Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!
|Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.
We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!
Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!
Anyone know how to fix a fuel gauge?
Posted 07 June 2012 - 10:15 AM
Not so much. First attempt, it Spiked to full tank. Second attempt, it dropped to empty.
While i was doing this, i did notice that the "-" just kept spinning. it wasnt until I took the gauge off that i realized that i likely spun the coil wire off the end cap.
has anyone tried repairing a fuel gauge?
I tried to go to the JY and find a cluster that i could just swap out but, at least the one near my house, didnt have any Imprezas. I did manage to take one out of a similar year Legacy. Could I just put some wires on the terminals and just run it to the new gauge? will that work?
Also, If i were to just buy a aftermarket fuel gauge, would it work? or is there anything special that I would need to do to make it work?
Posted 07 June 2012 - 11:52 AM
better than nothing! Until i get one to replace the one in the dash!
Posted 07 June 2012 - 01:58 PM
They use two senders oner right (with the fuel pump) and one left. Usually putting in a can of texron is the first attempt to a repair.
Second is to take the senders out and clean them with a #2 pencil eraser gently.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 02:23 PM
The left side (sender only) looks similar.....but *ah-ha!* without a fuel pump on that side.
The grey curvy part in the Fuel sender picture is the contact surface nipper is referring to. You could also check solder connections at the sender block if you believe a solder joint cracked or a wire is damaged.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 02:31 PM
Maybe someone can tell us how they work and how to test. No sense in me keeping any bad ones.
But the real reason for my post is that if you mess with these I've always had to replace the rubber gasket. So you may want to order those.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 02:43 PM
I was mostly interested on how to repair my screw up with the instrument gauge in the dash. Initially, it worked just fine just would dip low after a while. (the new one does not) But after i mucked with it it doesn't work.
Not to turn away the information with the sending unit. Good information to have, and I'll probably try it just to get it out of the way.
edit: and by new gauge, i mean the one I swiped out of another subaru and have the leads ran to behind the existing gauge in the dash. Pictured above.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 02:43 PM
Posted 07 June 2012 - 02:46 PM
Posted 07 June 2012 - 03:23 PM
After doing so, my gauge climbed to full.. but before i did it, it was working fine and was showing 1/2 tank. I looked at the terminals again and it went to empty.
I took the gauge out and looked at the coil and maybe on tightening i broke a coil wire? now it just sits at past empty. It pushes itself there if you turn the needle, it'll push itself back to past empty.
The new gauge works, at the moment at least. Even though the one on the dash shows past empty.
edit: the new gauge is attached with 3 wires attached to the terminals behind the existing fuel gauge in the dash.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 03:31 PM
0 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users