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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-31-2007, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Fuel gauge sensor

I just received a fuel sensor that I bought on ebay. It appears to work, based on my ohmmeter. (I plan to check it on the bike today.)

The sensor must not have been in fuel for a while, because the sensor housing (and to a lesser extent the arm that holds the float) are rusted. Should I

a) put it in the tank as is and hope that any flaking will be caught by the petcock screen;
b) Try and sand it down with a dremel or whatever;
c) Try to replace the housing with the one from my current sensor;
d) Not install it at all?

Other opinions?

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Well, any crud that ends up in your tank and isn't caught by the petcock filter will end up in your carbs. I'd try very fine steel wool first - 00 or 000 - and see if you can get that stuff off of there. Failing that, try naval jelly - just make sure you rinse the parts really, really, really well afterwards (and don't get any on the float or gaskets - the label says it's nasty stuff ). And if THAT doesn't work, then try replacing rusted parts with your clean parts. An ounce of prevention on the carbs = a pound of swearing, wailing, and much gnashing of teeth.

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An ounce of prevention on the carbs = a pound of swearing, wailing, and much gnashing of teeth.
Well put, Cindy... Thanks for the advice.
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