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Old 10-10-2005, 09:15 AM   #1
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My fuel gauge has started floating after it hits about the 3/4 mark. It will float up to about full and back down to a lower reading.

Anyone experience this on an 04 or with the BW gauges?

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Old 10-10-2005, 09:15 AM   #2
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My fuel gauge has started floating after it hits about the 3/4 mark. It will float up to about full and back down to a lower reading.

Anyone experience this on an 04 or with the BW gauges?

Thanks,
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Old 10-10-2005, 10:09 AM   #3
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Hi Jim & M-Jo,

I had that problem on my '03 and fixed it by replacing the sending unit in the tank. You can access it behind the left front wheel thru a big hole cut in the frame rail. It looks like a big issue to access but really is not - it only took me about 30 minutes.
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Old 10-11-2005, 06:20 AM   #4
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Hi Jim....

We are still in Topponish,WA....noticed our fuel gauge does the same thing. We really noticed it on the way to "Homecoming". Sounds like Frank has the fix.

Looking forward to getting together with you and Walt to fix Entertainment system. We met quite a few other 04 owners with same problem.

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Old 10-11-2005, 08:57 AM   #5
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Thanks Frank, I have a call into the factory and will probably just ask for the part and do it myself.

Hi Mike,

got back from Utah and I think I'll have some time after this week.

Might be a good idea to make the back cabinet cut-out mods for your new components in advance. Consider not just the dimensions of the new components, but also the space required for cable connections (I recall it needed ~13" using "corner connectors" and almost 15" with regular cables.

The thin wood template needs a re-make or mod too. I used vinyl/leather material to cover it, with new cut-outs for new components. I'm guessing after seeing your wood-working handywork, you'll just make a new one.

And finally, we need to sanity-check whether the way I cabled/configured will meet your desires (e.g. whether and how you want Sat to the BRTV, local broadcast to the MainTV, etc.)

See ya soon,

Jim

p.s. thanks for the photo of the RP/DHS system. can you see the RCA and speaker wire connections into the DHS? Is there another set of RCA inputs open? I'd like to solve the noise/hum problem when the DHS selects video and I think changing that connection or using ground-loop isolators may do it. It's be nice to solve that on both (or all three) of our coaches.
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Factory confirms bad sending unit and has ordered a replacement for me. Plan to install it myself.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:06 PM   #7
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I have a similar but different fuel gage problem. When less than 3/4 of a tank, it drops to E and beeps the low fuel warning, then recovers seconds later. I have had WRV look at it twice at the factory without fixing it. If anyone has any ideas? I know it is difficult to find since it is intermitant.

This is on a 2004 Avalanche (guess I am the only Avalanche owner here)
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I have a 98 Alpine and the gauge is stuck on full until below a half tank, then floats erratically between empty and half. Anyone have a suggestion?
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Old 10-19-2005, 08:31 AM   #9
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The product literature spanning all these model years shows different gauges, I think. (e.g. 04 literature says new B/W gauges and 05 indicates another change).

If so, that's three different makes of gauges, but similar problems existing across all model years.

I'm speculating that the sending unit is the only constant, making it a prime suspect for all these problems.

I don't know what it costs (mine is a warranty replacement), but I don't think it's very costly.

Given all this, even if I didn't get a warranty replacement, I'd probably just order and replace the sending unit. I took a look at the mounting location and it doesn't look difficult, as Frank reported.
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Got the sending unit. Paperwork says it's a $34 item...
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Re: Jim's comment, makes sense that it would be sending unit. But, I had to change dash gauges approx. three to four times due to erratic tach and speed odometer readings. On some gauges the fuel gauge worked better than others. The one I have now is not one of the good ones. Go figure. I have the Silver Leaf Gauge software on my laptop computer that I always run, it shows fuel used and/or fuel left. I just have to adjust for hours generator was run.

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My fuel gage problem is related to the posistion of the sending unit on the gas tank as opposed to a faulty sending unit. I have an 05 Avalanche and we may have different problems.
I will tell you that we replaced the sending unit first.
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