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2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr 114 WB 4.0L

2003 Ford Explorer
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Rear Wheel Drive, 4 Door
15 mpg city / 21 mpg hwy
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December 8, 2012, 6:25 pm

James F

Question: Fuel Gauge

Fuel gauge reads irratically, could show 3/4 tank on one start up then show 1/2 tank on another. Also gauge may fall then rise then settle down. I never know for sure how much fuel I have.

December 14, 2012, 9:52 am

Elizabeth K

Fuel gauge problems can either be caused by the dash gauge, the fuel tank sending unit or the wiring in between. Your problem sounds like the sending unit in the fuel tank is going bad--you'll have to lower the fuel tank to replace it, and until then the best way to know how much fuel you've got is to keep track of how much you add and your mileage.

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