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Fuel Gauge Problem

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by CNEDEER, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Jan 21, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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    CNEDEER

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    Filled my truck up yesterday. Have drove roughly 95 miles on the tank so far. This morning when I started my truck my fuel gauge lever (or whatever term ya wanna use) was all the way past E. As I started driving it started to creep up to roughly half a tank, which still seems off. Any ideas guys?
     
  2. Jan 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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    JohnDavid

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    I have the same problem. I filled up yesterday, hopped on the interstate, and within 10 to 15 miles my gauge was showing below E. It seems like when I need to accelerate quickly, the needle will flutter and slowly drop regardless of the amount of gas in the tank. When I shut off the truck and let it sit a while, the needle will return to the proper level. My guess is the fuel pump is slowly giving out, but I'm not sure about that.
     
  3. Jan 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    It's either a bad sending unit or faulty ground.
     
  4. Jan 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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    SpazzyB

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    sending unit.
     
  5. Jan 21, 2011 at 3:07 PM
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    thatSchusterguy

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    Mine does the same thing, I just deal with it haha
     
  6. Jan 21, 2011 at 5:27 PM
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    Miata Tech

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    My 2001 used to do that sometimes when it was cold. Never really worried about it.
     
  7. Jan 24, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    ikillterrorists

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    My 2010 just started doing that this morning.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2011 at 4:39 PM
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    SkyHighTacoma

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    Do yall have any pics or anything of where the ground and sending unit are at? My truck did this once and I wouldnt mind looking at it to make sure its clean and stuff. Hasnt done it since though..
     
  9. Feb 4, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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    let me know if you figure it out too please.....my gauge has been faulty for years, and I would like to fix it if its not too involved.......it seems to be getting worse...
     
  10. Feb 4, 2011 at 6:03 PM
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    just to be more descriptive..... my gas gauge is erratic.....when its real 100 full it will show full.....or when super low it will show empty.....but anything in between its all over the place......its very annoying..
     
  11. Feb 5, 2011 at 7:59 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    The ground will be on top of the tank and the sending unit is in the tank. Sorry, just saw this post today.
     
  12. Feb 5, 2011 at 8:01 AM
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    98tacoma27

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  13. Feb 6, 2011 at 8:41 AM
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    Is this something that is an easy job to fix?
     
  14. Dec 24, 2012 at 2:59 PM
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    800 lbs of bumper front and back. Deaver springs back w/Bilstein shocks and Donahoe's up front. E-locker mod and driving lights front and rear.
    Does anyone know if this is the sender unit or a ground wire that resolve the crazy gauge fluctuation? Just wondering what I should look at first?

    Thanks
     
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