The gauge float is part of the fuel pump assembly, and according to the 2002
Ford Truck CD, the only way to change it is to drop the tank :-( Bummer!
If it's just the light that bothers you, you could pull the bulb. . .
Is dropping the tank really that big a deal? I had to partially drop the
tank just to replace the fuel filter on the SO's old Chrysler mini-van. I
ran the tank low so it was light. It only had a couple of straps holding it
up. Even on my back in the driveway it was easy. Seems like on a lift an
Explorer tank would be easy - not that I've ever tried it.
I haven't done an Explorer, but I did an old Chevy Vega once that was a real
PITA. Not the procedure itself; just getting the rusty nuts and bolts cut
off. I don't have a lift, so we did it in the back yard, lying on our backs.
Oh boy, ain't we got some fun now!?! Being an 8 year old SUV, the Explorer
may be just as much fun, depending on where Art lives.
Shorting it will also LIKELY throw a fault. You need to put a resistor
across that emulates a valid output.
If I rember correctly they go from something like 10 or 12 ohms to
something like 70 or 72.
80 ohms is high enough to trip the computer, and anything less than
about 7 would likely also trip it. I'd put a 33 ohm 1/2 watt resistor
in - at least for test purposes.
Isn't that like cutting off my leg because I have an in-grown toenail? Well,
maybe not THAT drastic, but just about the same level of stupidity. Let's
see, $800 to fix my otherwise perfectly good vehicle, or $25,000 to buy a
new one and go back into debt for another 5-6 years. Hmmm. . .
Dealer wanted $900 to drop fuel tank in a 2001 Escape and replace the fuel
pump. I pointed out that there is an access panel under the left rear
passenger seat. Price dropped.
If you are luck, the Explorer has a similar access panel.
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