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gas tank sending unit wire fix ????

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    When I use a test light on the wire in the trunk, in the gas tank sending unit access hole, the shining light is really just a red glow not a full bright light. Is this normal ??. The gas gauge does nothing when I hook it up and move the sending unit "arm". What's the fix ??........Brad

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    Ross.
    Riverside, Ca.
    1957 Provincial X2
    1958 Transtar

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      I tried a multimeter on ohms, the numbers on it don't settle down and constantly change. I tried several hookups and grounding. None of the dash gauges "jump" when I turn on the key...............Brad

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        Ross.
        Riverside, Ca.
        1957 Provincial X2
        1958 Transtar

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          quote:Originally posted by bradnree

          I tried a multimeter on ohms, the numbers on it don't settle down and constantly change. I tried several hookups and grounding. None of the dash gauges "jump" when I turn on the key...............Brad
          Brad, make sure you aren't using your multimeter's ohms function when the gage circuit is powered up, meters can get fried that way.

          Also, disconnect the wire (orange, IIRC) from the sending unit before trying to measure the resistance of the sending unit, and then measure from the sending unit terminal to the round disc of the sending unit top. Clean off rust in a spot first.

          The best field test for a gas gage problem is like Ross suggested; turn on the ignition, and connect a good ground to the sending unit wire for a few seconds. If the gage goes up to Full, and beyond, then the gage itself is probably good.

          If the gage passes that easy test, then you have one of the following problems: bad sending unit, bad grounding of the sending unit to the fuel tank, or bad grounding of the tank itself to the frame. The sending unit HAS TO "see" a ground in order to work! It could not hurt to make up a short wire with a ring terminal on each end, and put one end under the head of one of the sending unit mounting screws, and the other under a sheet metal screw into a clean hunk of body metal somewhere handy. I had to do exactly that on my old Suburban.

          If the gage still refuses to work with a good ground to the sending unit, then it is time to remove the sending unit. That's the best time to check it with an ohmmeter, as you can move the float arm through its range, and watch for points where the ohmmeter jumps to "infinity". I really prefer an analog meter for this chore; digitals are lousy for monitoring trends in anything.

          I have seen sending units where the rivet joining the external terminal to its internal counterpart has corroded away.

          Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
          Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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            getting an analog meter this a.m., good bye digital......Brad

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              I bought an analog multimeter and performed the above tests, both the gauge and sending unit work...Thanks...Brad

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