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Old 04-02-2003, 00:58   #1 (permalink)
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Fuel guage erratic (91 too old for recall service?)

Ok, now my 91 GT fuel guage is erratic. It will read 3/4 full one time, then full then 1/2 full and I know it is about 1/2 full. Is this the recall I read about where some wires or harness is changed near the fuel pump? Is there a quick fix I can do? How would I fix it myself, and is a car as old as mine still eligable for free service from Ford for recall items?
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For one thing, if it is a recall you would be getting a letter in the mail saying that car needs to fixed for a new part. Which I believe your Escort is too old. My parent's '90 Dodge Caravan had to be recalled and they ignored they saying it's too old and that was 3 years ago. I think your floater that is inside gas tank is bent.
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It could be, but how would that happen. I read many articles about this specific behavior being caused by some relay on the fuel pump, and that the recall for it specified a replacement of either a relay or a wire harness.
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Ask the nearest Ford Dealwership and see if they can it for free or just pay for parts.
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I took it to a Ford dealer and they ran my VIN and looked for open recalls. They said there were none (which I doubt, but I'll verify it on the Ford web-site), and it did qualify for a "program" which, as luck has it, is to replace the faulty relay on the fuel pump, so that will fix my fuel guage problem free of charge :-)
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Well thats good, you didn't pay for it and you got free donuts for waiting in waiting room. (mmmmm...donuts.)
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my fuel pump and filter were just replaced on my 90 and now the gauge is bad when it reads 3/4 full it is empty
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Yeah, the dealer said he put a new fuel pump in just before I bought the car. The dealer that did the recall work only installed an inline fuse, and it didn't fix the erratic guage. If yours is like this too after a fuel pump replacement, then I assume something in the process of replacing the fuel pump is messing something else up, causing our problem. Did you ever fix the faulty guage or find out specifically what is faulty & needs to be repaired? Does anyone else have any suggestions?
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KingKurt,
Where are you able to look for recalls on the ford website?
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There is something on the Ford web-site where you enter in your VIN, but I don't recall that giving me any valuable information. I took my car to the local Ford dealership, and they entered the VIN into their computer, and pulled up some info that way. I assume that calling the service department of your local Ford dealership would produce similar results. Just have your VIN handy and ask them if they could see if there are any open recalls or programs on your VIN. They should have an answer for you in a minute or two.
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