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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.
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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.
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This was always my plan as well. Parts like this are not usually 100% proprietary...

Mine just hasn't failed yet lol.

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Keep us posted. I know a few people have tried but haven't found the one yet.


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Good info, mine is working okay but a few weeks ago when my son had my truck he said the fuel gauge was acting funny. It's never done anything weird when I'm driving but you know has soon as I get done posting this the dam thing will blow up

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OH! Please let this Work...

Here's my thoughts last year -> https://www.powerstroke.org/forum/99-...-rheostat.html
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See the picture below.
1. What I ordered
2. What I received
3. What I ordered today and will be here Friday

Amazon does it again. Instead of Motorcraft PN PS233 I received Standard Automotive PN PS233. Maybe one day Ill order a 5$ part and get a new Stereo System with the same PN...Oh Yea!!

Anyway the new part I ordered costs twice as much at 40$ but I noticed that the float arm has the same bends at the switch as mine. While I hadn't noticed before that on the first one the switch seems to be facing the opposite direction.
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Houston we have No Problems. We are go!!

That's a fix men.
See the pictures below and note that the scale is exactly the same unit Fit Form and Function.

I received the new unit, swapped float swing arms, pulled the plastic piece of the new metal and clipped it directly on to the old piece soldered to the tube. I made new wire connections and installed. All at the astonishing price of $40.00 U.S.

Announcing Suthern1 Fuel sending unit repair 199.99 .... lol

The part # is Motorcraft PS90 or there is a W number also Ill find again and post later.
It is said to fit a 2001 Lincoln continental.

And just FYI a metal coat hanger is the exact diameter as the float rod if needed. (don't use the white painted ones)
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Houston we have No Problems. We are go!!

That's a fix men.
See the pictures below and note that the scale is exactly the same unit Fit Form and Function.

I received the new unit, swapped float swing arms, pulled the plastic piece of the new metal and clipped it directly on to the old piece soldered to the tube. I made new wire connections and installed. All at the astonishing price of $40.00 U.S.

Announcing Suthern1 Fuel sending unit repair 199.99 .... lol

The part # is Motorcraft PS90 or there is a W number also Ill find again and post later.
It is said to fit a 2001 Lincoln continental.

And just FYI a metal coat hanger is the exact diameter as the float rod if needed. (don't use the white painted ones)
Manufacturer Part Number W0133-1861503-MTR

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004RH8ZDG?redirect=true&ref_=ya_st_dp_summary
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This is awesome as hell dude... I'm sharing this on Facebook...

It would apply to other years of superduty as well
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