Saabs are one of the most popular European vehicles, though they have their fair share of issues. In particular, the fuel level sensor seems to be riddled with problems, especially in the 9-3 and 9-5 models. In this article, we are going to discuss the significance of the fuel sensors, why your Saab need one, and what you should do if the fuel level sensor in your Saab begins to malfunction.
Why are fuel level sensors important?
As a preface, Saab vehicles are known for other attributes, not their gas mileage. On average, you can expect your fuel to last about 20 miles per gallon. With your gas tank topped off, you will average less than 400 miles from your Saab. Since you don’t want to find yourself stranded because your gas tank is smaller than other vehicles, you need a properly functioning fuel level sensor in your vehicle. It will send data to your fuel gauge to alert you when your gas is getting low and needs a refill.
Online Saab forums are ripe with drivers complaining that the sensors keep malfunctioning and eventually fail. Since it is such a prevalent issue, let’s talk about ways that you can tell if your Saab is experiencing fuel level sensor malfunctions.
Warning Signs of a Malfunctioning Fuel Level Sensor in a Saab
If your Saab’s fuel level sensors begin to malfunction or fail, you are going to notice some issues pretty quickly:
- Consistently running out of gas sooner than you thought. In reality, your fuel may not actually be running out more quickly, but because your fuel level sensor is malfunctioning, it may alert you to a low fuel level when this is not true.
- The fuel gauge is stuck on empty when your tank still has fuel. If you do pull over to a gas station and notice that you aren’t even close to being out of fuel, it could be the fault of the fuel level sensor. Your gauge is giving you false information because it can’t pick up any data.
- The gauge is behaving erratically. If the needle of your gauge is moving back and forth, it could be because the data is faulty and constantly fluctuating when it otherwise would be consistent.
Why Fuel Level Sensors Malfunction in a Saab
Here are some of the most common reasons why fuel level sensors malfunction in Saabs:
- The floating internal part of the sensor is broken off. There is a part of the fuel level sensor that floats in the fuel to test the current levels in the tank. If that piece is broken, then the fuel sensor can’t get the data that it needs in order to alert the gauge to the proper amount of fuel.
- Your Saab could be having issues with circuitry if your fuel level sensor is failing. All parts of your vehicle that rely on electricity need enough voltage in order to function. When the components aren’t getting power, they cannot alert you to possible issues or monitor your vehicle for proper function.
- Time and natural wear. All car parts break down and need to be replaced over time due to general wear and tear. The same can be said of your Saab’s fuel level sensor. This is inevitable, you simply need to know a trusted mechanic to replace or repair the part.
Where to Go for Saab Repairs
Depending on where you live, it may be difficult to decide where to go for Saab-brand repairs. Parts for many of these models are not stocked in many auto parts stores any longer. You need qualified technicians who can order parts or who have them in stock and also know how to replace and maintain them.
If you are in this situation, come see the professionals at Master Mechanics Auto Repair. Our expert technicians can handle most any brand of vehicle, but we specialize in European models like Saabs. You can trust that you will be in good hands when you bring your vehicle to us. If you are located in Battle Creek, Portage, or Kalamazoo, Michigan, make an appointment today for repairs or come in for a consultation.