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Computer and manual fuel gauge not working? - 2005 Ford Explorer

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GM just had a recall of 2 Million vehicles for this same reason. Contact GM

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  • steve May 09, 2014

    If the vehicle mark posted is correct it is a Ford not GM


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Check the fuse box under dash fuse cover will list the fuse locations , if all ok have the OBD codes read, as could be a sensor/switch ,this would be the quickest way to pinpoint the problem

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