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    My fuel gage is not reading accurately. I have. 2012 RT-S and the other day the fuel gage showed I was on empty. When it was filled up, it would only hold three gallons. It has a six gallon tank. I called the dealership and was told the fuel gage is not very accurate. Really?! Why would Can-Am not put an accurate fuel gage in this machine? Was I told correctly?

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    Dee

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    How did you fill? If you fill like a car, and stick the nozzle all the way (or most of the way in) you will only half fill the tank. Best method is to insert the nozzle barely into the "no-lead" neck, and fill slowly until fuel just starts to spit out of the vent slashes. You can take another try or two, but don't overfill...the emissions canister doesn't like it. If you look inside the opening after you use this method, the fuel level should be 1/2" or so below the lowest part of the opening. The fuel gauge and light does seem to be a bit variable from machine to machine, and may bounce a lot, but it is relatively close at each end for most Spyders. Like many gauges, it is not linear...half on the gauge does not mean a half tank of fuel is left. It goes down slower on the top and faster on the bottom. The fuel light is supposed to come on when you have about 1.4-1.5 gallons left. That means you will put around 4.5 gallons in the tank at the point the light comes on and the gauge hits the red.

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    Scotty coverall the issues. I drive by low fuel light and miles driven since last fill up. Light goes on about 130 miles. I usually run to 150 before filling up. Takes 4.8-5 something gallons. I have driven 185 before fill up--needle was below empty on the guage--but that was a bit scarry. It took 5.8 gallons.






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    Scotty is right...don't overfill it...pesky codes on the dash may follow and confuse you that something is wrong that may not really be the case.

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    Have the dealer disconnect the gauges or you can. The digital is more accurate on both temp and gas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samewok View Post
    Have the dealer disconnect the gauges or you can. The digital is more accurate on both temp and gas.
    I TOTALLY agree with this statement. When I took delivery of my new 2012 RT Limited three weeks ago, I made sure that the dealership had (per my request) disconnected those two worthless analog gauges. The digital readouts are FAR more accurate!!!
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    I also unplugged the gauges. Its very easy to do. Simply turn the handlebars, remove the four cluster screws, pull out the cluster a bit and unplug the wires to the gauges. Be careful, I see the MPH writing is not lit at night so I figured that maybe it came off. Once the gauges are disconnected, they fuel and temp will show up on the digital readout.
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    Default great advice

    I am glad this was brought up. I have a 2011 RTS and have the exact problem. My husband rides a goldwing trike and we usually fill up at the same time when out for a ride. Later, I will tell him my gas is low (lights on) and he says that he still has over a half tank. Sure enough when we stop and fill my Spyder, in only holds 3 gallons (sometimes even less).

    I really appreciate the advice here and plan to have this done to my bike ASAP.

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    It's really too bad BRP doesn't fix the analog gauge.
    Especially when they stick them on the higher level models as some sort of incentive.

    The reason the analog gas gauge is inaccurate is because the fuel tank is oddly shaped.
    There is a float in the tank (just like a toilet)
    The gauge is proportional to the float level.
    When the float is halfway down, the gauge reads half the fuel is gone but that isn't true due to the tank configuration.


    The digital gauge uses the same float but apparently has programming that accounts for the odd shape of the tank and displays more closely the actual fuel level left in the tank just as we've come to expect in every vehicle made in this century and half the last one.

    It seems very odd to me that the high end models have useless gee-gaws that are purchased at a premium price then are owner disconnected.
    If they can't make the gauges work properly why not stick gauges that can be made to work instead?
    Maybe an oil pressure gauge, tire pressure oh, I dunno a volt or amp gauge.
    The product planners sort of missed the boat on this one, IMHO

    rant over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattigan_Roger View Post
    It's really too bad BRP doesn't fix the analog gauge.
    Especially when they stick them on the higher level models as some sort of incentive.

    The reason the analog gas gauge is inaccurate is because the fuel tank is oddly shaped.
    There is a float in the tank (just like a toilet)
    The gauge is proportional to the float level.
    When the float is halfway down, the gauge reads half the fuel is gone but that isn't true due to the tank configuration.


    The digital gauge uses the same float but apparently has programming that accounts for the odd shape of the tank and displays more closely the actual fuel level left in the tank just as we've come to expect in every vehicle made in this century and half the last one.

    It seems very odd to me that the high end models have useless gee-gaws that are purchased at a premium price then are owner disconnected.
    If they can't make the gauges work properly why not stick gauges that can be made to work instead?
    Maybe an oil pressure gauge, tire pressure oh, I dunno a volt or amp gauge.
    The product planners sort of missed the boat on this one, IMHO

    rant over.
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    Default Thanks !!

    Thank you all so much!! As always, you all have been very helpful!!
    My husband and I are going to the dealership this morning, because of another issue. But this will be brought up, as well.

    Thanks Again!!
    Dee

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