does the level read low too? if so, it could be a rear impact bending a
baffle inside the tank holding the float still. jacking the vehicle up
by the tank can cause the same problem too.
if the level reads ok independent of the low light, it might be a wiring
problem. electrical problems on the level are either needle hard up for
open circuit, or off the bottom for closed circuit.
In my 1985 Celica the sender unit had a seperate contact that
closed when the fuel in the tank got low enough. I suspect the
1995 Passport uses a similar setup. If this is the situation, then
the fuel tank will have to be removed and the defective switch
repair/replaced. It is posible, thoguh unlikely that Honda
could have used an electronic voltage sensor to trip the light
when the fuel gauge reads below some set point. Given the
greater complexity, ie expense, I suspect that Honda went
with the same basic sensor that my Celica used.
A diagram of the electronics should show how the light works.
Removing a fuel tank is not hard, be sure to syphon out as much
fuel as you can, a 12 gallon tank full of fuel is, awkward!
IT is not for the faint of heart. Disconnect the battery!
And when I work on the fuel system, I get my wife to stay
close by with Halon. IF it was me, I would almost certainly
ignore the problem.
I own a 1995 Honda Passport, so I looked in a '95 Passport wiring
It shows two fuel level sensors, one for the fuel guage and the other
operates the low fuel light.
I would guess the the low fuel sensor is sticking.
All the fuel sensors that I have seen are mechanical....A float rubs
on a coil of resistance wire
I never let my fuel level get below a quarter full so my low fuel
light has never come on. I wonder if mine would stick if I let it get
On 22 Nov 2004 17:59:12 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Chip Stein)
My wife drives our Rodeo to work, for the most part, and she is in the habit
of letting it go until the fuel gauge is almost resting on E before getting
gas, yet the fuel low indicator light never comes on. On the other hand,
the fuel gauge sometimes seems a bit erratic and will not show full even
though I have topped off the tank, especially during cold weather. Perhaps
one of these days my wife will let the tank get a bit too empty and we'll
find out it the low end of the gauge is any more accurate than the high end.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!
Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati - When all else fails; play dead
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