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Fuel sending Unit Common Sense Repair
The fuel sending unit for these trucks are just stupid expensive so I thought I'd start this thread and see what comes of it.
First of all my local stealership wants 500+$s for the sending unit.
All I need is a new fuel pickup foot and the sending switch.
Side note: HEY FORD!!! People who drive these trucks likely spent more on them new than most any vehicle on the lot. We would appreciate a fair shake when it comes to repairs. Stop insisting we spend 500$ for the whole unit when a complete rebuild kit should be available for less than two hundred. Thanks for nothing. Suthern1
The pickup foot is a no brainer since they cost roughly 40$ and are readily available. But, the switch is whole other monster.
I have found some switches PS175 PS176 MC PNs at around 179$s but to me that's still way to much for a 10$ piece of plastic with a thin strip of metal which is all the switch is. That's what happened to mine. The small thin metal tab that makes contact across the scale corroded and fell off.
So knowing that:
1. All post late 80s Fords cars trucks vans and etc are 15-160 ohm switches.
2. The height placement of the switch and float arm swing are the only contributors to proper function.
I am going to try this.
I found a switch PN PS233 on Amazon for 20$. Regular price is 149$s so WOW what a discount. From the pictures it appears to be the same plastic housing with the clips in the proper location to attach to the mount on the tube. So its the same switch. The float arm is different but there is nothing wrong with the float arm I have so why not just swap them out. I removed the old float arm with a small flathead easily.
Presumably it is the correct ohm range 15-160 which is why I did not go with aftermarket 10-180 ohm switch. As I see it the extended ranges only effect would be that the gauge would read empty at 15 ohms while the float arm switch (tank)would be empty at 10 ohms leaving you running on E for longer. Not a bad thing but I prefer the accuracy.
Parts arrive tomorrow. Ill update after install.
Because I sometimes miss the obvious any comments or experiences to the contrary are welcome.