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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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Hi. I'm just curious if this is the nature of these bikes, or if this is unique to me... When my gas tank is low (red area on gas gauge/approx. 1 gallon left in tank), the bike has a tendency to miss or stall, especially when pulling out, stopping and cornering. I've always assumed this was just the fuel intake getting some air instead of gas because of the low fuel level. Does anyone else have this happen?


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You're probably right. It could be sucking air for a second.

All newer vehicles with the fuel pump in the gas tank depend on the fuel as a coolant so it really isn't a good idea to routinely run the tank much below 1/4. Best to be in the habit of filling up between 1/2 and 1/4. The gauge is misleading. Most the mileage and fuel is above 1/2 tank anyway.
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It is very misleading. You'll find that last half tank drops fast. I run about 200 then fuel up. Might be able to go further but I don't bother.
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On the Cross Country bikes the fuel filter is at, or should be at, the lowest portion of the tank in the back. When the fuel pump/fuel filter assembly is installed, it's possible to not position the filter correctly. If that happens, the filter will be positioned a bit too high and therefore you could be sucking air instead of fuel before you'd think you should.

If the fuel filter has been replaced recently, that's a likely cause for the stumble at low fuel levels. If the fuel filter or the fuel pump hasn't recently been moved, it could have been that way from the factory.

As has been mentioned, it's certainly best not to let the bike run below a gallon of fuel. This should help prevent the fuel pump from overheating as it's cooled by the fuel in the tank.
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Everything they said^^^ but also run a good fuel systems cleaner through the tank. The mesh can clog or gum up a little especially on bikes that sit through the winter. Gas will always go through the least restrictive area. If your screens are gummed up on the lower portion it will pull the gas through the upper part. This is not a problem when you have a full tank but can become an issue when the gas is low.
Run a good fuel systems cleaner for the next 2 or 3 tanks and see if that helps, but also as mentioned, the best way to have to buy a new fuel pump is to continually run around with a low tank of gas.

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I've had that problem a couple of times. Low fuel and in corners when centrifugal force pulls it away from the pick-up. Didn't know what it was the first time because the low fuel light didn't come on right away. No gas, no go.

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