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How to reset a fuel gauge

Updated April 17, 2017

The fuel gauge in your automobile indicates the amount of fuel that remains in the gas tank. Some fuel gauges have an analogue display while others have a digital or liquid crystal display. Electronic and software malfunctions may cause the fuel gauge in your automobile to inaccurately measure or display the amount of fuel remaining in the gas tank. If this happens, reset your fuel gauge. Each make and model of car has its own specific instructions on how to reset the fuel gauge, but the process is basically the same.

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  1. Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position.

  2. Press the "Odo/Trip" button until the odometer is put into "ODO" mode.

  3. Turn off the ignition.

  4. Press and hold the "Odo/Trip" button. Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position. Hold the "Odo/Trip" button for two seconds. Release the "Odo/Trip" button and then immediately press it again, release it, press it, release it and then press it and hold it. Hold the button until the levelling information is displayed on the odometer, about five seconds.

  5. Release the "Odo/Trip" button.

  6. Press and hold the "Odo/Trip" button until the odometer display reads "1", which indicates the reset process has begun.

  7. Release the "Odo/Trip" button when the reset process is complete, which is indicated when the odometer display returns to normal.

  8. Turn off the ignition.

  9. Tip

    The instructions in this article are based on a Toyota Prius and other Toyota models. Consult your automobile's owner's manual for specific instructions on how to reset the fuel gauge on your make and model of car.

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About the Author

Rob Kemmett

Rob Kemmett began writing professionally in 2010 and specializes in writing about food and hospitality. Kemmett has worked in various fine-dining restaurants throughout his career and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.

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