Question about 2002 Saturn VUE
Fuel gauge quit. took to a local repair shop. sent for a sending unit(115$),total to be about 250$. dropped tank and found out 03 has two sending units. they sent only one. test did not reveal much fault with either. could not wait longer for other unit(only one car in family). they cleaned and reinstalled tank. gauge showed improvment but next day eng. chk. light came on showing fault. will have to do this all over Grrrrrr. does any one supply after mkt. parts?how hard is tank to remove after exhaust is dropped? can a shop manuel be found?
Look up "Chilton" which is a handy manual. Droping a tank, with the proper tools shouldn't be too difficult, but you will need a second hand. Make sure to purchase a few flat oil pans (even paint pans work) to collect any fuel or liquids that are hazzardous. Look up a place like a "pick-n-pull" or place where old cars go to be picked...like a junk yard.
You should call the shop that worked on it at first and let them know that you found there are two sending units and they only replaced one. THey are responsible to fix the problem and not a very good mechanic if they didn't find there were two. Try to negotiate purchasing the unit, but you shouldn't have to pay for the labor since that was already paid for and wasn't done correctly.
Let me know if this helps.
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
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It sounds like a problem with the fuel gauge sender unit in the fuel tank which has worn out and gone open circuit and needs replacing. Access to the unit is usually through a removable plate in the floor in the rear of the vehicle. Disconnect the wiring connector and any hoses and then remove the securing screws. Replacement is done by reversing procedure.
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