Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, can you suggest a cure?

Sometimes when I fill up my smartcar the gas gauge only rises to the 3/4 full point. I know from the number of gallons that I filled the tank (and no, I don't top off). On top of that, sometimes the next morning the gauge will jump to full.

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Comment by Bob Maynard on December 3, 2009 at 10:22pm
I had the same problem, and took my car back to the dealer. They corrected the problem in a few minutes. That was 4 months ago, and since then, I have not had a problem.
Comment by John Stump on December 2, 2009 at 7:58pm
I used to. The gauge would show 7 of the 8 bars. The 8th sometimes would show after a bit of driving. After shuting off the engine at the gas pump, I started turning the key to the on position and watching the gauge as I filled the tank. It always showed the full 8 bars.
I have noticed that my car goes some 90+ miles before the bars drop to 7, so I figure that the 8th bar represents approximately 1/3 of the tank's capacity.
Comment by Vol Smart on November 30, 2009 at 8:36am
The dealer contacted me to say that they will fix it. Now I just need to find time to go to the dealer!
Comment by Lois Pierce on November 29, 2009 at 8:54pm
I just started to have this problem in the past month. Mine is 17 months old.
Comment by Michele on November 26, 2009 at 11:22am
Mine does the same thing, I fill up and one bar is missing, but by the next day it's back to normal. I have heard of a lot of people having this problem.
Comment by Zippin Pippin on November 25, 2009 at 3:25pm
Some owner have found that fillling at the slowest rate of fill from the gas nozzle helped them fill o the top with out over filling. On my last fill, I filled too slowly manually and of course spilled it over down the outside of the car and over the tire and wheel etc.
Of course slow filling won't correct a sticking gauge. Thank heavens for sites like this that help us discover common problems and easy fixes when they exist.
Comment by Vol Smart on November 25, 2009 at 2:06pm
Comment by Randy Fuller on November 25, 2009 at 12:09pm
The dealer is you're only fix on this one,and you have to be insistant on them replacing the guage unit in the fuel tank.Very common problem from all blogs and discussions I've read. Good Luck!
Comment by JohnnyM on November 24, 2009 at 6:39pm
This is a known problem. You should take the car to the dealer to be corrected under warranty if you wish it to be fixed.

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