Hello Forum, I am having trouble with the fuel gauge on my 99 Audi TT 180bhp Quattro. This is the only problem I've ever had with the instrument cluster and has been like this since I bought the car so I can't say when it started acting like this - Please tell me its an easy fix!
I have uploaded a video to youtube for you to see, quality isnt great but you'll get the idea!
(video has since been removed)
Basically this is the problem:
The gauge seems to be about 15 to 20 degrees too far clockwise so it shows more fuel in the tank than there is. The fuel light comes on long before the pin is in the red and I would estimate that the tank would be empty about half way down the red (I know becuase I once ran out of petrol at this mark!!!). To me this seems like the pin itself is just misaligned?
The video shows the full behaviour but here is a little description to go along with it:
* When the car is switched off, the pin sits at zero.
* Once the key is turned the pin jumps to half way into the red (where I would estimate the tank is empty) then very quickly jumps again to its final position, which depends on how much fuel is in the tank (in the video this is at the first white mark outside the red zone). There is not actually this much fuel in the tank, there is less as the fuel light is on.
* When the car is turned off again, the gauge moves to 'estimated empty' for about 20 seconds before eventually falling to zero on the gauge, where it stays until the car key is inserted and turned again.
I am not sure if it is a coincidence or not that the pin finally rests at zero when the car is off - where does it rest on all of your TTs? I am hoping you will say it sits a little bit below zero! In this case I reckon all I need to do is adjust the pin itself. My 'reckonings' aren't always correct so advice appreciated!
Here are pics of the 3 positions the gauge goes to as described above:
(pics have since been removed)
I think I've described this in enough detail but if anyone needs me to clarify any points please ask... obviously
Anyway thanks in advance, I'm sure someone can advise me on what to do.