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Gas Gage (no pun intended) took a dump.. Is it fixable?

So yea. My gas gauge is not working anymore. But the low fuel (Check Gage) light still comes on Any ideas of how I might fix this, or is it not worth it?
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Well is IS worth fixing IF your light stays on.

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1. How much gas do you think is in the tank?
2. How did all this happen?
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Well is IS worth fixing IF your light stays on.

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1. How much gas do you think is in the tank?
2. How did all this happen?
The light doesn't stay on.. at least not yet. I just went and put 6 gallons in it and the light went off. So as long as it works, I 'should' be ok, except for offroad in the middle of no where..

1. I have seen anywhere between 1 and 3 gallons when my light comes on.

2. See Avatar. I think its related to this.. lol..
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Thats odd. Usually it is the sender in the tank that craps out and that would dump the gauge to E and trip the light. If the light goes off, then obviously the sender is working and it's the physical gauge that is busted. That's beyond me but there's plenty of people here who have disected their instrument cluster that can probably help you.
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you know what this means.... you might not want to admit it.... but its time.

get rid of the stock tank and get yourself a fuel cell.....
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i agree with alon or just get another cluster out of the junk yard and replace it or see if the spring (i think thats what controls it) is busted
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Obtain the ohm readings for a full tank, check it at the tank and then check it at the cluster to compare readings. Does your gauge ever read full or anywhere in between???? If you can obtain a signal generator you can test the cluster, it basically generates a resistance reading that the cluster/PCM not sure what takes the reading on our trucks and will sweep the gauge to the according resistance. If the gauge works that way its the sender, if it doesnt then its the cluster.
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you know what this means.... you might not want to admit it.... but its time.

get rid of the stock tank and get yourself a fuel cell.....
Ok you show me how to pay for it and how to pass smog..


I'v had the cluster apart a few times, maybe the needle moved on me or something... it is odd.. oh well.. any other ideas?
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loose wire or needle at the dash gauge
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Ok you show me how to pay for it and how to pass smog..


I'v had the cluster apart a few times, maybe the needle moved on me or something... it is odd.. oh well.. any other ideas?
well i know ive heard about people getting em smogged, but i cant help you with the whole money thing...
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Whenever you have an electrical problem in the back half of a 2003-back Ranger, it's always a good idea to check the main rear harness connector under the truck directly below the driver's seat. On a 4x4, it is near the transfer case. Remove the center bolt, open the connector and look for water or corrosion inside. Clean it up and reassemble it with dielectric compound to help keep the water out.

Depending on the specific year, problems at this connector may cause issues with one or more of the following: rear lighting, evap canister controls, fuel pump, fuel gauge, ABS, speedometer and automatic transmission shifting.
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