{Stus-List} Fuel Gauge Fix - need advice

Steve Thomas sthoma20 at sympatico.ca
Wed Mar 17 21:44:21 EDT 2010

 I have always wondered why the conventional sending units in gas tanks
don't cause explosions, what with a sliding contact along a resistive
element. One would think that under some conditions, especially with wear,
that it would cause a spark. An electronic gauge need not draw enough power
to make a spark possible, but the conventional (old fashioned) type draws
enough that a spark ought to be possible.

 Steve Thomas

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Subject: Re: {Stus-List} Fuel Gauge Fix - need advice

Hi Pete
The sender is a variable resistor - which means that it will allow a
voltage through depending on where the float ends up.  If you can easily
pull out the sender from the tank, hook it up to power and a volt meter,
check for voltage change while moving it.

To check the gage:
1) disconnect the wire off it, measure voltage between that voltage and
ground - if there is voltage there, the gage is likely bad.
2) you can also supply power to the gage, see what it does.  Maybe try a
9v battery on it and see if the needle moves.

good luck!
 - Graham
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kelly petew wrote:

> My fuel gauge quit on me some time ago.
> I'm guessing the sending unit is bad, but how can you test the gauge
> to be sure it is not the problem??
> Thanks!!
> Pete Winters
> 30MKII
> Siren Song
> Lower Chesapeake - Deltaville, VA
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