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post #1 of 6 Old Mar 1st, 2012, 10:08 am Thread Starter
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fuel guage display ( LCD)

This is my first post , been watching the site and love it ,I have an '05 1200LT and every other time I fill my tank the LCD display only reads 1/4 to 1/2 for a short time and eventually returns to normal,but it also throws off my BC and MTE. The low fuel light goes out, if I let it come on in the first place, anyone else have issues with this? Also ambient temperature plays a factor .I just did my winter services and still have the right side tupperware off, maybe need new sender while I can get to it!!

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Re: fuel guage display ( LCD)

If you have the tupperware off, it is an easy task to remove the sender from the fuel tank, I recently had a problem caused by the fuel fill nozzle at the gas station, it dented the tube around the float, and caused the float to hang up and not register full, actually only registered a little less than half full. I removed the sender, and it was obvious that the tube was dented in, I had seen on this forum about people taking the tube off and rounding it out again with various tools, but I couldn't see how to get it off, I ended up massaging the tube round again, and it was amazingly easy, the metal of the tube is pretty soft. I could then tip the tube upside down and hear the float going up and down inside. You may have dented it just enough that it hangs up, but not enough to stop it. might be worth an inspection....careful, not a good idea if the tank is real full...

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after I posted this I also found other posts, but still waited for others to chime in ,Thanks for the info.
On a different note (I see you are in Oak Harbor) the 1st weekend in May here in Ellensburg there is an all bike show with the Seattle Cossack M/C drill team ,and May 19th there an all bike charity ride (run 4 the border) if you are in town please look me up.
check out the site www.columbiariverhog.com for details on the ride... Thanks again Bill

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Wrong fuel guage reading and bent tubes reminds me of a problem I had with my '00 LT. From the time that I first bought it in '05 (with 25K miles on it) it often acted like it was starving for gas or air. In other words it stalled when I tried to accellerate in lower gears, especially when the tank was full. One day on my 90 mile commute to work, it ran out of gas with the guage reading about 1/4 tank and the DTE showing plenty of miles left. Luckily there was a gas station within walking distance.

I was new to LT's. I didn't know about this forum and had never removed any of the tupperware. So, when it was convenient, I took it to the dealer where I had bought it and learned that there is a charcoal cannister that filters fumes from the gas tank overflow so as to disallow the smell of gas from being emitted into the atmosphere - GO GREEN - The cannister had become stopped up due to gasoline overflowing the tank and contaminating it. The stopped-up cannister did not allow the fuel system to breathe and was instead causing a vacuum within the tank as the level of gas was reduced. That vacuum caused the fuel sending unit tube to collapse and restrict the travel of the sending unit within it.

My dealer was good enough to help with the cost of the new sending unit tube and to perform a "cannisterectomy", which he recommended. That fixed that problem forever, or for at least the next 40K miles that I owned it.

Lesson learned - I will soon be perfroming a prophylactic "cannisterectomy" on my '05 LT that I bought last fall.
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so far this hasn't created any driveability issues, but it's just annoying until it reaches full whenever it feels like it and then I can reset my BC, althought I am reading to fill it on the side stand and not the centerstand . The Mrs. doesn't like side stand even when she is off the bike looking at it do they make a longer side stand , I think the Ohlens make it stand taller

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Filling it on the side stand is the correct MO. No, they don't make a longer sidestand. I am at least 99.9% sure of that. A longer one would put it at great risk of falling over on any surface with the slightest lean to the right. That can happen even with the stock stand. Don't ask me how I know.
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