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Ford escort...fuel guage

Fuel gauge on escort diesel van not working......fuses ok....everything else on dash ok.......any ideas?....

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  • 140boy Aug 26, 2008

    '96 model...gauge been acting funny for a short while....showing full up or empty when it isn't..........

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    Problem starting will eventually start then cut out then not start. Can I replace the selenoid without taking off the diesel pump ?



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What year and was anything been done before the problem started?

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

  • Chuck Finn
    Chuck Finn Aug 27, 2008

    Thanks for getting me that info. If you have access to a scanner, you can input resistance to the guage. This will check the guage and the slosh module. If you do not have that equipment, you can do the same thing with a guage tester or two resistors.You will need to locate the connector that on or around the gas tank.It should be a four wire connector and the sending unit wires are the smaller two. The first should be colored violet and the second is black/green. Disconnect the connector and clip one of the resistors across from wire to wire. This can be done using jumper wires.Turn the key on and the guage should go to commanded position. Turn the key off and change resistor value. Turn the key on and the guage should move to the other side.

    A 22 ohm resistor is the value for empty and 145 ohm resistor is the value for full. 61.5 ohms should show you about half a tank.

    This test is a better test because it checks the guage,slosh module and the wiring harness. If it all checks ok, then the sending unit it the tank is your problem.

    I checked my database and there are no technical service bulletins for this concern at this time.

    You can pickup the necessary resistors at your local electronics store,( Like Radio Shack), and premade jumper wires.

    I hope this makes sense and is helpful.Remember to cycle the key between changes. Goodluck. If this doesn't make sense, hit me back and we can try again.

  • James Smith Jul 16, 2013

    Thank you for your help. I can hear the fuel pump contiually run in the front tank.If I replace the hole fuel pump will that fix my gaue problem too.



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