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Gas gauge for 1983 nissan truck died

The gas gauge for my 1983 nissan truck stop working. The needle stays on empty.

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Common problem. I have an '83 and '84, and the gas gauge is broken in both. The manual (Chilton) says replace the sensor, but you have to drop the tank and open it up to do this.

I just watch the odometer and keep a spare gallon in the back...

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It is unlikely to be the fuel gauge, look instead to the sending unit. a wire probably is loose or corroded, if you know about how much fuel you should have, then remove the negative cable from the battery and do a ohms test on the sending unit. (low ohms w/ full tank= good, high ohms w/ low fuel= good). DO NOT attempt this with the battery connected as it could FRY your meter or risk fire.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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