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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Flushing, NY
is there any way to fix an out of alignment fuel gauge float?
So as part of washing out the rust inside my fuel tank, I removed the petcock and the fuel gauge sender. When I put everything back together I initially put the sender unit in rotated 90 degrees, thinking the wire lead was supposed to point straight back towards the seat, but then realized (when the unit wouldn't really fit in that way) that I should check the diagram in the Clymer book again, which showed that it actually points to the left side of the tank. D'oh!
At first I tried rotating the unit in place, but it got stuck on something. I then had a devilish time getting the arm and the float back out of the tank, and put it back in the right way. But -- you guessed it -- what with all that monkeying around, I've bent or broken something and the fuel gauge is now stuck on "E". (Yes, I did double check that I reconnected the sender unit to the battery.)
Do I have any recourse but to buy a new sender unit? They're pretty expensive, about $70.
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