Need help checking gas level in 2006 Malibu LT


#1

Hello, I have been dealing w/ a broken gas gauge for a while and have been monitoring my mileage and fill-ups and have been able to calculate my gas usage pretty well, however sometimes I may get a little lost on where my level is at. I just recently have been using a long plastic tie strap that reaches the end (I think) of the gas intake and I believe hits the gas tank. (Its goes in about 4’ and I cannot push it any further at that point)

My question is when it comes up w/ no gasoline on it I am wondering how many gallons are remaining. Looking at a diagram of the gas tank it looks concave, where some of the gas may sit lower that where my tie hits. But I am almost certain that I have at least a few gallons remaining. Does anyone have a guess as to how much I may have? For safety and other reasons this is not something that I am doing often, its just in this case I am a few miles from a gas station so I do not want to risk it. Thanks in advance!

-dj


#2

I see no way to tell from the diagram. How many miles can you drive on a full tank before no gas shows on your “dip stick”?


#3

You can always “thump” the tank with your hand to ascertain if gas is left in the tank. A full, half full and empty tank is easy to recognize this way. In my younger days…I had to do this on an old Chevy pickup that I drove. The gas tank was behind the seat so it was really easy. You could just get the gas gauge fixed and solve your problem but that’s up to you.


#4

If the car can go about 400 miles on a tank (just saying-it may be more or less), just fill it up every 250 miles if you drive a lot in the city and 300 miles if you drive on the highway most of the tank. This is a simple solution.


#5

My suggestion is to either replace the sender (99% of the time that’s the problem) or fill the tank twice as often as you are and skip the dipstick. If you’re currently filling up once a week, start filling up twice a week. Of course, fixing the problem is always better.


#6

I agree with @CWATKIN; , but hit the trip odometer when you fill up and when you reach the miles you should go with 1/2 to 2/4 tank…stop and fill up…and hit the trip odometer again.

But I would consider fixing it when you get to it.

Yosemite