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post #1 of 11 Old Mar 1st, 2017, 1:10 pm Thread Starter
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Fuel gauge level after calibrating new strip

I've hooked up a new fuel strip and calibrated it through the GS-911.

The fuel gauge now displays about halfway between the bottom and the first marking (don't have the post count to upload an image).

It seems strange that the gauge is reading anything at all, since the strip is outside the tank and dry.

Should I recalibrate it?

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post #2 of 11 Old Mar 1st, 2017, 2:38 pm
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Re: Fuel gauge level after calibrating new strip

How did you calibrate it through the GS-911? If it is a new strip, some say it does not need any calibrating, that it will settle out after a couple of tanks of fuel.

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Re: Fuel gauge level after calibrating new strip

Thanks for your reply, mtrevelino,

I calibrated it as much as possible according to BMW's procedure (can't post due to low post count)

However, they state that if voltage should drop below 12.6V, the procedure will abort. I'm using an optimate charger to top up the battery but the voltage starts dipping below 12.6V after seconds and ends up around the 12.0V mark at the end of the procedure.

With the new strip, GS-911 says "Sensor calibrated, but there are fault codes logged".

My old fuel strip appears to be broken as GS-911 says "Error calibrating fuel strip".

Is the procedure really that sensitive to battery voltage?

It would be great to have the strip settle after a few tanks of fuel, although getting to the tank is such a hassle that I prefer to calibrate it while I have access to it.
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Re: Fuel gauge level after calibrating new strip

Someone else would have to comment on this. I do not know how the GS-911 can calibrate the fuel strip. The only calibration I know of is with the LT's, but they have a float. And the LT's procedure is to drain the tank and put one gallon of fuel in it.
If you do a search for "fuel strip" you should come up with some interesting reading.

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Re: Fuel gauge level after calibrating new strip

Thanks. I think I've read every fuel strip thread there is to find on the internet

Haven't come across the answer yet.

Would be great if someone with fuel strip experience could shed some light.
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Re: Fuel gauge level after calibrating new strip

I thought BMW gave a 12 year warranty on these now. No need to buy one.

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Re: Fuel gauge level after calibrating new strip

Details in the procedure files with the GS911 tool.
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And the LT's procedure is to drain the tank and put one gallon of fuel in it.
That doesn't calibrate the fuel strip or float to its total range, it just sets the point at which the Low Fuel light comes on.
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Details in the procedure files with the GS911 tool.
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Thanks Paulo,

Meanwhile I've hooked up a new battery and re-calibrated the strip.

It now showed empty, outside the tank!

When inserted into the 1/3 full tank though, the gauge still reads empty 8-|

Guess I'll put the bike back together, take it for a spin and hope the gauge magically starts working again.
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Re: Fuel gauge level after calibrating new strip

It will settle out after a few tank fulls. Mine in my GS was always off a little after a repair and always settled out after two tanks.

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Re: Fuel gauge level after calibrating new strip

You're right!

Ignition on / of a few times, let it run, now it works!

Thanks for your input guys.
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