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    2005 k1200s - fuel reading problems

    On a trip into NorCal right now. Filled up the tank at a gas stop. 50km later I look down and my fuel gauge is showing totally empty, the yellow warning triangle is lit up and the gas pump symbol is flashing. "Miles to empty" also shows "0". All else is functioning normally.

    So my questions are...

    1. Is this just an indication that my fuel strip is toast?

    2. MAX BMW is showing the fuel strip is NA. Seriously? Not available?

    Thanks in advance for your input!

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    Added a bit to the title for clarity!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BC1100S View Post
    Is this just an indication that my fuel strip is toast?!
    Yes it is. I have some information that may help understand this problem here.

    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...=1#post1233828

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    Home from my trip now and I have to give a tip 'o the hat to Mike for his fully comprehensive treatise on fuel strips repair/replacement.


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    Last chapter....

    While I was away, I went into a dealer to see what parts I would need and what it would cost. I will not mention the dealer's name.

    1. I was told the strip was no longer available and that I would need to upgrade to...

    2. ...a float-type sensor as used in the later bikes.

    3. That later sensor requires a small bracket to attach it inside the tank - $82.00

    4. BMW North America has no stock and Germany doesn't expect stock until early September.

    When I got home I went into my dealer who had the original-style strip sensor in stock as it's a frequent failure item (as we all know).

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    Did you have to pay for it since you are outside the 12 year window? Hope it lasts since now you probably only get a two year warranty on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikegalbicka View Post
    Did you have to pay for it since you are outside the 12 year window?
    Painfully, yes.

    But I should have a new bike before the warranty expires on the new strip.

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