I have a 2000 Ford Windstar.The tank is full to the top. When you start the van the gas gauge initializes from the needle being bottomed out to coming up to just below the empty. The fuel light is on also. It does not move at all when the van is running, but so as you turn it off the needle goes back down at the bottom.
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Re: Gas gauge not working
Hi, This sounds like the sender unit in the fuel tank is worn or possibly a corroded/ bad earth from the unit itself. There should be an inspection plate above the fuel tank removal of this should reveal the sender unit and connections, if not can you see on top of it? make sure all connections are clean and not gunged up with corrosion. Try spraying Wd40 or similar around the area whilst wiggling the plugs/wires. Good Luck, Please press the Blue Button to appraise my FREE! Effort. Thank You! Paul 'W' U.K.
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Gas as in gasoline or gas as in LPG gas? If its petrol, the fuel sender may be out of adjustment. (Usually means a new sender) If its LPG, the fuel stations are set to automatically shut off at 80% full. The gas tank will never actually be full to the brim but the gauge should be showing full if the gas nozzle keeps shutting off. Have a look on the LPG tank itself, they have a little gauge on them which shows how full it is. I have 2 tanks on my car , when "full" or when the pump shuts down, the tank gauges show just under full but the gauge on the cars dash shows full (2005 BA Ford)
It may be the sending unit in the tank that needs replacing. Here's how you can check: Turn the key on and disconnect the sender unit at the gas tank. Ground the sender unit's wire with a jumper wire from the truck's harness to ground. Watch the gauge. If the gauge on the dash is good, grounding the sender wire will cause the gauge needle to react and should move to full. This would indicate a new sending unit is required. If the gauge doesn't move when the sender unit is grounded, the gauge is bad and needs replacing. Pull the instrument cluster out to replace the gas gauge. Likely any old ford gas gauge might work-back then, there were not so many production changes.
The first and most common is to check the fuelpump, if you have a preasure gauge check the preasure while cranking the engine, you can also turn key on and listen for humming noise from tank to see if pump is working. ive found that if one person trys starting the van while at the same time you beat on botoom of the center of the gas tank this shakes the fuel pump and van starts this means the pump is bad, give it a try. must beat while someone is cranking. NOTE; use rubber hammer.
Start the car with the hood open. Check the engine compartment as well as the fuel line from the fuel tank to the engine compartment. If there is a leak you will find it. Remember gasoline will evaporate quickly when there is air movement so watch carefully to make sure you don't look over the leak.
Before you start your van, and the key's are on accesory. Does your needle move? If it does, your gage is good and you have a bad ground or wire harness. Worst you could have a bad sending unit and that is in the gas tank it self. Start with checking all the wire connection. Good luck.