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This has happened twice. Normal driving no problem then low fuel light blinks. Turn off car light stops blinking. Within 5 minutes CEL ELECTRONICS comes on. Codes P0455, P1420, P1525 and P1533. Clear codes and within days same thing has happened. I know what all the codes mean but what would cause this K40 relay? BTW car always runs perfect as far as I can tell.
 

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Typically the low fuel gauge light blinks when the evap system suspects the gas cap is loose hence the P0455.

The other codes a Benz specific and I don't know them off the top of my head.

-TDP
 

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OK low fuel lamp blinks then after I stop and restart the ELECTRONICS warning and cel comes on. Is it possible the gas cap can really cause this P0455 to be reset? How about I take the gas cap off completely?
 

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If you take off your gas cap completely wouldn't it definitely throw a code
 

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Yesterday the low fuel light started blinking I decided to just keep driving for about another hour. The cel ELECTRONICS did not come on until after I shut the engine off. The cel ELECTRONICS came on right away. Only 1 code P0455 (evap emission control leak gross leak detected). I put a new fuel cap on today so we shall see if the problem is solved. Would the next item to suspect be the charcoal canister?
 

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Update. New fuel cap installed. Yesterday the low fuel light came on NOT BLINKING. After stop it turned off. No codes. Ran fine the entire time is this fixed?
 

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Flashing Fuel Light and CEL

OK low fuel lamp blinks then after I stop and restart the ELECTRONICS warning and cel comes on. Is it possible the gas cap can really cause this P0455 to be reset? How about I take the gas cap off completely?
Had the exact same problem after a fill-up. A day later I got a flashing low fuel light on a full tank. This happened twice. The third time, the CEL light came on and then the flashing low fuel light.

Happily I found the above post, checked the gas cap and the station attendant had not put the cap on completely until it clicked. Reseated the cap, checked the codes (there was a 0455), cleared it and now all is well again.

Thanks for saving me a trip to the mechanic.
 
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