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Old 08-23-2016, 04:03 PM   #1
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Stuck Fuel Gauge

I noticed my fuel gauge was at 5/8 of a tank before a trip south, so I went to top it off but it would barely take 3 gallons! So I determined that I topped it off after my last trip and my gauge is stuck there now Anybody have a quick and easy fix or do I have to start counting my miles and do the math
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Old 08-23-2016, 09:51 PM   #2
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Maybe the float is stuck, bound up? If you need to replace and your access is the same as my 2000 Allure, I have some advice.
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:54 AM   #3
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Leave it stuck, as you'll get much better MPG if you never need to add fuel!

(Sorry, wife is not here to control my bad jokes!).

Real constructive input already provided...

Best of luck on it,
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Old 08-24-2016, 11:11 AM   #4
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Don't panic , as the fuel gets down in the tank the sloshing may free it up .

If this was my problem I'd have to forget repairing it , tank supports are welded in place.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:10 PM   #5
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There is no float in your tank. What you have is a resistance sensor rod made by Centroid. I replaced one in a 2004 Allure. The replacement was less than $100 and took me about an hour to do. No special tools or skills required.
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Old 08-24-2016, 02:25 PM   #6
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There is no float in your tank. What you have is a resistance sensor rod made by Centroid. I replaced one in a 2004 Allure. The replacement was less than $100 and took me about an hour to do. No special tools or skills required.
George, I would assume it's on the top of the tank, but since I'm not near the coach, where would I find it and is there easy access to it? Thanks!
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RJ, I will tell you about mine which, I think, is the same as yours.

My '04 Allure had easy access to the passenger side top of the tank. That access was through a factory provided opening in the front wall of the front bay on the passenger side. Removal of a dozen or so screws from the panel opened the wall.

The sensor device is a metal rod attached to a tank cap with wires attached. The cap screws off and lifts vertically from the tank. Mine had plenty of head room and I expect that yours will be the same.

You can order the replacement sensor directly from Centroid based on the length of the sensor and the number of wires. They will also provide a formula to determine if you have adequate headroom to remove the sensor without dropping the tank.

Good luck and let me know if I can be of further help.
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Thanks George, I'll take a look first chance I get!
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From a quick peek, looks like I may have to drop the tank
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RJPerry and gsander1, I also would be interested in cause and solution for this. Earlier this year, my gauge was/is stuck on 3/4 even after filling and I've filled it @ 5 times this summer. Mine is an 04 Allure, 36', #30997. What are your coach numbers?
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RJPerry and gsander1, I also would be interested in cause and solution for this. Earlier this year, my gauge was/is stuck on 3/4 even after filling and I've filled it @ 5 times this summer. Mine is an 04 Allure, 36', #30997. What are your coach numbers?
I have my coach number in my phone as 11761, that sound right?

Fixing the gauge issue is on the back burner for me right now and dropping the tank to replace the sensor isn't on my list of fun things to do either
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Barclay, the coach that required sensor replacement was '04 Allure 33' Seaside 31038. I don't know the cause but, on my coach, the solution was easy and inexpensive. It took about an hour to r and r the sensor.

I'm disappointed that RJs tank situation is different from mine.
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From a quick peek, looks like I may have to drop the tank
Not sure if you have the same space that I did on my 2000 allure, but I was able to reach in there and remove the 5 screws that held the sending unit in place. It was very tight and even painful at times, but I didn't have to lower my tank.
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Cool Stuck/Sticky fuel gauge

Related issue, I think:
I took our new-to-us '08 Allure down to the Columbia River for a few nights, shaking things out. It's 200 miles from home and our Silverleaf says this Coach gets right about 7 mpg. We had 1/2+ of our 135 Gal tank on the gauge so I figured I had PLENTY. By the time I got there I was well under 1/8, wandering down to virtually Empty on downhills. Guess the sensor is in the aft part of the tank? So I went on panic mode and put in 10 gal at the very remote and very expensive local station to get me the 30 miles to more reasonable prices. Put in 40 Gal there before heading home to our local COSTCO (BLESS YOU COSTCO for adding Diesel to your line-up)! When we hit Costco I "topped her up" with 67 Gallons. The gauge reads full now, but something's way wrong! If I had 1/8 to start home, that's about 17 gal on board. I added 10+40+67 = 117 Gal, so my TOTAL fuel should be 117+17 = 134 - a very full tank. But I drove 200 miles that day, so should have used about 30 Gal. This tank CANNOT be full! Is it typical that these gauges are that far off the money? I guess I'm going to have to start a fuel log and do this by dead reckoning!
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