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Fuel gauge error.

After my gauge had gone empty thus the meter was seating on E. It failed to come up after filling up the tank. I noticed a fuse had blown off. I changed it and still no respose what cool this be? I also do not have a manual for my car

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  • mukangae Jun 14, 2009

    I opened my tank and noticed that there was a broken cable on the cables that read fuel gauge. I joined it back and my gauge came up and it's working.

  • mukangae Jun 16, 2009

    it hekped man, keep up the good work. keep helping people as much as you can I was probably going to spend a lot of money if i had taken it to the garage.

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On the e36 its very common for the fuel level resistor to pack up. This is found on the fuel sender unit.

To gain access to this you need to remove the rear seat base and possibly a metal plate on the offside (right rear passenger). This will give you access to the upper part of the fuel tank. You'll then find a large retainer in which you will need a special tool to remove ... or a flat bladed screwdriver and hammer to gently tap it loose and unscrew. Disconnect the fuel lines but keep the connector on if possible (or reconnect after sender removed) and lift up the sender seated on the fuel tank. You can now see the fuel level seat (a black plastic piece) attached to small metal pipe connecting to the resistor. By moving the fuel level seat up and down you should notice the fuel level gauge on the instrument cluster go up and down respectively (need ignition on). Hopefully this should determine the cause for your problem.

I'm not sure if the resistor comes seperate on these or if the sender has to be bought complete.

Hope this helps!

Posted on May 27, 2009

Testimonial: "fantastic it worked the gauge is ok there was one broken cable in the tank."

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    AnIdea Jun 14, 2009

    Nice work, saved yourself a lot of hassle and money doing it yourself and luckily was nothing expensive. Glad to have helped!

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