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Question Fuel Level Sender ? ? ?

Im having trouble with my fuel gauge.(only works half the time)
It just turned 100,xxx mi. i bought the truck at 80,xxx.

The dealer told me it was a fuel level sender. (does he meen the sending unit)
They wanted 500** to replace it.
I had another dealer do a background servise check an showed it was replaced at 28,xxx can it go out again that quick?

Has anyone ever changed it?
Is it in the tank.
Or is the level sender behind the gauge?

Thanks for all your help. (love this site)
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Try some Chevron with Techron additive. I believe there is TSB where ford recommends using this treatment for stuck sending units.

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I've replaced one, and it's in the tank. Haven't seen many cause any issues. Next time if you go to your ford dealer they can do an instrument cluster test and they can also manually control your fuel gauge in your cluster (using their scantool "IDS"). Probably needs a sending unit but might as well get them to check out your cluster as well.

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same question. Mine is stuck on Bone Dry!!! I know I have fuel in there but was wondering if there is a fuse for the Gauge? That $500 for a new sending unit sounds crazy.

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Im having trouble with my fuel gauge.(only works half the time)
It just turned 100,xxx mi. i bought the truck at 80,xxx.

The dealer told me it was a fuel level sender. (does he meen the sending unit)
They wanted 500** to replace it.
I had another dealer do a background servise check an showed it was replaced at 28,xxx can it go out again that quick?

Has anyone ever changed it?
Is it in the tank.
Or is the level sender behind the gauge?

Thanks for all your help. (love this site)

I have changed it yes I have.

Drop the tank, remove lock ring, carefully pull the assembly out. remove sending unit, install new unit. While in there remove mixing chamber, clean the two fuel screens in there, I just sprayed them clean with gum out then with low psi on the compressor I blowed the dry with a blow gun. Reassemble everything. Reinstall the tank.

A new unit from Ford is 349.00. So I guess they charge another 150 for labor to replace it.

It takes about an hour to do the job.


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same question. Mine is stuck on Bone Dry!!! I know I have fuel in there but was wondering if there is a fuse for the Gauge? That $500 for a new sending unit sounds crazy.
Did you get the additive a shot yet? They should have it at every chevron. Mine has never been stuck on empty but it has worked for me in the past. Also, I see you're in the south bay...whereabouts exactly? I'm originally from Morgan Hill.

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i took the bed off to do both tanks in our obs truck

the pick up boots broke in the tank so therefor it died when the level is at half tank

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Did you get the additive a shot yet? They should have it at every chevron. Mine has never been stuck on empty but it has worked for me in the past. Also, I see you're in the south bay...whereabouts exactly? I'm originally from Morgan Hill.
Morgan Hill Temecula? My Mom lives there. Im in Torrance.

What additive are you talking about? I will get some if it may help. I did notice today that even though my gauge is on E the fuel light came on today and seems to be working normally. Is this an indication of anything? Thx

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Did you get the additive a shot yet? They should have it at every chevron. Mine has never been stuck on empty but it has worked for me in the past. Also, I see you're in the south bay...whereabouts exactly? I'm originally from Morgan Hill.
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Morgan Hill Temecula? My Mom lives there. Im in Torrance.

What additive are you talking about? I will get some if it may help. I did notice today that even though my gauge is on E the fuel light came on today and seems to be working normally. Is this an indication of anything? Thx
I went to HS in Morgan Hill... I lived there for about 6 years. I miss it sometimes.

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Did you get the additive a shot yet? They should have it at every chevron. Mine has never been stuck on empty but it has worked for me in the past. Also, I see you're in the south bay...whereabouts exactly? I'm originally from Morgan Hill.
Well I use stanadyne in my truck on occasion and it doesn't seem to help. Took the truck to the dealer today and they want $700 to fix what is wrong . The guy on the phone could not explain what was wrong so I am on my way down there to get my truck from them. i dont think I want them touching my truck. Ill let ya know what info I get when I get down there. Thx for the advise..

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