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Old 10-19-2009, 04:16 PM   #1
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01 Alpine Fuel Gauge

I drove the new to us Alpine home this past Sat. I left the dealership and proceeded to fill up as the gauge was on empty. I had to slow the refueling down a lot as the pump would shut off. After making sure the tank was full, I checked the gauge on the dash and it was showing 1/8 below full.
I know the vent tube could be kinked and also the sending unit could be bad.
I will drive the unit more to help empty the tank before taking back to the dealer.
Since this tank is 97 gallons, I think I should be able to go about 800 miles before refueling, based on an average of 8 mpg.
Helpful advice is most appreciated.

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Old 10-19-2009, 04:41 PM   #2
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I replaced my fuel gauge in My 98
alpine. It wasn't hard. I heard where Transfer Flow does not deal direct anymore. They used to have a rebuild service for old sending units. Why rebuild something that keeps giving so many people trouble? Not sure what the answer is but I drive by my mileage. *00 to empty in my 04. I refuel around 500 miles].

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Old 10-19-2009, 05:09 PM   #3
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If you are within an 1/8th of full you are pretty good. These gauges (or rather the senders are not very accurate). Most people go by mileage and start looking for a fuel stop after 600 miles. If your gauge starts bouncing around or stops working at all you may need to change the sender. I recently changed mine and used a SW-391D sender which works reasonably OK.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:31 PM   #4
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I would not come to any conclusion until you have filled it up a number of times. Some fill nozzles seem to shut off differently depending on how the nozzle is inserted. No puns intended...
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