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Old 08-08-2006, 06:32 AM
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95 E420. Fuel gauge acting weird

I recently bought a 95 E420. The car is in very good condition but it has a few minor problems. Some of them I have been able to solve by searching through the threads on this forum and finding the solutions and hints that enabled me to fix them.
However, one of the remaining problems is the fuel gauge in the dash. It tends to display a random fuel level that doesn't reflect the actual level. At first I thought the sending unit in the tank was defective, but just before I fueled up yesterday the gauge showed a full tank while the light for low fuel level came on to warn me. Now I'm not so sure anymore that the problem is still the fuel sender in the tank. Does anyone have experience with this phenomenon?

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Old 08-08-2006, 08:22 AM
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Since that is a simple resistance circuit you have only 2 parts & the wiring between them...the sending unit is much less $$$ than the guage. either start there or try different resistors to see if the guage is the problem.

The sending unit should measure between 5 & 85 ohms..should be a SMOOTH change.
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Old 08-12-2006, 01:25 PM
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62 ohms on a tank that's about half to 5/8 full. That seems about correct.

Sometimes the gauge shows the actual level, other times the gauge shows "full". My guess is a bad contact in one of the connectors. Am I right?

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