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If you have the "original" fuel level sensor which is usually located in the drivers side fuel tank it is the "float on a lever" type. the float usually develops a leak and then starts acting erratically. The sensor has gone trough various changes and is now a vertical float sliding on a shaft. I changed mine a while back and the newer style is easier to install and also seem to be more accurate.

You can remove the sensor very easily and take a look see. By the way they also improved the wire connections to the newer style sensor which really helps. Do you "stick dip" your tanks to gauge their level?

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"Do you "stick dip" your tanks to gauge their level?".....I don't trust my gauge ....I use a 1/2" dowel, marked 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 and full....be sure to drill the "grab" end, place some mason's string thru it to form a loop that you can slip over your wrist....I have my first stick floating in one of my tanks....

 

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Gemstone

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I have my first stick floating in one of my tanks.... LOL

 

I use a fiberglass reflective rod, TSC, Lowes, etc. the kind you find marking driveways. It doesn't absorb fuel like wood does.

 

Heavy - Save your last fuel slip (in case you get a load of bad) write your mileage on it, figure your mileage, and round down then do 75% of the capacity. None of them work real well.

 

1178 miles / 122. = 9.6 (mileage)= x 300 = 2880 range. *.75 = 2000 miles to fill up. I put a 2000 mile note on the visor, along with height US / metric, tire pressures etc.

 

I usually reset the DID every fill up and just let it keep count.

 

2 other factors add to my being off. APU on the side and diesel powered heater. Diesel heater is 2 kw --- so 138,000 btu (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/fuel_comparison_chart.pdf) / 2,000 is gallon every 45 hours - not an item APU is .07 gallon per hour so gallon every 10 another non item.

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