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Old 09-12-2003, 01:14 PM   #1
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Unhappy Fuel Sender problem

Ok...so after thinking my car would be ok for awhile, it seems that now I have another large expensive repair looming in my future. Yesterday morning while driving to class my fuel gauge went to "E" and the fuel light came on. Now, I'd just put gas in the damn thing not more than a half hour before, filling it up completely. So, takes it in for a little looksee and they tell me that my fuel sender is shorting out and sending a false signal to the gauge.

Now, at this point I'm reaching for my ankles cuz I know I'm about to get screwed, little problems with this car are NEVER simple to fix. Anyway this guy claims that I can't just buy a fuel sender thingy...i have to buy the whole fuel pump set. That will cost about $600. Vaseline anyone?

So, anyway long story short (I know..too late!) Has this happened to anyone else? If so how did you deal with the problem and did it eventually cause your fuel pump to go out too?

Much thanks in advance,

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Old 09-12-2003, 02:17 PM   #2
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usually when the sending unit goes...the pump will shortly after, so really you aren't getting f'd in the ass...better to get it done while its there.
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get a 2nd opinion.
I dont think you would have to replace the pump when replacing the sender. And i never saw a fuel pump go out on a car that had sender problems. But then again, ive never done this before. but be sure to get a 2nd opinion.
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get a 2nd opinion.
I dont think you would have to replace the pump when replacing the sender. And i never saw a fuel pump go out on a car that had sender problems. But then again, ive never done this before. but be sure to get a 2nd opinion.
yea...i've only seen it about 10 to 15 times...in the last year.
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Hmmm...I think I'm going to ask around to find a lower price. So far the fuel gauge is working normally. Of course it would only screw up that one day (so far). Thinking of getting a second part time job to pay for either the upkeep on this pos or at least save up a little to get an older toyota. Argh I just went through this whole debate a month ago. I hate ford...I really really do.

Thanks for the info!
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My guage stopped working sometimes. Hasn't done it in a long time though. It would usually happen after I would put gas in the car. Sometimes if I turn off the car and crank it up again it would work again if that didn't work I'd just say screw it and start driving and then the needle would slowly go up to F.
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I'm seeing this same problem with my 2000 Focus. If I keep driving on it until my fuel sender goes out, can this cause any other complications? Or can I wait until it DOES go out?
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There is a recall on the fuel pumps for the focus. Depending on the problem they will replace the whole fuel management system. The dealership checks recalls and problem items by the VIN number located on the dash by the front winshield on the drivers side. Write the VIN number down and call the dealership, could save you some money..............I know it did me.
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