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The van had not been driven for several months. I took it out on the highway and drove it 60-70 MPH to blow-out the engine & exhaust system in preparation for an E-Test so that I could get my annual license sticker. It passed the test !! When I started the highway trip, the gas gauge indicated 1/2 tank, which it has for sometime because I have not been driving it. But during the trip, which consisted of stop & go and turns getting on and off the highway, the gauge suddenly went to "empty" ?? I put 7 gallons of gas in, but the gauge still stayed on empty. Sounds to me like the float mechanism in the tank got stuck during the "ride". How can I fix it? Thanks for your assistance. BOB

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  • elbobroom Jul 15, 2009

    Thanks for your prompt reply. I'll get on it tomorrow. Your comment on the corroded connection made me feel good when you wrote, "Common problem on vehicle laying up for a while". That had not occurred to me. I can handle that. BOB

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Hi,

You will find that your problem in order of probability is caused by;

1) Corrosion/Bad connection to Fuel sender in tank - Solution - Check wiring/connection to fuel sender - you will see wiring going to the sender which is underneath the tank. Common problem on vehicle laying up for a while. Remove tab and clean the connection - be careful not to pull on the wire itself when doing this but grip the connector firmly with pliers to remove. Clean connection with sandpaper or similar abrasive and reseat.

2) Fuel Sender in tank itself is faulty - Solution - replace Sender Unit.

3) Fuel Guage is faulty - Solution -replace guage (most unlikely of the three).

Hope this helps. Please remember to rate my answer. Many Thanks.

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