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Old 09-11-2002, 23:19   #1 (permalink)
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Fuel Gauge

Hi all.

Don't know if this is a common problem or not, whether it's a once only thing, or my fuel gauge sender is on it's way out.

I filled my ute up yesterday, but I have the feeling I overfilled it. (New bowser nozzles, the car infront and one beside me both sprayed fuel out onto the ground, over full). After it stopped filling I took it to the next dollar.

When I got in the fuel gauge went to full, the DTE came up, but as soon as I moved off the gauge read empty. So I re-started and it read full again. The gauge would then randomly read empty to full and back again. After doing 50km on this tank it has stayed on full, no more playing up.

So the question is, is it common for the gauge to play up on an over full tank or not?

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Old 09-12-2002, 04:04   #2 (permalink)
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My EF Wagon suffers from the same type of problem, I usually go to the second click when filling and this will usually put the gauge past the full mark.

If I go say twenty clicks and then start the car again it will show below the full mark and then move back up past it. If I've got under half the gauge can drop over quarter just by driving up a hill.

I'm thinking it's an errant sender unit - is there a way to test them??


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Sender unit; Remove and CAREFULLY bend TOP of arm back onto variable resistance contact strip. Remove arm (and watch out you don't lose the spring when it jumps out) from sender unit before bending top of arm a few mm only
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