM   #4
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Well the tank is in good shape but it is A bear to fil. I did notice today that the fill line to the tank has a pee trap in it is this right our has someone put it there for some reason
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:12 PM   #5
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I can't imagine why a P trap would be in your gasoline fill pipe. In general, you want a continuous slope from the cap to the tank with no kinks, or obstructions. The vent line (a smaller line, maybe an inch or so outside diameter) should also slope from the connection just below the fill cap to the tank. This is VERY important. If it does not slope it will get gas in it in a pocket and that will prevent the air in the tank from venting out. The fill will then be erratic or exceptionally poor. On my '83, 310, when I had it, the vent line had a dip in it and you could not get the thing to fill worth a damn. I re routed the vent so that any gas in the vent tube would run back into the tank, and the problem went away. I had a Jeep Grand Cherokee with the same issue and the same solution. That is one reason I asked if your gage read "full" when you were finished. The Jeep, especially, would not fill all the way with the dip in the tank vent line.

Tell more about this P trap you found in the fill line. Sounds like some PO has been at it again...LOL.
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Old 01-20-2012, 09:52 PM   #6
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gas tank

You are right about that one. The pee trap is right before the line starts to run to the tank it should have two 45s or a 90 but it has a pee trap dammed if i NO
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