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Question Fuel Guage questions?

Hi,

Long time listner.....

I have had my 86' 951 for about a year now and have questions about the fuel gauge.

I understand that these cars use an 80 litre tank but when the guage reads near empty I can only put in 60 litres before the cut off stops the pump.

When full, the guage only reads just over 3/4 full. What could cause the guage to be so inaccurate. Is this normal?

Also.....

Is there a reserve light for the fuel guage. I haven't had the nerve to run it that close to empty. When I start the car I get warning lights for other guages.

Any clues?

Thanks in advance
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The gauge not reading full is very common to these cars, I actually haven't seen many that read full anymore. It can be caused by many things, most common being bad grounds in/around the cluster.

There is a warning light, whether is works on your car or not I don't know but they usually do, and I haven't seen one that doesn't! You're not really close to empty and that's probably why you can put only 60l of gas in. I usually drive for about 30 miles after the light comes on. The farthest I've gone on the light is something like 41 miles, expecting to run out of gas but finally decided knowing that I can go 40 miles on reserve is good enough. Do you have any pictures of your turbo? Mine's an 86 as well...
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thanks for the input. Where do I check the ground? Do I have to remove cluster, dash etc


Would this ground problem also cause the temp guage to be a bit erratic?


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hHMMM Gabe.. Your picture is backward. The steering wheel is on the left..
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The grounds are behind the cluster, there's a few good writeups if you search for them I'm sure you'll find something (also try rennlist).

The steering wheel is on the wrong side, but the wipers are correct, it looks like he's got a european plate on it, and he's in UK... I think you're up to something here Gordon!
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Yea this is the normal problem mine does it too and the reserve light turns on only when it's even with the last line which then you can drive 25-30 miles without running out of gas.
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Thanks for your input guys.

I think I might get a fuel can and run the car unitl the light comes on.

As for the wheel being on the wrong side.....

Apparantly the UK is the biggest market for Porsche in Europe (proportional to total population) including Germany. There is a really strong following for all porkers, 944's included.

I live in the South of England (just to the west of London) and there are at least four specialist garages within an hours drive....

Just wanted to say how great this forum is Learn something new every time I visit. keep up the good work guys!!!!!
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Someone also told me that you people sometimes drive on the wrong side of the road too... : )

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