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All gauges seem to get frozen in time. I turn the car on, tachometer registers 800isg, speedometer is 0, and fuel/temp gauges seem normal. Start driving but all gauges stay where they are as if frozen in time. This is me driving at about 30 mph:
Car Vehicle Speedometer Motor vehicle Odometer


on the highway all stays the same, but then I flash the high beams to let a car over, and the gauges all jump to what they are supposed to be and freeze there. Me stuck in traffic a couple minutes later:
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Get on side road and play with high beam stalk but cannot get the gauges to react. Park the car for a bit. When I get back, everything still frozen back to idle amounts, but after 5 minutes of driving the check engine light comes on.
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After another 10 minutes of driving all gauges return to normal function but check engine light remains on. I will scan the code tomorrow, but haven’t seen anything like this before. It’s not like the gauges are dead, they just go the the value at a specific moment then get frozen there. Maybe a bad ground somewhere? Any suggestions? Many thanks.
 

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I kinda have the same problem on my kia Rio 2017 it would have trouble starting but when it did start the rpm that wasn't moving after I turn off and start again it was fine

I said one of the mechanic at my work he was saying the camshaft position sensor may you have the same problem
 

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Update - the check engine light is for 0462 fuel level sensor A circuit low input and 2067 fuel level sensor B circuit low. Maybe the level sensor is going bad and causing a short in the circuit and making all gauges go weird. Of course the fuel sending unit on the 2011 model is separate from the fuel pump, but is showing as discontinued and no stock on several web sites. Hate to replace a part without inspecting but will order a new one to replace it.
 

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Low voltage code is a circuit fault, either bad sensor or wiring issue..
 

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You may be able to remove the float sensor and test it with a ohm meter. This would depend on what type of system the fuel level uses. Your first post said nothing about codes and that is a clue to troubleshooting the problem. If you want to keep throwing parts at it, I am sure after you have spent a lot of money, you will stumble upon the cause of the problem.
 

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I pulled the sending unit and read the resistance as the float was moved. There are points of contact that don’t read in the middle of the sweep. That contact area is also discolored. I checked the new one and it read consistently through the range. New unit is in place and code cleared. All is functioning as it should. I’ll see what happens over the next couple of weeks.
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