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fuel gauge goes up and down with hills

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Old 04-27-2012
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fuel gauge goes up and down with hills

98 ranger the fuel gauge goes up and down as goin up and down hills. its annoying. dads 04 ranger doesnt do it nor does moms 01 escape. is my sensor bad ? is this comman? do i just have to deal with it? and is it an easy fix and cheap?
 
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mine does too. it's whatever for me.
 
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mine does it while sitting still but not while driving, has since i have owned it.
 
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Mine does it to, you could buy a new one, but its one of those things where you can just say F*** it and spend your money on something better!
 
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I would be happy to deal with that over not knowing how much fuel I have in the tank, other than guesstimating with the trip meter.
 
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I dont know about everyone else, but my truck gets pretty consistently around 235- 250 miles to a tank. Depends how much i play around. But thats generally how i know when to fill mine for sure.
 
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i also use trip meter. i usualy on put 40 in giving me 3/4 of tank maby and i get 160 to 200 out of that. one day it gets 10 mpg next ill get 18 to 20. guess it depends on weather and how i drive it. but still be nice to not have to be like oh **** im out of gas... oh wait im going down a hill or wooooo i have a full tank
 
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Ford isn't known for the fuel gauges.
It'll fluctuate as you drive, mine does it too.
 
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My ranger does it, had a older volvo that did that too. Its nothing dramatic. But if i drive consistantly downhill for several miles, it will go down like an eighth of a tank, and then jump back up when i get on level ground. Doesnt bother me at all really.
 
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its normal. the thing just floats in the tank. if you have a scan gauge you can see it fluctuate as you drive since the fuel is moving around in the tank.
 
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