Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Jacksonville, FL. USA
I have a 69 SS386 Camaro. My fuel gauge is really acting funny. I have gone through pages of posts on this subject and cant seem to find anyone whit the same problem. Lots of fuel gauge problems but not quite the same as mine.
I do not have the sender nor the gauge installed in the car. When I test them I have the gauge pluged in the dash wiring harness and the sender in the trunk pluged into its harness and grounded. When I turn on the key with the float in the empty position the needle on the gauge is at about the 5 O'Clock position. When I move the float to the full position the needle on the gauge moves clockwise to about the 9 O'Clock position. It's as if the needle is pressed on the wrong position. This is a new gauge I just got it in the mail today.
I have bought a new gauge and a new tank sender. I have 12vdc and ground at the gauge. The wire from the gauge to the sender is good. The sender is good because I get between 0 and 90 ohms resistance as I move the float through the arc.
Am I doing something wrong? Can I test the sender and gauge without them installed?
I thought I would move the needle but it don't want to come off and I am scared I will break it and at $160.00 I really don't want to buy another one.
Sorry for the long post but at this point I am at whits end.