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Gas needle doesnt work

The only way i have to figure out how i need gas is to look at my mileage because my gas needle just kind of does what it wants is that fixable?

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Yes but it will involve completely draining the gas tank and then removing it from the vehicle. The sending unit for the gas gauge is part of the internal pump and pick up in the gas tank.
Difficult to do without a lift on a garage floor.

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