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My fuel gauge works intermittenly and will only show full or empty

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Hi, sounds like a possible fuel sending unit has gone bad, malfunctioning. the fuel sending unit for your vehicle is part of the fuel pump assembly inside the fuel tank. this is a very common problem with many ford and gm vehicles. you should have diagnosed before any repairs, but i would bet on the fuel sending unit being the problem.

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Possible problems are: electrical line off or broken, float not working (it's fairly delicate); or gauge not working.

Test the resistance of the sending unit with the lines disconnected, the resistance should be 2.6 to 3.8 ohms full tank, 63.3 to 67.5 ohms empty tank; and test for voltage across the top of the sender unit, if no voltage, that's likely the problem!

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Good luck!

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