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Gas gauge says empty but it has gas and will not start

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Yeah common problem that happens to most vehicles after some time.. In the gas tank,, there is a sending unit,, its basically a float attached to a variable resistor in the tank.. you need to replace this..That will fix your problem. in cars its located under the back seat in a axcess panel.. remove the back seat, remove the poael, unbolt the unit and replace it,, in truchs you normally have to drop the tank from under-neath and replace it..

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