Another Fuel Gauge Problem!

Another Fuel Gauge Problem!

Postby GMCGUY [OP] » December 11th 2011, 7:19am

:confused: Sorry guys, I searched for an hour and couldn't find a definite answer on this issue. I have 2 Astros with erratic fuel gauges, they are both 2000 model year vans. The first one which I have owned for a year and a half, we'll call it #1, has 138,000 miles on it, suddenly the fuel gauge reads all over the place until it gets below about half tank and then seems somewhat accurate but I don't chance it and run by mileage and refill early, it seems that the gauge kinda follows the fuel level but its erratic above 1/2 tank. On to #2, just picked up this one for a buddy of mine, has 168,000 miles on it and the fuel gauge reads E sometimes and then I looked down its at about 3/4 and vibrating rapidly, the previous owner said when it gets below 1/2 tank it starts reading normal but his wife always refilled it then, he couldn't say how many gallons it took at that point. So both problems seem similar in the fact that they read somewhat accurately below 1/2 tank, what I want is real life experience answers, NOT GUESSES, meaning, if you have had one of these exact problems and fixed it tell me what you replaced or repaired that you are sure fixed it. I think these "Diagnosis of weird problem" posts have a tendency to turn into a "Just throw parts at it and spend $500 bucks...that's how I fixed it", post. I'm no stranger to using a volt/ohm meter, ASE Certified Tech here that just wants a good answer, or at least a trend of the same answer, when I go to fix it I promise I will tally up the "Sender" "Gauge Cluster" and "Wiring" answers and replace the highest numbered part with a nice write up and lots of pictures. Thanks A Ton! Make the first word of your post the part you replace that fixed it.

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Re: Another Fuel Gauge Problem!

Postby Phantom » December 11th 2011, 7:40am

GMCGUY wrote::confused: I'm no stranger to using a volt/ohm meter, ASE Certified Tech here

Make the first word of your post the part you replace that fixed it.

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Re: Another Fuel Gauge Problem!

Postby Jasen » December 11th 2011, 8:42am

Many problems with modern vehicles aren't as simple as changing a light bulb you saw the element burn out in. This typically tends to be a ground issue.
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Re: Another Fuel Gauge Problem!

Postby Lumpy » December 11th 2011, 1:42pm

GMCGUY wrote:
... real life experience answers, NOT GUESSES...

...ASE Certified Tech here that just wants a good answer...

...Make the first word of your post the part you replace that fixed it.

:feedback:



Were you looking for feedback on your mechanical problem?
Or feedback on your posting style?


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Re: Another Fuel Gauge Problem!

Postby chevymaher » December 11th 2011, 3:13pm

Being a certified tech you know there is nothing ever that easy.I have never run into it to have to figure it out.So to avoid throwing throwing money at it to fix it like at work.You just gotta do like us seat of the pants Dyno,shadetree mech type like me do.Can't think of anything else nasty I been called.Take it completely apart and test everything.Personally I can't work in an atmosphere of a shop with all the arrogance and back biting.Been there done that.
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Re: Another Fuel Gauge Problem!

Postby RECox286 » December 11th 2011, 4:55pm

I like your certification certificate. What is it for ?

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Re: Another Fuel Gauge Problem!

Postby Black89cs » December 12th 2011, 12:16am

I'm not a mechanic but I'm sure not every single problem is exactly the same, however I can't effectively comment on the topic. GMCGUY, If you don't agree with the posting styles of this community then please keep your comments to yourself. Members are here to help each other, not troll the boards. Topic locked before it spirals out of control.
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