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Old 06-15-2013, 09:49 PM   #1
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Gas gauge does not work

Hi I have a 1996 Rexall Aerbus and the gage is not working. What do I look for a fuse or ground wire and if so where do I look,
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:11 PM   #2
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If it stays on empty its a ground wire probably. If it stays on full it's probably a sending unit.
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If you have a metal fuel tank, make sure the tank its self is grounded.
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What about if it bounces around between 1/4 and full when you know it's full?
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:32 AM   #5
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Hi I have a 1996 Rexall Aerbus and the gage is not working. What do I look for a fuse or ground wire and if so where do I look,
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We need to know what Chassis the 1996 Rexall Aerbus is riding on first before we can help you much.
For example F53.
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If its a bouncing all the time, then its a bad sending unit (its in the tank) could cost a ton to fix, tank has to come down to do so. As someone else has said, ground wires are the number one thing that goes haywire with a gas gauge!
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Our gas gauge hasn't worked in years. Fixed it once when we had to replace the sending unit and fuel filter in the tank. There was a hole in the float. After we got it dried (no gas), we soldered over the hole. It worked for a couple days, then went to EMPTY again. I assume the solder came off, probably due to poor surface prep. Someday I may take the tank down again, but for now I just fill up every 250-280 miles.
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Thanks guys for the suggestions, I forgot to mention that when the ignition is off the gage marks 1/4 full when I know it has more, then when I insert the key the gage goes to empty. is that a ground problem or something else?
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Somewhere I have read that the 1/4 mark is fairly standard for ignition-off gas gauge. Mine does the same thing, and as mentioned earlier, my gauge hasn't worked in years. When it was working, it still registered 1/4 or so with the ignition off. It drops to empty when I turn the ignition on.
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Thanks guys for the suggestions, I forgot to mention that when the ignition is off the gage marks 1/4 full when I know it has more, then when I insert the key the gage goes to empty. is that a ground problem or something else?
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When the ignition is off it is irrelevant what the needle points to.

If the gauge just points to "E" then more than likely the float has sunk.
If the needle pegs passed "E" then more than likely you have a short to ground.
An open wire would make the needle peg passed "F".

If the wire has 145 ohms to ground the needle will point at the "F".
If the wire has 22.5 ohms to ground the needle will point at the "E".
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