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Old 03-13-2007, 09:12 AM   #1
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fuel guage does not work correctly

my fuel guage does not work correctly in my 2000 gmc seirra, whenever i fill it, usually it says low fuel for a few minutes then goes up, and sometimes itll bounce back and forth rapidly, its strange. i was wondering exactly what part causes this, is it easy to replace and is it worth replacing? thanks.
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:01 AM   #2
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

replace the float and or sending unit in the tank
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:01 AM   #3
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

it's pretty easdy to replace, 2 bolts and the tank drops
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Old 03-13-2007, 09:01 PM   #4
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

is it the fuel tank sending unit or fuel level sensor?
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:34 PM   #5
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

the way you describe it sounds like a level sensor
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:11 AM   #6
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

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the way you describe it sounds like a level sensor
when it has a full tank the needle wants to stay on empty, when its 3/4 - 1/4 the guage works correctly and when under a 1/4 it wants to say empty. my friend has a 99 sierra and his stays on full all the time, no matter what. must be a common problem with gmc's.

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Old 03-14-2007, 08:12 AM   #7
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

where is the level sensor? inside the gas tank?
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:48 AM   #8
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

it's all 1 unit in the tank. i've had to replace mine for the same reasons
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Old 03-14-2007, 12:50 PM   #9
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

i hope this is what your talking about, cause i just bought one

http://www.replacementautoparts.com/...meter&s=1&my=1
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Old 03-14-2007, 02:47 PM   #10
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when it has a full tank the needle wants to stay on empty, when its 3/4 - 1/4 the guage works correctly and when under a 1/4 it wants to say empty.
Mine does the same thing. I've gotten use to it and now I just double check it with my mileage.
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:09 PM   #11
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

This is a very common problem on the NBS 1999-2001 trucks. It is your fuel sending unit.
I finally replaced mine two years ago, new sending unit ran about $210 from the local auto parts store.

Unbolt your bed, pull it back about 1 foot, the entire job should take just over 1 hour with a couple of guys and the proper tool to remove the lock ring on top of the fuel tank
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Old 03-15-2007, 05:42 PM   #12
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This is a very common problem on the NBS 1999-2001 trucks. It is your fuel sending unit.
I finally replaced mine two years ago, new sending unit ran about $210 from the local auto parts store.

Unbolt your bed, pull it back about 1 foot, the entire job should take just over 1 hour with a couple of guys and the proper tool to remove the lock ring on top of the fuel tank
when you pulled the bed back, you didnt have to unplug the tailights or unbolt the filler neck from the gas tank?
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:06 PM   #13
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when you pulled the bed back, you didnt have to unplug the tailights or unbolt the filler neck from the gas tank?
Yes, you need to do that as well.

We actually dropped my tank, did it the hard way Thank god for the Trans Jack I had sitting in the garage... Next time I'd pull the bed back - MUCH easier
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Old 03-16-2007, 10:08 AM   #14
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

could someone verify that the item in the link above is the right level meter. just want to make sure i bought the right part, thanks.
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Old 03-17-2007, 12:10 AM   #15
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

it says it's a universal...try going to a parts store and see what they offer
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Old 03-17-2007, 03:20 PM   #16
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

The one on my '99 silverado does the same thing. I just reset the tripmeter and go on my way. If I have to do some weekend work to it, I'll fix it then.
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Re: fuel guage does not work correctly

danny7481, did you ever get this fixed? My 00 GMC does the exact same thing. I also have a friend with a 01 Silverado that also does it. We would like to know what fixes it. If that $30 part does it then great. I would have thought it would be a dealer only part. I guess I should ask the local Napa guy if they can get them.
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