Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 11:42:15 -0800
Subject: Re: My Gas Gage Has a Mind Of It's Own

On Tue, 11 Jan 2000 16:51:43 GMT, wrote: >Nutmegger, >Sort of had the same problem guage, would go from full to empty in >about 100 miles and then take another 200 before the low fuel light >came on >Could be the earthing (grounding) is abit duff. Try cleaning all the >electrical contacts under the boot (truck) floor first. You can lift >the floor covering the access to the tank guage and pump and do the >same thing. >You could take the guage sender assembly out of the tank and move it >around and see what the guage does. If no success you could use a multi >meter to check the resistance of the guage float when moved from full >to empty, making sure there is no "dead" spots. The resistance should >change smoothly as the float is moved. Check the voltage supply at the >guage sender unit. >If no luck there the wiring connected to the dash could be loose/dirty, >depending on the age of your car there may be a resistor across the >contacts on the back of the guage. Taking it out is a pain, checking >the sender is easier which is why I did that first. Finally tracked two >problems down in my car, bad earth in the back of the car and a poor >connection to the guages (temperature gauge always seemed to read low) >The tank is plastic and unless punctured should be ok >Good Luck >Malc >Scotland > Even worse, but it must be mentioned: Another electrical circuit has a short (probably in the dash) and it is finding ground through your fuel guage. This can cause irratic readings. -- When a person delegates their responsibilities to another, that person loses the right to complain about the misuse of those responsibilities. -R. Shereda 1999

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