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My 1997 BMW 318ti gauges have gone crazy. Gas gauge & Temp gauge, both float around. Gas tank is full, and engine is running as it should, not too hot or cold. Oddly enough, the speedometer and rpm are both working just fine, these, of course, are the ones inbetween the 2 that are acting up. What's up? Please help, I love this little car.

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  • alx973 Apr 20, 2009

    My 1995 318TI fuel guage is giving incorrect readings. The needle fluctuates continuously between empty, half and full, regardless of the amount of fuel in the gauge. I changed the fuel level sensor in the tank but the problem continues. What could be wrong?

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SOURCE: FUEL GAUGE AND LIGHT STAYS ON NEARLY EMPTY AFTER PUTTTING IN PETROL.WHATS THE MOST LIKLY FAULT. DODGY GAUGE OR FLOAT IN PETROL TANK.THANKS FLYNN.

Do you mean that the gauge registers as empty, even after the tank is filled? Probably the sending unit needs to be replaced (it's in the tank, likely partially attached to the fuel pump).

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