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The fuel gage is not reading correctly. The fuel gage bounces around what could be the issue

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99% OF THE TIME THE FUEL SENDING SENSOR IS DEFECTIVE. ITS LOCATED ON THE TOP OF THE FUEL PUMP ASSSEMBLY. ITS ABOUT 60-70 BUCKS FROM YOUR LOCAL DEALER. U HAVE TO TAKE THE TANK DOWN TO GET TO IT

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