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Old 04-09-2001, 01:18 PM
Josie's Dad
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While driving me 1989 300E (Federal) to work today I noticed the fuel gauge doing some kind of tango. This happens when I come to a full stop and when I accelerate it appear's to be fine. Twice when I was at full stop, the gauge danced a bit then bottomed out to Zero! I also noticed my oil gauge doing some kind of Limbo dance also. I've replaced the brushes about a year ago in the alternater, have a 3 month old battery. Is there somewhere else I should be looking to get the dance machine to leave my car alone?

I would appreciate any thoughts or suggestions!

Josie's Dad (Dancing to the oldies but goodies!)

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Old 04-09-2001, 01:38 PM
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It is the fuel level sending unit. My 85 380SE does the same thing from about 1/2 tank all the way down. The contact for the low fuel lamp is completely seperate from the level sensor and it is reliable.
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Old 04-09-2001, 11:18 PM
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I have a '88 190E that has an erratic fuel gauge. It rarely works. If you smack the top of the dash it generally will move around quite a bit, I don't know when to trust it though. I would assume this is probably a loose ground in the gauge? The gauge wouldn't move if it was the sending unit would it?
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Old 04-09-2001, 11:24 PM
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just a thought...
have you checked your fuses?

my 2 cents
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Old 04-09-2001, 11:28 PM
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If you have more than one guage doing a dance you better check connections and grounds
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