Fuel gauge starts working after 22 years?!

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Fuel gauge starts working after 22 years?!

Post by longbranch on Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:10 am

One of those things I never got around to fixing. Fuel gauge wasn't working when bought my '69 'Runner back in '96. Got used to it over the years. Checked for grounds which seemed ok and figured must be something with the pickup/float.
Went to fire it up after sitting through this hard Victoria winter and no go...WTF. Turns out I parked it just as it ran out of gas..duh!
Pour in 5 gallons and low and behold the gauge registers 1/4 tank! What I figured is the float may have been stuck registering empty all these years and for some reason after truly being empty a few months it now frees itself up once filled? I dunno.
Maybe the float will sink to the bottom after a while. Guess I'll have to get off the couch and change the whole pick up unit then. Not looking forward to that.
Thoughts/suggestions?
Cheers
Geoff
Victoria,BC.

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Re: Fuel gauge starts working after 22 years?!

Post by mikes mopar on Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:19 am

your going to end up pulling the unit.  When the float was allowed to dry out during the winter and become buoyant again its just a matter of time that it will sink.
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Re: Fuel gauge starts working after 22 years?!

Post by longbranch on Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:22 am

Thats what I'm thinking also.
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Post by Ragtacker on Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:59 pm

Longbranch, what colour is your RR? I`m thinking what Mikes thinking too i had a similar issue in the Dart
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Post by longbranch on Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:52 am

It's B5 blue, American-Racing 5 spokes. I usually make the Ogden point car night Saturdays.
What colours your Dart?
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Post by Ragtacker on Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:10 pm

Mines yellow/ black top. I hardly ever make it down there early and by the time I cruise down its damn full, last time there I parked on the road-hated that. It will be nice this year with the Ogden point / Canadian tire at Broadmead cruise. I go to Broadmead CT on Wednesdays except on car club meeting night which is the 3rd wednesday of the month.
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