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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 06, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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hey guys, gas gauge on my 67 was misreading when i got the car would like to fix it, where do i start to look. It reads extremly full (like a 3 o'clock read). please help its driving me nuts
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Re: fuel gauge

Check wiring start with ground off sending unit.
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thanks, thats what I have heard i will start with that,but keep the thoughts coming just in case this isn't it. thanks again
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Re: fuel gauge

In the basics sticky at the top of the electrical forum, there are a couple of good writeups on fuel guage troubleshooting.
A guage that reads way past full has an open circuit somehwere in the sender circuit, hopefully a bad ground where the sender grounds to the body just in front of the tank but could be an open connection in a number of different places. The writeups go thru how to test to fing where it is.

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Re: fuel gauge

Just went through this on a buddy's '69................

To check gauge, viewed from rear -
* Pink wire on right is 12v from key. Confirm with test light
* Tan wire on left goes to sending unit
* Center lug needs good ground. Be sure it's grounded

To test gauge ---------------------
Disconnect tan wire, turn key on, gauge should read full
Connect jumper wire from sending unit (left) terminal to ground, gauge should read empty (with key ON)
Now, go get 40 ohm resistor from Radio Shack and add that into the jumper wire line, and go from sending unit terminal to ground. With key ON, gauge should read about 3/8 of tank.

If you're reading 3/8 tank with that 40 ohm resistor in there, then your gauge is fine.

Now check sending unit---------------

First, make sure wiring looks good. Check ground connection (black wire) and clean.

You can do this on car but you need ohm meter. Go to inside of trunk at center and disconnect gauge (tan) wire. Use ohm meter and take reading from sending unit wire to a good ground. If tank is full it should be about 90 ohms. If tank is bone dry it would read about zero. If it's reading, say, 125 ohms or more, it's no good.

Confirm bad sending unit by draining (or adding) 5 gallons of gas and taking another ohms reading. If you had initial ohms reading of 80 (close to full tank) and you drain 5 gallons of gas, then your ohms reading would drop considerably, maybe to about 55. If your initial ohms reading is close to zero (empty tank) than ADD 5 gallons and it should be around 40 ohms. If you are adding (or draining) gas and the ohms reading is NOT changing, then your sending unit needs to be replaced, or the sending unit wiring simply may be bad (broken wire or bad ground)..................


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