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GAS GAUGE NEVER READS FULL AFTER FILL UP. IS THIS SOMETHING I CAN DO ON MY OWN TO FIX.

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There is, but it is not worth the work involved. Purchase a replacement gage and install it. This of course involves removing the fuel tank. Frankly, I'd rather go to the dentist. Drain the fuel, mash your fingers, get dirt in your eyes, risk dangerous explosions, waste an otherwise beautiful Saturday and possibly the weekend, risk damaged components and for what? So it will read full instead of almost full?

Expect to pay $40.00 or more for the device. Tools you will need? Pliers, screw driver, floor jack, bumper jack (what ever your car uses to change a tire), and jack stands. Never get under a car supported only by the jack you use to change the tire. Hammer, mallet, sockets, handles and extensions - preferably 'explosion proof' you you have access, and of course a nice dry, well ventilated place to work. You should run your tank as low as you can so you will not have to handle a large quantity of fuel. You will need buckets. You may need to repair wires and hoses - be prepared to run to the parts store for these incidentals. Loosen the filler tube and pry it off of the tank - try not to damage it. Catch the fuel. Put the floor jack under the tank with a large piece of plywood on top of the lift area. Jack the wood into position firmly against the tank. Loosen and remove the straps. Slowly lower the tank - watch for spilling fuel. Once the tank is on the ground, disconnect the hoses and wires on the top of the tank - pull the tank out. Remove the inspection cover which is also the access to the sender and unit and probably the fuel pump. Since you are doing all this stuff, you may want to change the pump and filter, if any. You will need at least a foot of distance under your wheels so you can get up under the car to work on the top of the tank. Reverse the process of course to reinstall the tank.

I have worked on five tanks ... I will not do number six, I don't care the cost.

Good luck to you if you take this on.

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