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fuel gauge stuck

Hi guys, I have 2000 3.0 4x4 ranger. The fuel gauge appears to stuck in the past full position. I filled up last thursday and now I 75 miles on that tank of gas. It hasn't moved at all. I usually get about 240 miles to a tank. So at this mileage I should be somewheres around 3/4 of tank. Any ideas of whats going on thanks
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i wish my gauge was stuck,insted of watching my gauge on empty all the time...lol
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Your fuel sender unit could be shot, but I would imagine that would just show an empty tank. The fuel gauge itself should be shot.
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First try a fuel cleaner. Like Chevron techron {ford uses this for this problem} It mightt be high sulfur. Try it abe 2 times. then if its not that i would check the wires to the sending unit. see if they are getting a voltage/ resistance from the sending unit.
Mostlikely its the sending unit. But the 2 jugs of Chevron Techron are alot less than a new sending unit.
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Yeah...you'll need to remove the bed, disconnect the filler neck and the brake lights, then remove the lock ring on the top of the tank, and pull out the "guts". Check the gauge float for functionality before replacing it by working the arm up and down. If it binds or doesn't move, that's what's causing the mis-reading.
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Do you have aftermarket gauges? A slight raise in the gauge face would cause the needle to bind up.
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Ford fuel gauge senders (which have sucked forever by the way) usually fail and read empty because the connectors corrode out and break connection. An open circuit on the fuel sender will cause the gauge to read empty. A short on the fuel send wires will cause the gauge to read past full.
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Thanks for all the info...But the truck finally craped out.. I was driving home from work on Wednesday night when I came through intersection and stalled. I turned the key a few times and tried to start it but I wouldn't.. It sounds if the pump is running. I had it tow by AAA to a local garage. AAA towing is the best no charge. A local tow company wanted 65.00 to tow.. So dont knowing else at this point.
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Well my guess would be you ran out of gas because of the faulty gauge.
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I dont think I ran out of gas because I filled up last thursday. I had approximently 100 miles on that tank according to the trip odometer..
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What level of emt are you. I have a NYS basic emt since 97
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Yeah...you'll need to remove the bed, disconnect the filler neck and the brake lights, then remove the lock ring on the top of the tank, and pull out the "guts". Check the gauge float for functionality before replacing it by working the arm up and down. If it binds or doesn't move, that's what's causing the mis-reading.
Dude, You are insane. Just loosen the 2 straps and drop the tank. I waited until the tank was almost empty. No need to remove the bed. I changed my sending unit/ Pump in about 1.5 hours.
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Dude, You are insane. Just loosen the 2 straps and drop the tank. I waited until the tank was almost empty. No need to remove the bed. I changed my sending unit/ Pump in about 1.5 hours.

I did the same, I had to replace the fuel pump and filler neck. I dropped the drive-shaft and the rest was cake. Double check the hoses on your filler (just for safety), mine were rotten.
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Dude, You are insane. Just loosen the 2 straps and drop the tank. I waited until the tank was almost empty. No need to remove the bed. I changed my sending unit/ Pump in about 1.5 hours.
if you have multiple people around lifting the bed off is easier IF!! your truck lives in norther area and everything rusts... my bolt heads are rusted beyond removing... had the bed off in 5 min... personally i like taking the bed off its easy....
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it pains me to dissagree with you zach but

most people it would take 20 minutes just to remove one of the bed bolts!
there loctited big time. i broke 2 matco torx bit sockets when doing the BL. it took me almost 45 mins to remove my bed and i am a pro.

if the strap bolts are that bad just cut them and replace them, probly wouldnt be a bad idea to go ahead and replace the straps at the same time. i'd rather not have my tank fall out if the straps and bolts are that rusted.
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