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Fuel Sending Unit

95 volvo 960, fuel gage in not working. I can see the needle moved a bit whenever I turn the ignition switch on. I believed the sending unit is gone bad but how do I get it out? Please advise. Thanks.

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You do need to replace the guage sending unit in the gas tank, u must remove the gas tank, this is not really a job for a DIYer.

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