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The Gas guage goes up and then down and the gas light goes off

I filled my tank up yesterday and when I drove off the gas tank still read empty and the gas light stayed on. After driving around a few miles it finally started to register the gas, but now the gauge goes up and down and the gas light dings on and off.

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Sending unit is going bad...

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