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My gas gage dont work someone said its the float and that i would have to replace the sending unit is that true and how

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Typically, your friend is correct, the sending unit fails the most often. You have to drop the tank to access the sending unit. If your car has fuel injection, be ready for a costly replacement, as the fuel pump is part of the sending unit.... Test the old sender with an ohm meter....

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I cannot improve on these links:
http://dodgeram.org/tech/repair/fuel_sender/sender-diy.htm

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http://www.dodgedakotas.com/boards/dea/21.html

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www.partstrain.com/

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