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fuel gauge issues

Need some help guys. This is what is going on. 2005 Excursion with 6.0 the fuel gauge reads normal then out of the blue it drops to Empty and the low fuel light comes on. The miles to empty gauge still reads normal. You can cycle the ignition and nothing changes. Then out of the blue the fuel gauge comes back to normal. Is this a grounding issue or is the fuel sending unit failing. No codes thrown on SCT tuner need to check with A scanner to see if it shows anything. Unfortunately I just had knee surgery and don't really need to be contorting my knee to much if I don't need to. Would this be an electrical problem with instrument cluster or the overhead Counsel? Thanks for any help.


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I'm in to see a reply. My dads 03 has had the same problem for several years. He just kind of puts up with it.

Buddy of ours is a Ford master tech and suggested just replacing the whole sending unit. But at $400 and dropping the tank or lifting the bed, he wasn't to thrilled about that.

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My '05 Excursion just lost the fuel gauge sender too. I had dropped the tank for a sump install etc. Mine is not working at all truck has 200k on chassis. My Ford Tech friend said the senders normally go bad especially had High miles or if you pull the tank and clean the sender off.. I will be ordering one soon myself. my miles to empty does not work and my scan guage II mpg and tank features do not work. FYI the Price for the Fuel Guage Sender from Autonation ( used to be Trousley) is $262 with $400 something list price.
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U can check with a scanner, pull up the fuel level sensor pid. If you have a full tank and the pid shows something similar and your instrument cluster is at empty then your gauge is bad (not so common). If you have a good scanner you can read instrument cluster and tcm DTCs- it will throw a circuit high/low code and you will then know its either your sender or wiring issue. If your pid is zero, low, extremely high, you could have a wiring issue- try moving the 4way connector under the truck below the firewall. OR, your fuel level sender is broken- most common... This is how my truck has been since i bought it. After a few times running out of fuel you live with it, but i hope to fix it this winter.


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Mine does something similar. If I let the truck idle for a minute or two gauge will drop to empty. Go drive around or restart the truck and 9/10 times it will read normal.

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Mine hasnt worked since the day i got it, i put a new sender in, didnt fix anything, dont waste your money on that, i thought it might be in the cluster since i fixed the sender, so i ran a secondary gauge, it read the same thing and now both gauges read empty
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Mine worked perfect till I dropped my tank for sump install. It should be fine with new sender. Either way I will check the wiring also. My Ford tech friend mentioned that ford recommended a special fuel supplement to help the sender work again?..I think it was textron? or pextron?.. He said it only worked 1/2 the time. His best solution is a new sender.
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