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post #1 of 19 Old 04-25-2008, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Fuel Gauge NOT Working.

I'm looking at a 2000 to 2003 Dak. I was told that the fuel gauge doesn't work. What all is involved in getting this to work. Is is the gauge, sender or something else? Does this happen often? Etc etc etc......
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I'm looking at a 2000 to 2003 Dak. I was told that the fuel gauge doesn't work. What all is involved in getting this to work. Is is the gauge, sender or something else? Does this happen often? Etc etc etc......
This is a pretty common (and annoying) problem in the Daks. I think it is more prevalent in the Gen II Daks, but I do believe some guys here have had issues in their Gen IIIs. Fortunately, mine is still operating as it should.

Unfortunately, I don't know the source of the problem. Hopefully others will chime in.

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You'd have to drop te fuel tank and replace the fuel pump/filter assembly.

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Does it mean that they let the fuel get low or run out? Has Dodge done anything about it? Recalls or fixes to this problem?
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It isn't a safety issue, so no recall. Lettng the tank get too low has nothing to do with it. There is an arm witha float attached that moves up and down, when it does, 2 contacts move along a board with more contacts on it and that gives the signal. Well those contacts can wear out or break off and the gauge will stop working.

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Ok. That is what I wanted to hear. You know what? I've had to replace or drop the tank on just about every car I've owned. I'm kinda getting tired of it. I don't think I'll buy this truck. It is in good shape and he replaced all the brakes and stuff. I just don't want to mess with dropping the tank. I hate running out of fuel too.
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Take off the bed, then you don't have to drop the tank...
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^^^ exactly! That's what I always do. It's so much easier believe it or not. 8 bolts, 4 screwsm a few connectors, and a friend to help lift and off it comes.

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Well now I'm at a cross road. He dropped the price of it to $5700. I'll get the link. Hold on.
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http://houston.craigslist.org/car/658427933.html

Here it is. Read it for yourself and tell me what you think. I've talked to him already. The mileage is my only concern. I'll be driving it all over the country. Working on drilling rigs and all.
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The pump isn't a big deal, I wouldn't break the deal solely over that. See how much a new one costs though and see if he'll go down that amount on the price.

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Did you look at it? It doesn't look bad. I'm just getting a work truck. I do however need the fuel gauge to work. That would suck. Middle of nowhere and no gas. I might do that. Yall think it is the guage or sender? I'm sure the pump works. He drives it.
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It's more than likely the sender. The sender, filter, and pump are all one assembly, so you'll need to buy a whole new pump assembly to change the sender.

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Check out the write-up I did and you'll see what I mean, as well on how to take the pump out of the tank.

http://www.dakota-durango.com/forum/...ht=holley+pump

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Do they come with 255lph pumps? I've got 1 already. It is a Walbro for a Ford Tbird. I'm just waiting for the damn thing to go completely out.
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