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    Fuel sender malfunction?

    Hey all!

    It has been awhile since I got hit w/ something I could not figure out: ('86 Max 2.6 two-wheel)... last week while running around, my fuel gauge pegged at "Super full" from about 2/3 of a tank. I figured a wiring short to the frame, but everything is scoche after a complete front-to-rear visual check. I could see the float coming off and giving me an "Empty" indication, but has anyone ever had a sending unit short out inside the tank?? Thanks! Grumppa
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    UHHHH... O.K., I will take that as a "No". Thanks anyway all. Luckily, I have always been a MPG junky so I know the correlation between how far I have driven and how much petrol remains in the tank. NO WAY I am dropping the tank just for a sender problem!! Motor on!! (Don't know as I could find a replacement anywho.) Grumppa
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    II have seen many units go bad in the tank. The wiper arm just rubs through the wire windings. On my tank I was able to remove the sender because it was at a 45 degree angle and easy to get to. But some go directly in the top.
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    1st gen senders are in the side of the tank, and the 86 sender is unique to that year because of the 3 wire hookup. Mike Warme had some 1st gen senders, but only up to 86.
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