There are some problems with the fuel gauge sender. Sadly it is a
single unit that incorporates the fuel pump and replacement means
dropping the fuel tank. My understanding is that this costs
300UKP!!! It has been discussed here before so it might be worth
a Google for more info.
It is likely that as the level in the tank drops the gauge will
start reading OK again.
My '99 LX did it once about a year ago. From the information I
found in this ng it was suggested not to overfill the tank. I now
stop on the first click of the filler and it hasn't happened
again... am I tempting fate here?
Well, you SHOULD be able to replace a sending unit for $70,
but the sending unit is an integral part of the fuel pump which
itself is buried in the fuel tank (to avoid vapor lock), so
a replacement involves removing and opening the gas tank.
Modern cars are just not designed with maintenance/ repair in mind.
Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are much more pliable.
~ Mark Twain
Heh heh, I guess I should have emphasized the "should" part or put in a
smiley. Don picked up on the it but I can see how I miscommunicated my
Exactly. If designed / engineered for easy replacement of components
happened, maintenance would be cheaper. I had a 2000 Focus where the
dealer replaced the sending unit under warranty and I didn't see the actual
price of repair. But with labour at $65/hr plus the parts and miscellaneous
fees it should be a min. of $300 CDN. Even still that's half what the
bloke in Britain is being charged.
the fuel gauge sender is not an integral part of the fuel pump, although it
*is* attached to it and therefore does require the removal of the fuel tank
for access. the replacement sender lokks like a small circuit board with a
float arm and a few wires, priced at (iirc) about 20-30 quid. if you want to
be kind to your dealer get it done when the tank is nearly empty. shouldn't
take much more than a couple of hours so find a dealer with a friendly
My local dealer still insists the sender is not available on its own.
Could you quote a part number or other information that I can use to
show him please?
He is also telling me that it's a 2.5 hour job, needing removal of the
exhaust and undertray, so at 70UKP an hour will still be expensive!
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