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Old 01-16-2019, 07:00 PM   #1
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fuel limiter on gas tank ?

Hi all.....quick and easy fix I hope

Just brought my mini home today......kind of surprised the tank has a "fuel limiter" so I could only fill to 3/4 tank.

anyone know how to remove that option ?......kind of odd since there were no seat belts in the bus.....but safety is safety I guess.

I presume there's a sensor of some sort ….but not actually inside the tank itself ?
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:32 AM   #2
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Never heard of a fuel limiter? I would think you have a clogged vent or something...
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:48 AM   #3
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are you sure the tank is only filling to 3/4 or is your dashboard just saying 3/4? its fairly common for the dashboard gauge sending unit to go bad and give you false readings of how much fuel you have.

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Old 01-18-2019, 09:22 AM   #4
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I've never heard of a fuel limiter and have no idea what the caveats of such a device would be.

I agree with chris that your sending unit/gauge is most likely the problem.

If it truly is only 3/4 tank I'd then look at the fill tube vent being the problem.
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:26 AM   #5
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You can always use the old "stick in the tank" to determine just how much fuel is really in there. I have known several people over the years that have never had a working gauge and rely 100% on the stick (usually something like a length of 1/4 to 1/2" dowel rod...just keep it clean).
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Old 01-18-2019, 09:35 AM   #6
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I've never heard of anything that would limit fueling to around 3/4 of a tank ... I drive big trucks for a living and nearly all those specify (and are designed in such a way) to fill the tanks to no more than 90% of actual liquid capacity. There needs to be room for expansion - and as such, when filled to this level, they are considered "Full" (or at least as full as they are supposed to be).


Here's a question for you - when uncapping your tank after a bit of a drive, do you get a rush of air to release a bit of vacuum in your tank? That is one sign of a clogged vent, though your fuel cap may also provide venting.
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Old 01-18-2019, 12:43 PM   #7
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When I fill up, I top off and can see the fuel inside the tank to know it is full. Then check the gauge and plan accordingly.
I can't think of one good reason to limit the fuel level in the tank. What bad can happen when it's full?
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Old 01-18-2019, 12:55 PM   #8
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I think they have a cutaway bus which is mire like filling a car where you can’t see the fuel.
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Old 01-18-2019, 01:21 PM   #9
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I think they have a cutaway bus which is mire like filling a car where you can’t see the fuel.
I fill my truck to fill the spout every time.
I always check the fuel gauge in everything I buy. Usually I will bring a couple gallons of fuel on board and then run the tank dry. That way I know how far I can go on the gauge. I also fill to top off so I can see how far I get before it hits "full" and then each quarter.That way I know in the future where I am. I understand running a diesel dry is not good, but you can see where your top end of the tank is. They just replaced the fuel sending unit in my truck and it's way off. Where I used to get 50 miles to full and 50miles per quarter and approx. 40miles after empty. Now it gets close to 120 before it hits full, but still empties after the "E" by about 25 miles.
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You can always use the old "stick in the tank" to determine just how much fuel is really in there. I have known several people over the years that have never had a working gauge and rely 100% on the stick (usually something like a length of 1/4 to 1/2" dowel rod...just keep it clean).
Most of my buses have had sketchy fuel gauges so I've been using the stick in the tank method till now. i finally have fully functioning legit fuel gauge!
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