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Gas gage show full all the time

Gas gauge show full all the time. I want to know if problem could be on gas tank floater or the gauge could be bad. I have access to the fuel pump and disconnected the wiring harness. I check the gas gauge to see if any change accur. the result was the same still full. Need help to diagnos problem.

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It could be the cluster. but first find out if the pump and the sender unit is one. you may have not disconnected the right plug if you did disconnect the right plug your instrument cluster could be bad

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