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Old 11-04-2009, 10:35 AM   #1
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Question "check gages" light is on, what does it mean

Okay, i been getting this light on my cluster and im kinda clueless if its something else other than the obvious.


the light- "Check gages" keeps coming up. what does that mean??????


any help is appreciated.

-----in my understanding, i would translate this light as a reminder that im ignoring something that is comming up on the cluster, can someone correct me-----

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Old 11-04-2009, 10:37 AM   #2
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You need gas!!! Check the gas gages.
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If any gage within the cluster is in a "danger" zone, this light will pop on to catch your attention.

Most common reason was posted above (you're low on gas), but that's not the only reason. I've seen the light come on when voltage dropped too low as well. So check all the gages and see if anything is in a danger range.
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Yeah, my check gauges light comes on whenever my gas tank is half full and the sending unit starts acting up. It can be half one second, empty the next moment. See if that is what is going on, especially if it happens at a stop light.
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lol man you guys are right on the dot.

My camaro is a project car that i been working on for a year now, so it only sits in my garage and occasionally i will take it out for a drive around the block.

i been turning on the car occasionally and i know for a fact that the gas meter is currently marking under 1/4 of a tank left.


all other gages seems normal.
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Yeah, my check gauges light comes on whenever my gas tank is half full and the sending unit starts acting up. It can be half one second, empty the next moment. See if that is what is going on, especially if it happens at a stop light.
my sending unit works just fine, it has never gave me false reading. its very constant at all times.
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Def due to fuel.

I have gone to the gas station, mind you the needle is near empty but I fill only 12.5 gal and its a 15 gal tank. GM's tend to have this calibrated this way. Approx when my wife has about 50 miles worth of fuel left, she gets a Low Fuel thing on her HHR and will now show how many miles till empty.
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our tanks are 16.8 gallons!!
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You sure about 16.8, I thought I read it was 15.5.
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1998 is 15.5, 1999+ is 16.8 IIRC
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You sure about 16.8, I thought I read it was 15.5.
Depends on the year. '98 has the old, smaller metal tank. '99+ gets the bigger plastic tank.
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^ beat ya to it
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really? Mine is always on empty and I put in barely 13 gallons each time :p
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My check engine light freaks me out everytime I get low on gas. I see it and go oh crap what now damn it! Than I go, oh just low on fuel, lol.
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Depends on the year. '98 has the old, smaller metal tank. '99+ gets the bigger plastic tank.
I have a 1995 Car with the stock Tank and it took 16.3 Gal the other day..and that was before the Nozzle shut off.

Trust me I'm trying to figure that one out..lol
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^ beat ya to it
I'm getting slow in my old age.

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I have a 1995 Car with the stock Tank and it took 16.3 Gal the other day..and that was before the Nozzle shut off.

Trust me I'm trying to figure that one out..lol
Probably a poorly calibrated gas pump.
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I hope not..I'll have to QA it and get some money back..lol
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I hope not..I'll have to QA it and get some money back..lol
Hole in the gas tank, or was your car running while you were pumping lol. Id check that gas pump.
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You sure about 16.8, I thought I read it was 15.5.
My bad, I am also very used to my 94 z28, my 02 T/A honestly driving on "Empty" for 2 days and got fuel, never got past 15 gal filled.
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