Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
FishinDubs

Gas Gauge Issue

11 posts in this topic

We are leaving for Rainy in a couple of weeks and I am having issues with my gas gauge. I replaced the gauge to no avail so I am thinking maybe it is the sending unit. Otherwise it really only leaves wiring as a potential problem. How can I test the sending unit? I was getting some voltage out of the post on the unit so I assumed it was okay. Can I run 2 wires from the sending unit to the gauge and test it that way? Any help is appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry, it's on the boat. It is a built in tank and fairly easibly accessable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Take a jumper wire and connect one end to the sending unit terminal on the tank and touch the other end to ground. If the needle on the gauge pegs over the problem is the sender.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Boatfixer, are you saying use one jumper wire, leave the others intact and simply ground the termial post? Secondly are the sending units fairly easy to acquire? We have a number of marine resellers around here and I really want to make sure it gets fixed before we are a long way from camp with no gauge. Thanks for the reply, it is appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Check this thread out:

Fuel Gauge Troubleshooting for more troubleshooting info.

Second off, yes, just ground the terminal post. Sending units are pretty straight forward, but before I picked one up I'd want to know that I had the right depth sender, which requires pulling your old one out. I'd trouble shoot it and fix it now.

marine_man

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Marine Man, thanks for the response. As I recall I did this very test last year and it pegged the gauge. I can get to the sending unit fairly easily so I think I will just pull it out this weekend. Are there some standard units that most marine stores will carry or be able to order?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, you shouldn't have too many problems getting a sending unit. Worst case scenario is you'll have to make your own float arm, which would be the exact same as the one you have - you just bend it in the correct locations.

marine_man

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Most come with adjustable arms. Just follow the directions and it's pretty straight forward.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks to all who responded. I am hoping to take a run at it this weekend and I will let you know how it goes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I got some time today to pick up a new universal sending unit and install it. It took a bit longer than anticipated but I think it worked. Actually I know it worked, I just don't know how accurate it will be. I could only find one for a 12"-24" deep tank and this one was something like 6"-8" deep. Just like Marine Man suspected I had to basically make the float arm resemble the old one. So we field modified it.

We started with an unknow amount of gas and that didn't help. Once we filled the tank and made a number of adjustments we were able to get it to read exactly full. Now only if it is accurate when it is empty.

Thanks to all that offered insight and assistance, it is appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • I am interested in what this cough muffler looks like
    • Looks like a lot of rocks.  Could be some fish laying on the bottom.  I look for separation between the object and the shadow.  After I get more acquainted with my new unit i will try and post some shots
    • Its a whole new world down there with SI and DI.   After you learn what the picture is showing you,  you'll wonder what took so long to get it   I was a Lowrance guy for years and made the switch to H'bird this year with the new Solix with Mega chirp.  Very happy with it so far.  Amazing clarity and images.  
    • Swiveldigger picked up his 3rd win of the year with 342 pts. and jumped from 11th to 5th in the standings.   2--fishingstar  322 3--88fan    316 3--huckfin  316 5--Juneau4  310 6--BlackLundProV  308                                               HIGHEST  WEEKLY SCORE HAS BEEN   CATZMAN                                                                                                                   365 7--Catzman  268 8--jar jar  242 9--mnwildman  224 10--gregg52  174 11--Musky999  128   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Standings 1--Juneau4  2170 2--Catzman  2121 3--fishingstar  2092 4--88fan   2052 5--Swiveldigger  1995 6--mnwildman  1994 7--Gregg52   1985 8--BlackLundProV  1975 8--huckfin  1975 10-jar jar   1947 11-Musky999  1890 
    • Back to the original reply- which one and which size? http://www.homedepot.com/p/Basement-Watchdog-Emergency-Battery-Backup-Sump-Pump-System-BWE/100055241   Amperage (amps) 6.5   Or, if you want to be serious then install a few of these bad boys. I call it the Mother Of All Backups or MOAB for short.   https://www.sumppumpsdirect.com/SUMPRO-SUMPROGOLD-Sump-Pump/p2565.html  
    • Has anyone been on Clear yet this season? Thinking about heading that way in a few weeks to try for some walleye and yellows. 
    •   Well wasn't cheap but you got fixed and it would have been a real mess if she blew out on the lake.
    • Congrats looks like a beautiful and productive lake! Nice work. 
    • Ended up being the clutch dog and reverse gear were wore out... 550 for parts...I almost ended up getting a whole new lower unit, but a buddy was able to find the parts...The shop said they discontinued the parts Yada Yada Yada, but some shop in Hackensack was able to find them I guess...just want the dang boat back ha...
    • That's rough DrJ, were you on public or private land?   
  • Our Sponsors