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Old 03-21-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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Gas Gauge Stuck/Broken

My gas gauge is stuck at max full. Any ideas what the issue might be, and how to fix it?

2001 Ford E350 extended body. Not sure what size gas tank it has, previous buyer told me it was a 50 gallon tank, but I've never been able to get more than 39 gallons in it.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:55 PM   #2
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Re: Gas Gauge Stuck/Broken

Any idea what kind of van we are talking about?

Year, Make, Model?

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Any idea what kind of van we are talking about?

Year, Make, Model?

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Edited to include. That would help!
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Re: Gas Gauge Stuck/Broken

Is that a rear tank, or a side tank?

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Is that a rear tank, or a side tank?

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Not sure I know the answer to that. The filler tube is between the drivers door and the rear wheel, does that help? How do I tell the difference, and how does this make a difference figuring out what is causing the guage to stick?
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Re: Gas Gauge Stuck/Broken

Probably doesn't make any difference, I was just curious. A ~50 gallon tank was rear mounted at least on cutaway vans. When you added 39 gallons, was it empty (engine quit from no fuel) or just running low? Just curious.

Does the gauge drop when you turn the key off? If not, the gauge is probably bad. And that may mean an instrument cluster from a wrecking yard.

If it drops when the key is off, then either the sender or the wiring is the culprit. And usually that means you have to drop the tank to get to the sender.

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Re: Gas Gauge Stuck/Broken

The sending unit has a mechanical float. The float can be bent which will cause it to stick in one position. Our new van had this issue.
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Re: Gas Gauge Stuck/Broken

If the wiring would be damaged, it would be on empty and not go up, at least like on my 2009.
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Re: Gas Gauge Stuck/Broken

Generally it is a float or pickup issue. Could be a wiring short which should be checked first. General fix is run the tank fuel down, lower tank (google or look it up), replace sensor/fuel pump assy. For gas the part runs ~$400.....You might get lucky and find wiring issue or a stuck float that is fixable.
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Probably doesn't make any difference, I was just curious. A ~50 gallon tank was rear mounted at least on cutaway vans. When you added 39 gallons, was it empty (engine quit from no fuel) or just running low? Just curious.

Does the gauge drop when you turn the key off? If not, the gauge is probably bad. And that may mean an instrument cluster from a wrecking yard.

If it drops when the key is off, then either the sender or the wiring is the culprit. And usually that means you have to drop the tank to get to the sender.

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The gauge drops when I turn off the key, so I guess it must be the wiring or the sender.
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