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Old 08-30-2001, 02:50 PM
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fuel guage light

Hello everyone....

Hopefully a simple question and easy fix. My 83 300d fuel gauge light does not come on when the fuel tank is almost empty. When starting , or waiting for the glow plug light to go out, the light does come on, so I know the bulb works.

I did use the search function, always do as I don't want to waste anybody's time, but couldn't find an answer.

Many thanks again, as always, this is the best forum anywhere.

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Old 08-30-2001, 09:48 PM
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Had the opposite problem on my 83 300D turbo. The light came on any time it wanted. I finally replaced the in tank sender, I tried to clean it but it did not last. In case you don't know the tank sensor is what triggers the light to come on bright indicating low fuel or reserve. Parts shop sells the unit for about seventy bucks shipping and all. it was worth it in piece of mind, My wife had run out of fuel once and that was enough. you can get to it through the first aid kit behind the rear seat, just take the two screw's out and lift the kit out. Then take a pair of channel locks and unscrew the unit. It should not be to tight, you will also need to reuse the o-ring from the old unit. do not overtight. I do not know of anything else that would cause the light to not light up at low fuel. As you said earlier the bulb is ok.
Keith Schuster
2006 E350 98K miles
2013 Ford Explorer 15K miles
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Old 08-31-2001, 01:19 PM
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fuel light

Hi Shoe,

Nice Harley. Thanks for the response and help, I'll try it tonight. think I'll clean it first, not sure how but I'll probably figure it out.

It is a great piece of mind tool, I'm really uncomfortable driving when the needle gets down to empty, nice to know when you've got a couple of gallons left. Thanks again.

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