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Fuel gauge not reading gass level - 1996 GMC Sonoma

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  • Anonymous Oct 20, 2008

    looking or a fuel pump wiring diagram for a 2000 Sonoma

  • csstechguy Jan 06, 2009

    My problem is similar, in that the gauge on my 2001 GMC Sonoma Extended Cab randomly reads the fuel level and occassionally drops to activate the "Low Fuel" light. If you jostle the vehicle from side to side, the fuel gauge responds by reading the proper level of fuel in the tank.



    Is this still the sending unit?



    Regards.

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The sending unit is made together as a fuel pump module.pricey change pig tail harness also

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Replace the sending unit - it's inside the tank. Probably costs about $60-80 or so, plus a few hours' labor.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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You must replace the sending unit in the gas tank to correct this problem, or do you already know this?

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The float that moves the gas hand is possibly stuck in the tank. If there's isn't an access hole in the rear of the vehicle you'll have to drop the tank. Unless it becomes free on it's own. Hope this is helpful. Please rate. Thanks

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

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Most likely it a bad fuel level sensor on you fuel pump. You will have to replace the fuel pump as that is the only way to replace the sensor for you fuel gauge. The sensor is built into the fuel pump. The contacts on the sensor become corroded over time and cause the sensor to malfunction causing your fuel gauge to read full all the time. I have a 2001 Montana extended version that had the same problem. In order to know when I needed to fill the tank, I would completely fill it each time I put fuel in and reset my trip odometer. I would go 400 miles on the tank before I would refuel until we were able to replace the fuel pump.

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Most likely fuel level sensor in tank.

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it is stuck io would put fuel cleaner in the tank and then i would if not i would replace it the floater is fowled up

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