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Roderick Waite
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Username: rodwaite

Post Number: 178
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 07:18 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hello - me again - another little query. I fitted a new fuel gauge sender unit 8 years ago, and it has worked perfectly - until now. In the past 10 days or so I've noticed it tends to stick at 1/4 full. I usually keep the tank about half full, 50 litres or so, and the gauge goes up towards the 1/2 mark when I put in my usual 25 litres, but over a few days slowly settles back to 1/4 even though I haven't used the car. Is this normal behaviour indicating I need another new sender unit? Any recommendations? Thanks ...
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Roderick Waite
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Username: rodwaite

Post Number: 179
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 07:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Should have said it's for a 1984 Spirit ECH09680
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Paul Yorke
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Username: paul_yorke

Post Number: 2050
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 07:25 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Does it stay down at 1/4 even if you take it for a drive?
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Roderick Waite
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Username: rodwaite

Post Number: 180
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Thursday, 19 April, 2018 - 05:22 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

Hello Paul - yes, but I think that it goes down once the fuel in the tank actually does reach the quarter full mark. Not sure about that, but I can't trust it any more -I have to use the trip odometer (25 litres = 75 miles). I get nervous when it goes below a quarter - petrol stations in France are few and very far between!
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Roderick Waite
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Username: rodwaite

Post Number: 182
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Monday, 21 May, 2018 - 02:45 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IP

To update this - Echo simply stopped. Luckily just as I was leaving the garage. Noticed the fuel gauge didn't move when the ignition was switched on, and knew I had about 40 litres left. Or thought I did ... fearing an electrical failure, stripped the ignition barrel ... perfect ... long story short it was a petrol leak right after the fuel pump, rubber hose evidently leaking more and more over a very long period, but only under pump pressure. Eventually leaking 2 miles-worth for every mile travelled - so I'd used 20 litres and leaked 40. Gauge didn't move because the tank was actually empty. 3 quids worth of proper hose and 5 minutes under the car fixed it.

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