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Fuel gauge gets stuck at a quarter of a tank even when filled up

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If it moves occasionally but hangs up. Most likely a bad sending unit in the gas tank. Assumming its has a good ground connection. Check the sending unit/fuel pump wire harness on the fuel tank and if you replace the sender you may get the pump as a unit or replace it if its been there since 2003 so you don't have to redo the job when the pump goes bad. Pump is sort of affordable but the sending unit is very disturbingly pricy

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