I have a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2. I had someone replace my battery and he put it in backwards blowing out my gas pump and gas gauge. I did replace the fuel pump and also had a new battery installed. However, my fuel gauge still reads full. I have had all of the fuses checked and they are all working. How can I fix this? : )
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Re: Gas Gauge Constantly Reads Full.
Sometimes the pointer gets stuck on the wrong side of the stop post. Try fishing a lenght of stiff wire through the trip odometer reset button and hole. Just lift the pointer over the post and it will fall back in place. If you can't do it that way you will have to remove the cluster part way and drill a small hole in the plastic case above or beside gauge in between the clear plastic cover and gauge face. This happens more times than you would think. The reversed polarity causes the pointer to spin in the opposite direction and it gets hung up.
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You haven't flooded the engine correct, check the spark plugs. Also, how fresh is the gas? Try shaking the car to get the gas mixed up and try cleaning out the cylinders with a torch to blow out excess gas. You should also either try cleaning the spark plugs or replace them if they look bad. It is starting up fine, correct? The alternator is good, right? I believe it is since it sounds like you didn't drive it long enough to drain the battery but check it anyway. By losing power, did the electronics start shutting off first or did the engine die first as this would show whether the alternator is bad or not. Please answer my questions and get back to me on what shut off first when it died and I will help you narrow down the problem with this car.
you have a float arm in the tank that rises when you add fuel I think its called the sending unit in the tank with fuel pump. it could be getting defective or it could be you fuel hand gauge going defective.but biggest part of time its the sending unit in the tank, hope this helps
If the check engine light is on, take the car to an autoparts store and have them scan the computer for stored fault codes, Most parts stores will do the scan for free. It could be a faulty fuel sending unit or a problem in the evap emissions system. Getting the codes should help narrow down the cause. A fault in the evap system should trigger a fault code. Hope this helped and best wishes.