fuel guage/fuel pump

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Elaine again ^,,^, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. Since my mechanic replaced the fuel pump and flushed out all the
    anti-freeze, the fuel gauge doesn't work, it's staying on full. Is there
    a fix for that? Thanks from a woman driver driving for 45 years. I love
    my Saturn.
    Elaine again ^,,^, Jan 4, 2005
  2. Can nobody help me?
    Elaine again ^,,^, Jan 5, 2005
  3. Elaine again ^,,^

    RKHenry Guest

    One guess is that the fuel gauge sender has been damaged by the fuel
    contamination. Replacement will likely be necessary.

    Another guess is that when the fuel pump was replaced that a connection was
    disturbed somehow. It happens sometimes, even to the best mechanics.

    In either case, I'd guess the best recourse is another visit to the shop.

    BTW, did you notify your insurance company about the fuel
    contamination/vandalism? They might be able to help you if you're carrying
    comprehensive coverage.

    Bob Henry
    RKHenry, Jan 5, 2005
  4. Thanks for your help. I didn't have comprehensive ins.when this
    happened, I do now also a gas cap lock. :(
    Elaine again ^,,^, Jan 6, 2005
  5. Elaine again ^,,^

    Oppie Guest

    I can't remember exactly if the gauge goes to full or empty if the sensor is
    unplugged. If you are very lucky, when they replaced the fuel pump, they
    forgot to re-connect one of the harnesses. Getting to the fuel pump and/or
    fuel sender on most vehicles requires part of the exhaust system to be
    removed and the tank removed from the car. Very few cars these days have an
    access to the top of the tank from inside the trunk.
    If it is not a disconnected sensor, either the sensor element may have
    been damaged and it has to be replaced or the mechanical linkage was jammed
    while the fuel pump was being removed. Either way you should see what the
    shop that did the repair will make good on for you. (good luck)
    (male) driver for 37 years

    ps what's with the ^,,^? Twin Peaks fan or just perky...
    Oppie, Jan 11, 2005
  6. The ^,,^ is the top of a cat's head silly. Thanks for your help., My
    cats have never been in my Saturn but it's full of cat hair that flies
    off my clothing.
    Elaine again ^,,^, Jan 11, 2005
  7. Elaine again ^,,^

    Oppie Guest

    Right! Now it makes sense.
    We have one cat and one Cocker Spaniel. Dog wears a harness that attaches to
    the seatbelt. We also have a blanket over the back seat (with holes for the
    seat belt buckles). Keeps the grey interior a bit cleaner.
    Cat only travels in a carrier (and not well at that).

    If you like ASCII art, check out http://www.asciimation.co.nz/
    A good chunk of the original Star Wars movie done in ASCII animation.
    Oppie, Jan 12, 2005
  8. If you cover the cat carrier with a towel or something, the cat will
    calm down. Works everytime.
    Elaine again ^,,^, Jan 12, 2005
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