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In my 99 Ford 7.3 the fuel gauge on my dash is stuck on Full. When I turn the key off, it goes to empty, but during driving and when the key is on it is all the way to full. Is this my sending unit or in the panel? Ford quoted me around $500 for a new sending unit.
Check the wiring back to the tank. If it's broken, the fuel gauge will read full. The sender is a resistance deal, with 160 ohms being full and 15 ohms empty, so a disconnected sender reads full when you turn the key on.
If you can get at the sending uint plug, measuere the resistance across it and see what you come up with.
It's also possible that the float got stuck up against the top of the tank. If it happened when you filled up, and have run some of the fuel out, crawl underneath with a rubber mallet and whack the dickens out of the tank. That may dislodge a stuck float. Worked for me the first two times I had a problem (4x4 launches on the drag strip without a completely full tank).
You shouldn't have to buy a whole sending unit to fix your problem. I think you can take out sending unit and replace the the resistor unit. I know on the older trucks, it was held on to the sending unit with a couple of screws. I did this on my brother-in-law's truck and got the piece from Ford.
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I am going to try beating on it and see if that does anything. I think I would have to take the tank out to actually get to the sending unit to test it.
It was actually on empty, I left town for 2 weeks and came home and it was on full.
You don't think someone was kind enough to have filled er up while you were out of town?
I dunno if there is a connector somewhere between the tank and the dash, but if there is, that is another place you can ohm out the resistance of the sending unit. I "think" if the wire is gounded anywhere it will show full. Also, does the guage show "super full" - like its pegged above full, or something else?
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I "think" if the wire is gounded anywhere it will show full.
Actually an open circuit anywhere between the sending unit and the instrument panel will cause a full reading.
As I recall, the connector on the fuel tank can be disconnected with the tank in place and pulled over far enough to probe with a multimeter. The only trouble is you need 2 elbows in each arm to reach up there, and you have to use the braille method to see what you're doing.
I've never actually tried it, but have had the tank down a number of times and there's a fair amount of slack in the wiring.
Same problem with my sending unit - been ignoring it for a long time (use the trip odometer for miles driven)....but I need my 'quick reference level' back for heavy towing.
I'll check the wiring, but I'll run the tank low and drop it that way I can check the float as well.
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