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7/5/11 10:47pm - Original Message: 'Fuel Gauge in the 68'
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Someone-Sometimes-Somewhere-had told me how to test the fuel gauge in the 68 to see if it is the sending unit or the gauge itself, causing the gauge to be pegged past full. 
I took the ground wire off the sending unit and ran a wire from the battery ground and put it in place, but no change in the fuel gauge being pegged all the way over. 
This is a new gauge that I put in after I had the same problem in the past.  I had messed with the sending unit as much as I could from the gas tank inlet, and that helped before, but nothing helps now. 
Any suggestion. 


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7/6/11 7:05am - Reply: 'Fuel Gauge in the 68'
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Disconnecting the power wire from the sending unit should peg the gauge to Full. Grounding the signal wire will peg it to Empty. The signal wire is normally Tan, or a pinkish-tan color...the wire color changes with age. It would be the wire going to the larger terminal, usually a round one, towards the center of the sending unit. The ground wire is connected to the outer edge area of the sender.
If you ground the main(signal) wire, and the gauge stays pegged at Full, then there is a break(open) in the wire from the tank to the gauge cluster somewhere.
At the gauge, there should be a pink, and a tan wire. The tan wire is the one from the sending unit, and the pink is power for the gauge. With the cluster out, but connected, you should be able to ground the tan wire at the gauge, and it should go to Empty. If it does not, then either the gauge is defective, OR there is no power going to the gauge on the pink wire.
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7/15/11 10:31pm - Reply: 'Fuel Gauge in the 68'
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Okay I disconnected the power wire from the sending unit, (the center connection.) I used a power strobe and grounded the wire. The gauge went to empty. Then I plugged this back in and took off the ground from the outer ring and grounded this connection. Not the wire but the connection at the ring.  The gauge went to near the full mark. I have approximately 3/4 fuel in the tank. So it did not register correctly, but at least it wasn't pegged past full. I removed the gas lid and maneuvered the sending unit and this did not change the fuel gauge.
The gauge is new, and I really don't want to go back in the dash area again to check it out because it was working after it was installed. Unless I have to. I think it is a ground problem. 


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7/16/11 9:32pm - Reply: 'Fuel Gauge in the 68'
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So you say you can move the float on the sender, but it doesn't move the gauge?
You prolly have a sender that is just too corroded, or the tiny wires on the sender are damaged.
I don't know about you, but I would mush rather mess with the sender unit than fart around with the gauge cluster.


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7/16/11 10:16pm - Reply: 'Fuel Gauge in the 68'
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I agree, I think I will order a new sending unit since I have already gone through the gauges several months ago and put in a new fuel gauge. Think I will wait until it cools off first. 103 is too hot to work in and then in my garage it is 108 at least.  
Thanks for the help


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