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1987 Jeep Commanche Laredo, long bed, 4wd, auto inline 6. Just had $1,500 worth of drive train work (front to rear) done on truck. On the 90 mile trip back home gas started coming down from top of tank only when engine turned on. Had our local station take a look to see what broke. Sending unit is leaking. Tank is ok, as is fuel pump. No parts stores have sending unit. Have tried on line but am coming up blank. Wish to replace everything since we are pulling tank anyway. Want new parts not used as we do not want to do this again until at least 5yrs from now. Need new tank, straps, sending unit, fuel pump(even though old one is just fine). Having a major problem finding a new sending unit. Do we have to have a sending unit? We top off gas tank every two days so never worry about being low on fuel. Really don't need the gas gauge. Any advice on where to go would be a big help. Don't mind doing the foot work just need a few places to head to. Thank you for any advice you can offer. Respectfully submitted, Pam Michella

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I had no problem finding a sending using and gaskets for $40 on the Internet.

http://www.car-stuff.com/store/?N=&uts=true&Ntt=gas+sending+unit&search_form_button=Search!

But since the last one worked fine for 23 years, I think you are way over reacting. In fact, the sending unit is not nearly as likely as just the $2 seal. And I would not even drop the tank, much less replace it. If access is difficult, I usually just make my own access hatch by cutting looking at and measuring one in a salvage yard, either using a cutoff disk or sawsall to make an opening, and then adding metal to the edge so that you can screw the opening back down again, sealed with duct tape.

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  • lippittnutt Jul 20, 2010

    Thank you for responding. Sorry that I seemed to be overreacting but local station is quoting big bucks and the fact they could not locate sending unit. I get confused about what is correct parts for this pickup because the parts descriptions very rarely include Commanche in them. I don't know which parts from the Cherokees/Wagoneers can be used in our Commanche. But again thank you for your help. Now I at least know I can use a 1991 Grand Wagoneer unit in our 87 Commanche.

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