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1996 Plymouth Grand Voyager Fuel Gage issue

My fuel gage only seems to work between half and full. When the fuel gage reads half a tank it is empty, when it reads 3/4 it is really only 1/4. When the gage reads full I have between 1/2 tank to full. Is there an adjustment that can be made? It seems to work properly. the E is shifted to 1/2. Hope you can help.

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Sounds like a sending unit, but check grounds and connectors for corrosion. The sending unit is in the fuel tank, and can be costly, also you need to work safe practices. Try just setting the trip meter when you fill up and run the number of miles that would normally leave you with 1/4 of a tank. draw back always fill up. it is a lot cheaper than the repair, they want over $250 for one in my dodge dakota

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It sounds like the fuel level sending unit located on the fuel pump is malfunctioning. The solution for this is to have it replaced. You can do this yourself but I wouldn't recommend it as the vehicle needs to be lifted and the fuel tank needs to be dropped out. This can be preformed for about 100-150 in most shops.

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