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FUEL GAUGE READS "E" ALL THE TIME. I JUST FILL UP EVERY 200 MILES. IS THE SENDING UNIT EASILY ACCESSIBLE?

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Hi!!
The fuel level sending unit is integrated into the fuel pump, located inside the fuel tank. The fuel tank would have to be removed form the vehicle on some vehicles and on other you'll only need to remove the rear seat to access the fuel pump. The sending unit is just a lever with a float, it might have gotten stuck. If your vehicle is 10 yrs old or more, I'll be a good idea to replace the fuel pump also, since the work will be the same. Before you do anything to the pump, check the wiring form the pump to the instrument panel gauge for broken or loose wires.
Good luck!!

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