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Old 11-29-2007, 06:47 AM   #1
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ok. this is another thing i am confused about, when i brake or turn, is my gas gauge really supposed to be moving all over the place??!! now i know that other cars that have thier gauges do this, they have floaters but really is there anyway i can get it 2 stay in 1 spot without having to fill up they tank? i had a few guesses about the solution by changing the tank and sending unit knowing that the gas reader is attatched to it. anybody have any solutions they think might be able to help?
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ok. this is another thing i am confused about, when i brake or turn, is my gas gauge really supposed to be moving all over the place??!! now i know that other cars that have thier gauges do this, they have floaters but really is there anyway i can get it 2 stay in 1 spot without having to fill up they tank? i had a few guesses about the solution by changing the tank and sending unit knowing that the gas reader is attatched to it. anybody have any solutions they think might be able to help?
It'* a common complaint here. When I fill my fuel tank, the gas gauge bounces back and forth from full to empty for about 20 miles, then settles down and is fine.

If the sender wasn't $300 or so, it'* practically annoying enough to replace, but $300 is a lot of beer.
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no i can get 1 for about 152 and some change if im not mistaken
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no i can get 1 for about 152 and some change if im not mistaken
I paid $163 for mine. And I'm paying an unholy amount of hassle to drop the tank.



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no i can get 1 for about 152 and some change if im not mistaken
I paid $163 for mine. And I'm paying an unholy amount of hassle to drop the tank.



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Yeah, I replaced my fuel pump. When the gas gauge went **** up, I decided I could live with it.
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o well i can get it dropped for free because either i could do it or i could go to my old school and have the kids in the auto shop do it. but i wonder if i should buy a new tank also thats modified with a gas pan so it wont move as much because that thing is starting to get anoying but i can deal with it.
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o well i can get it dropped for free because either i could do it or i could go to my old school and have the kids in the auto shop do it. but i wonder if i should buy a new tank also thats modified with a gas pan so it wont move as much because that thing is starting to get anoying but i can deal with it.
I dropped mine in the driveway. Put the car up on ramps. Worked fine.
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It'* a common complaint here. When I fill my fuel tank, the gas gauge bounces back and forth from full to empty for about 20 miles, then settles down and is fine.

If the sender wasn't $300 or so, it'* practically annoying enough to replace, but $300 is a lot of beer.
Does the gauge go bad or is the float now hanging up on varnish or a rough spot and it can be restored by polishing the shaft the float slides on? I had a 64 GMC truck that had varnish buildup causing the float to stick, clean up with steel wool fixed the problem. I tried a fuel system cleaner in the tank and it helped some but it wasn't a fix.

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no it isnt that its stuck. say that you fill the tank up with gas. when the gauge gets in between 3/4 and full, any movement you make in the car(turns,braking,acceleration) the gauge moves. if you brake the needle falls toward the E. accel. and it heads back to F. turn right with the same amount of gas and its heading back down toward the E yet if you turn the oposite way, it stays in place.
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I have the same problem, but the guage moving isn't my concern. What concerns me is when the gas sloshes hard at a level less than 5gal my pump sucks air and the car bogs.

I also have the gas guage problem. The one where it sits at empty when filled and then pegs past full at approx 40mi. Elsewhere on this site I found the "solder in a resistor" fix for this. and I intend to do this asap.

Using the trip odometer and my gas milage I know where I stand fuel wise. Up until 13 gallons I'm good. After that I have to worry about the sloshing problem.

Which gas tanks will solve this problem? I have a 96 SE and hope the tank in this one will work. If it will work can I swap the whole thing, tank, sender and pump?

Thanks for the help
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