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Fuel Gauge

My fuel gauge is acting up. When i start my truck it will read the proper tank level. But within about 2 minutes of me driving it will go to the empty position and the fuel light will come on. If i start the truck and let it idle the gauge will read correct. I let the truck idle for 20 mins and the gauge was fine. Any ideas And the last 4 times i fueled up i let the truck run while fueling. could that be it.
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The problem is the fuel tank level sending unit. I just repaired mine. What I found is you should really shut the truck off when you fill up. This will prolong the life of the fuel tank level sending unit. If you do not shut off the truck. The float will rise but the gauge will not be correct until you shut the truck off and turn it back on.


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How did you fix yours. drop the tank or take the bed off. What was the damage on the wallet.

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How did you fix yours. drop the tank or take the bed off. What was the damage on the wallet.
I dropped the tank that took about 15 minutes, then I removed the fuel sending assmblely that took about 5 more minutes. Then I went to the local junkyard and found a whole tank with pick up tube assemblely for 150. Brought it to my house hooked up the wiring tested out the fuel tank level sending unit to make sure it worked. Then I reassembled everything. Total time I would say 45 minutes for the repair. Not including the going for parts. Total cost to me was 150 at the local junk yard. But now I have a spare tank laying around the house. The dealership price is 350 for the fuel tank level sending unit.


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The fuel pump is seperate from the sending unit right. Just wanted to double check

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The fuel pump is seperate from the sending unit right. Just wanted to double check
Yes the fuel pump is on the frame rail on the driverside of the truck.


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If you have the tank down anyway that is a great time to do the tank and prepump filter mods, costs around $30 for all the parts and is well worth it, made a huge difference in how my truck sounds and protects me against getting bad loads of fuel and adds about 7 gallons to my tank capacity and I can now fill it up without any backsplash. Check out my fuel system pictures to see what I’m talking about.


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