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Got a used 99 Camry LE (4 cyl). When I fill it up, it takes a while (about 3 minutes or so) for the gas guage to register to the Full mark. Is this normal on the Camry?
 

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my 1993 camry v6 does the same thing...it goes to full maybe 2-3 minutes down the road from the gas station...i dont konw if its normal though
 

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yup its normal.. i never saw a car that had one that went up fast..
 

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its very normal i assume your comparing your camry to some of the newer cars. My girlfriend's Lancer instantly moves up, the catch is that when the car is off the gauge just drops. I assume they are using newer technology for the gas gauges. I wonder if its the same with gen5's.

Hey buddy be happy that your gauge is correct. Minds is crazy i can be at full when i hop in the car drive for 2-3 miles and i'll be at half. I never know how much gas i really have. the gauge tells me one story but i dont believe it.
 

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I have a gen 5 2003 camry. The fuel needle goes up to the fuel level straight away after turning the key to ACC or the engine on. The fuel is still shown for 10 mins after leaving car and the needle goes down after.

my 1990 toyota hiace takes a while for the fuel needle to go up from empty, but the needle stays where it is when the engine is off.

you think the needle should move according to the fuel level but why does it take so long if the fuel is measured by a float? weird delay ah well
 

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my parents old gen 3, their new gen 5, and my solara all take a while for the needle to move completely to full after filling them up. its cause of a system called 'last known level' or somthin like that, basically it just tells you how much gas is in the tank without the car being on. i read that in one of the catalogs at a toyota dealership waitin for my car to be serviced

my dads caravan on the other hand moves up right away, but when you turn the key off the needle drops as well
 

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bowlofturtle said:
its very normal i assume your comparing your camry to some of the newer cars. My girlfriend's Lancer instantly moves up, the catch is that when the car is off the gauge just drops. I assume they are using newer technology for the gas gauges. I wonder if its the same with gen5's.

Hey buddy be happy that your gauge is correct. Minds is crazy i can be at full when i hop in the car drive for 2-3 miles and i'll be at half. I never know how much gas i really have. the gauge tells me one story but i dont believe it.
yeah same here...i just look for my gas light to come on...then i know for sure its time to get some overpriced gas...but even with the light...it goes on and off...
 

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My '95 takes a few minutes to register...I am glad it's normal-sometimes I secretly wondered if mine was the only one to do that...
:loove: Ruby
 

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My 01 will go to full rather quickly.. but it sits just barely below the F. A few minutes later it goes up past the F barely. I'd say it's normal for Camrys.

My work truck I drive '97 W/T 1500 from empty to full... BOOM.. jumps fast as hell!
 

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Mine does it also. When I first got the car, I filled it up @ $24 and like a minute later it was only at a 1/2 tank. At that very instance the thought of selling the car popped into my head briefly but everything turned out ok after 3 minutes :rolleyes:. I just never experienced that with a car before. In my Altima it goes up to full even before Im finished pumping the gas.
 

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Yeah, same for me.

If you know thats normal (origional poster is fine), whats the big deal! It's not like you don't know your gas tank is full!
 

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I remember reading somewhere it's not a good thing to pump gas and have your ignition on to get a gauge reading. Don't know why, maybe it screws the sensor up?
But I do remember that there is a latency built in so you don't get a higher reading when gas sloshes as you are driving around. Personally, if my gas gauge was off, I would rather it tell me its lower then it really is than higher and run out of gas.
My 93 gauge does the same with a full fill up and it seems to run down slow for the first half of the tank then just falls fast. Had me thinking I had a leak or something. I now use the odometer to mark fill ups. Who can trust gauges anyways? First time I ran out of gas was in my ex-g/f's Benz (Bad gauge). Other time was when someone siphoned gas out of my motorcycle.
Do mark milage a couple of times and you will recognize the milage you and your driving style get. It varies very little with me.
 

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It's normal for older Camrys. It's a feature added in so that you don't get confusing readings.

Say if you were on a hill, you might get a reading that your tank is low when it is. By not giving an up to the second reading, it wont give you and empty reading when you are just at a slant. It's another great feature for the drivers benifit.
 
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