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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-28-2010, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Default Low Fuel Light ? - 2011XC

I have a 2011 XC, had it maybe 3 weeks, and love it. However, I have noticed that the low fuel light comes on at about 135-140 miles, and at this point, the fuel gauge shows completely empty

At this point, it takes maybe 4 to 4.2 gallons fuel to fill.

Today i rode it 40 miles after the low fuel light, then filled it totally to the top----- 5.1 gallons.

Sort of unnerving riding with the low fuel light on, and the gauge completely at zero.

I do plan to ask the dealer, but was wondering if this is common?

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yes, very common. reset your trip meter when you fill up, and trust it.
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Talking In An Ideal World... When Should The Low Fuel Light Come On?

This has been brought up in another thread, and I'm sure it will be mentioned again in the future. Personally, I am a little confused of why there are complaints about it. When should the low fuel light come on? When the tank is completely empty? Then everybody would complain how come it didn't give you a warning so you have a chance to look for a gas station and fuel up.

I do like the way it is set up. I know when it hits empty, I have to start looking for gas. Granted it doesn't always take someone 40 more miles to find gas, but if you're picky about the brand of gas you get, combined with being on a longer trip, and all of the sudden 40 miles to bone dry empty isn't all that much.

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I noticed this yesterday Greg. Mine came on at 160 on the trip meter and the gauge went all the way over to empty and stayed. It must be the way they are designed.

After about 10 miles I filled up and put 4.6 gal out of the 5.8 gal it's supposed to hold. So I figure I have 1.4 gal left when the light comes on.

I can live with this if it is consistent. When the light comes on; I have another 50-60 miles before my tank is dry so I know if I have to stop immediately or get into town for a better priced station.
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This has been brought up in another thread, and I'm sure it will be mentioned again in the future. Personally, I am a little confused of why there are complaints about it. When should the low fuel light come on? When the tank is completely empty? Then everybody would complain how come it didn't give you a warning so you have a chance to look for a gas station and fuel up.
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It's not a huge problem. However, on all my other bikes when the low fuel light comes on, I have a gallon left, not 1.6-1.8. The CX owner's manual also says 1 gallon, I guess its just inaccurate. However, that's not really my concern.

On my CX the range indicator stops as soon as the light comes on?? On my BMW, the computer counts down the miles from 50 or so, to zero, as soon as the light comes on.

On every other bike I have (or have had), the fuel gauge still works when the light comes on. The light alerts me I am low, so I can watch the gauge. On the CX, the gauge goes almost immediately to zero so I have no idea how much is left, unless I remember to reset the trip gauge to zero.

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When the tank 'appears' to be full, I can usually squeeze another gal. into it. That's a lot of walking saved! Both my '10 & '11 XC's would take about 4.8 - 5.0 gals. when the light comes on.

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Mine will not. When the light comes on it holds (varies due to riding to a station) 3.5-4 gallons

The gauge sucks
But I am use to using my trip meter anyway

Not that big of a deal to me but it would have been good for it to work better since it is there.
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The XR has the fuel displayed digitally, with (I belive) 10 bars. It seems to be rather precise, as it goes up and down one bar if I simply lean the bike and then bring it back up.

Think of the extra gallon or gallon and a half after low fuel light comes on as your reserve tank.

Btw, does your miles to empty show 0 mi when the low fuel light comes on?

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When the tank 'appears' to be full, I can usually squeeze another gal. into it. That's a lot of walking saved! Both my '10 & '11 XC's would take about 4.8 - 5.0 gals. when the light comes on.
The manual says not to over-fill. I suppose as long as you ride it right away and not park it, burning some 1 gallon or so, you'd be fine. Just keep in mind that gas needs room to expand if you park it somewhere warm (ie. in the sun).

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Btw, does your miles to empty show 0 mi when the low fuel light comes on?
On mine, the miles to empty only says "low fuel". No range is given at all.

Sounds like the gauges are not consistent, some more accurate than others. Since the manual says it should come on with only a gallon left, I'll call the dealer and see if they are willing to try and fix.

I'll post the results.

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