My 2006 Ford F-150 fuel gauge quit working. I noticed the service engine light came on and my mini message center indicated that i had low fuel. Added sixty dollars of fuel and no change on fuel gauge, still low. Checked the fuse and seemed fine. The service engine light was no longer on also, but still fuel gauge is not working. Do you guys have any ideas as to what might be the problem?
Normally I'd say the float/sending unit in the gas tank is the culprit, however the fact that your service engine light is involved requires further investigation, You need to hook up an obd2 reader to the interface mounted under your dashboard and see what it has to say, there might be a simple error code preventing your gauge from functioning. Many auto parts stores will do this for you for free...
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There is a TSB on high sulfur fuel usage, and how it impacts the fuel level resistance. If you change fuel, it might start working again. The TSB is : ERRATIC FUEL GAUGE OPERATION TSB 08-2-9
Publication Date: January 22, 2008 FORD: 2004-2008 F-150 LINCOLN: 2006-2008 Mark LT
ISSUE: Some 2004-2008 F-150 and 2006-2008 Mark LT vehicles, built before 12/3/2007, may exhibit erratic fuel gauge operation or illuminated malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) with diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) P0460 or P0463, and/or Instrument Cluster Module DTC B1201. This may be caused by sulfur contamination in the fuel causing an open or high resistance in the fuel level sender.
ACTION: Follow the Service Procedure steps to correct the condition.
Install a new fuel level sender following the service procedure instruction sheet provided in the fuel sender kit.
PART NUMBER PART NAME 8L3Z-9A213-E Kit - Fuel Sender (2006 starting 12/8/2005 through 2008 - FFV-26 Gal Tank - 126/132" WB ) 8L3Z-9A213-F Kit - Fuel Sender (2006 starting 12/8/2005 through 2008 - FFV-30 Gal Tank - 139" WB) 8L3Z-9A213-G Kit - Fuel Sender (2006 starting 12/8/2005 through 2008 - FFV-27 Gal Tank - 145/151/163" WB 8L3Z-9A213-H Kit - Fuel Sender (2006 starting 12/8/2005 through 2008 - FFV-36 Gal Tank - 145/151/163" WB 8L3Z-9A213-A Kit - Fuel Sender (2004 through 2008 - Gas-26 Gal Tank - 126/132" WB 8L3Z-9A213-B Kit - Fuel Sender (2004 through 2008 - Gas-30 Gal Tank - 139" WB 8L3Z-9A213-C Kit - Fuel Sender (2004 through 2008 - Gas-27 Gal Tank - 145/151/163" WB 8L3Z-9A213-D Kit - Fuel Sender (2004 through 2008 - Gas-36 Gal Tank - 145/151/163"WB
WARRANTY STATUS: Eligible Under Provisions Of New Vehicle Limited Warranty Coverage And Emissions Warranty Coverage IMPORTANT: Warranty coverage limits/policies are not altered by a TSB. Warranty coverage limits are determined by the identified causal part.
OPERATION DESCRIPTION TIME 080209A 2004-2008 F-150, 2006-2008 Mark LT: Install New Fuel Level Sender, Includes Time To Remove And Install Fuel Tank (Do Not Use With 9002A, 9002A4, 9002A6) 1.9 Hrs.
DEALER CODING BASIC PART NO. CONDITION CODE 9A299 42