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I have a 1970 nova. the gas gauge is not working properly, when i disconnect the sending unit wire and ground it the gauge will move to full and back. with sending unit on work bench i check the ohms readings and get 0 with float down and 92 with float up. when i connec sending unit to harness the gauge moves but with float all the way up i get a reading just under 1/2 tank. im lost any help would be greatley appreciated. thx tinman t

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SOURCE: 1987 ford Bronco II fuel gage doesn't work-reads empty all time

I need to know if the other gauges are accurate. There is a voltage regulator mounted on the back side of the dash that can go bad and often does, that will make the other gauges inaccurate also.

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SOURCE: 1966 Ford Mustang Gas Guage not working

I had a similar problem. In my 1966 Mustang gas tank, the fuel pick-up was on a "float." My float developed a hole, filled with gasoline, and sank to the bottom of the tank, therefore, the gauge always read empty, but the car ran well. All the other gauges of course worked correctly. The repair was a relatively simple soldering job (after removing the float from the tank), but if that is indeed the problem, ensure all the gasoline is drained from the float before beginning the soldering job.

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sounds like the float isnt sitting proplery in the tank

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SOURCE: 2001 chevy silverado 4.8 gas gauge not working properly

Fairly common problem with GM vehicles. The sending unit in your tank has a small circuit board that an arm is attached to which moves up and down according to your fuel level. This circuit board and arm are not making good contact. Unfortunately the only good solution is to replace this part.

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SOURCE: Gas gauge is not reading correctly. Shows a full

the problem is caused by a defective gas gauge sending unit, this part is located inside the gas tank, you must remove the gas tank to replace it.

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If they do then partially remove your cluster with connector still installed and check for voltage at cluster connector and gauge. Check continuity of cluster and gauge for ground.

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