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Does it have a fuel warning light??

Bought a car with no manual and there appears to be a problem with the fuel gauge; won't move no matter how much fuel put in?

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It sounds like the float for the fuel gauge is probably damaged, bent or missing. It's part of the fuel pump assembly. You can try pulling the fuel pump out and inspecting the float, it will be a small square plastic object on the end of a long metal arm. Check the float itself for damage, and make sure the float arm moves freely. The other end of that arm will have an electrical contact that should be in contact with a semi-circular contact on the pump housing, usually on the inside. Make sure it's contacting that, and if those contacts look corroded, take a clean pencil eraser and rub it on the contact, just as if you were erasing a mistake. If all that checks out and the fuel gauge still isn't working, you'll need to replace it. Check to see if you can get just the gauge itself, but you'll probably have to purchase the fuel pump kit.

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Check the oil level in the gearbox when cold ,now their is a special way of doing this but a quick way is when cold it should be about a inch or so above the full mark and when engine starts it will drop ,if it all appears ok then take vehicle to teh dealer or a autobox specialist as it could be more than one specific problem and without my head under the bonnet i wouldnt know .

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