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Old 06-30-2002, 11:59 PM
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Fuel Gauge Problems On 96 C280

all of a sudden my fuel gauge has a delay before it goes to the right level... just yesterday it used to pop up when i had the key in the 2 position now it doesnt pop up until the car is in D... is this a preview of things to come?
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Old 07-01-2002, 05:55 PM
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REPLACE THE FUEL TANK SENDING UNITS. TIPICAL PROBLEM ON THE 202'S.
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Old 07-01-2002, 11:00 PM
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how much does this part cost... and is it easy to do yourself... Also the light doesnt come on when the needle is low so I don't know if this a problem with the sensor or the gauge itself...


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Old 07-02-2002, 12:28 AM
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It could also be the needle sticking to the "stop." My temp gauge and tachometer won't register (in hot weather mostly... summer) until I whack the top of the dash with my hand. MB used a paint that turned goopy (sp?) in hot weather!
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Old 07-02-2002, 01:13 AM
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I don't think its the paint b/c it randomly will go up and down while i drive... usually goes up at a stop and then starts heading down when i start going again
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Old 07-02-2002, 01:30 AM
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its not very hard to do. some special tools needed, but that could be worked out without them. they have different prices.they both run about 180.00. there also might be a connecting pin or wire modification.
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Old 07-02-2002, 01:38 AM
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is there anywhere i could find some directions for this and the part numbers? and also is this most likely what the problem is... i was hoping it would be something easier, but i guess i am out of luck...
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Old 07-02-2002, 03:31 AM
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Yes, sounds like the fuel level sender.
This is a very common problem... I think the repair is something like $200. Maybe you can get them to pay for part of it. I'm not sure if this is a DUI or not.
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2006 C230k (Dad's)
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Old 07-02-2002, 11:56 AM
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It think it is a DIY repair, it is not too hard to do yourself.

I occasionally have the problems with my fuel gauge, but it works 99.9% of the time, so I am not concerned yet.

As stated before, this a common problem caused by the fuel tank sending units, there are two and both need to be replaced. When I looked into the costs, I found that the fuel tank senders are a dealer-only item and the cost is a little under $200 for both of them.
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Old 07-03-2002, 01:22 AM
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ok today the rain stopped for a little bit and now my fuel gauge is perfectly fine...... i am pretty confused.... it has worked all day.... could the rain have had something to do with it????????

anyways i am happy i dont have to spend 200 bucks

thanks for all the help
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